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UW Prepares for McCullough Appearance Visitors

April 11, 2013

The University of Wyoming is making special provisions for visitors who plan to attend next week’s presentation by acclaimed historian and author David McCullough.

The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner will speak about “Leadership and the History You Don’t Know” at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the UW College of Arts and Sciences Auditorium.

The talk is free and open to the public, but those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive early to allow time for parking and seating. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

Parking will be available on campus west of 15th Street starting at noon, as UW Transit and Parking Services will not issue tickets in that part of campus in the afternoon. Free shuttle service from shuttle parking lots also will be available on the afternoon of the event. For a list of shuttle locations, routes and schedules, visit

Other than free shuttle parking lots, visitors should not park east of 15th Street on campus without proper permits.

A gifted speaker, McCullough has lectured all over the world, including at the White House, and is one of the few private citizens to speak before a joint session of Congress. His work has been translated and published in 15 countries, and more than 10 million copies are in print. McCullough has been an editor, essayist, teacher and lecturer, a familiar presence on public television as host of “Smithsonian World” and “The American Experience,” and narrator of numerous documentaries, including Ken Burns’ “The Civil War.”

During the lecture at UW, no audio or video recording or flash photography will be permitted. McCullough’s speech will be followed by a question-and-answer session hosted by former U.S. Sen. Alan K. Simpson, with Simpson asking pre-selected questions. There will not be a book signing.

McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history” and a “matchless writer.” He won Pulitzer Prizes for his presidential biographies, “Truman” in 1993 and “John Adams” in 2002. He also has received two National Book Award citations for “The Path Between the Seas” in 1978 and, in 1982, for “Mornings on Horseback.” His book, “John Adams,” was turned into an award-winning HBO seven-part mini-series.

McCullough, in 2006, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- the nation’s highest civilian award.

His presentation, part of the UW Libraries Development Board’s annual author event, is funded by the McMurry-Spieles Endowment for Library Excellence.

For more information about McCullough’s presentation, call the University Libraries at (307) 766-3279 or email

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