As part of Queens University of Charlotte's Sesquicentennial anniversary celebration, The Learning Society of Queens hosted best-selling author David McCullough on Thursday, October 5 before a sold out crowd of 1,000 attendees. McCullough's lecture, titled "Leadership and the History You Do Not Know," was held at 7pm in Dana Auditorium of the E.H. Little Fine Arts Center on Queens' campus. Earlier in the day, McCullough participated in an interactive session with Queens students at 4pm in Sykes Auditorium in the Sykes Learning Center. He was introduced by Senior Jeremy Carlson, a political science major, at Queens.
McCullough is the author of the bestseller "1776" and is a two-time winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His books have been praised for their exceptional narrative sweep, scholarship and insight into American life and literary distinction.
Learning Society President John Culbertson said, "We are very pleased at the response to Mr. McCullough. Our mission is to continually bring an outstanding speaker series to Queens and the Charlotte community each year, and this sell out is just another example of how our community responds when given access to experts like Mr. McCullough."
"1776" hit the New York Times bestseller list at number one. His previous work, "John Adams," remains one of the most critically acclaimed and widely read American biographies of all time. His other books include "The Johnstown Flood," "The Great Bridge," "The Path Between the Seas," "Mornings on Horseback," "Brave Companions" and "Truman."
His overall work has been honored by the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal and the New York Public Library's Literary Lion Award. McCullough is the past president of the Society of American Historians. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received 38 honorary degrees.