NEH Names Political Scientist Harvey Mansfield 2007 Jefferson Lecturer

Political scientist Harvey Mansfield will deliver the 2007 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced this week. The annual NEH-sponsored Jefferson Lecture is considered the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.

“With a distinguished career of thoughtful, and thought-provoking, discourse on political theory and higher education, Harvey Mansfield has captivated his readers and students with the strength of his convictions and the depth of his courage,” said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole when announcing the selection. “This prolific author and engaging teacher offers a truly distinctive perspective on political thought and practice.”

Mansfield, the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government at Harvard, will present the 36th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C., on “How to Understand Politics: What the Humanities Can Say to Science.” Attendance at the lecture is by invitation and free. Those interested in receiving an invitation should call (202) 606-8400 or e-mail