The Godkin Lectures on the Essentials of Free Government and the Duties of the Citizen

The Edwin L. Godkin Lecture is an annual lecture hosted by Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Established in 1903, the lectures were named in honor of Edwin L. Godkin, founder of The Nation.

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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Cover: The Uses of the University: Fifth Edition

The Uses of the University: Fifth Edition

Kerr, Clark

The multiversity that Clark Kerr so presciently discovered now finds itself in an age of apprehension with few certainties. Leaders of institutions of higher learning can be either hedgehogs or foxes in the new age. Kerr gives five general points of advice on what kinds of attitudes universities should adopt. He then gives a blueprint for action for “foxes,” suggesting that a few “hedgehogs” need to be around to protect university autonomy and the public weal.

Cover: Old World, New Horizons: Britain, Europe, and the Atlantic Alliance

Old World, New Horizons: Britain, Europe, and the Atlantic Alliance

Heath, Edward

The effort to achieve greater European unity has absorbed the interests and energies of a number of Europeans and Americans since the end of World War II. Edward Heath, who led Britain’s earliest attempt to join the European Economic Community, first made this comprehensive statement of the philosophy and purpose behind the movement for European unity in a series of lectures he gave at Harvard University in March 1967.

Cover: New Dimensions of Political Economy

New Dimensions of Political Economy

Heller, Walter W.

In his first book since leaving Washington to return to the University of Minnesota, Walter W. Heller describes the emergence of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson as practicing economists, evaluates their economic policies, and sketches the patterns that are being established for the future. He tells how the grip of economic myths and false fears has been loosened in the government, with the result that economic policy is focused on sustaining prosperity without inflation, on speeding economic growth, and on realizing the fruits of true fiscal abundance.

Cover: The Crisis in Energy Policy

The Crisis in Energy Policy

Deutch, John M.

With an extraordinary mix of technical, scholarly, corporate, and governmental expertise, John Deutch offers an eye-opening history of the muddled practices that have passed for energy policy over the past thirty years, and a cogent account of what we can learn from so many breakdowns of strategy and execution.

Cover: Science and Government

Science and Government

Snow, Charles Percy

Propelled to fame by his “Two Cultures” lecture, scientist-turned-novelist C. P. Snow (1905–1980) here tells a story of hatred and ambition at the top of British science, exposing how vital decisions were ultimately determined by politics. Today scientists and politicians are more contentious, but Snow’s dramatic narrative remains the best guide.

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Jacket: Out of My Skull: The Psychology of Boredom, by James Danckert and John D. Eastwood, from Harvard University Press

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‘manifold glories of classical Greek and Latin’

The digital Loeb Classical Library ( extends the founding mission of James Loeb with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature.