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Mansfield to give NEH’s Jefferson Lecture

Harvey Mansfield, perhaps the most visible conservative professor in the Ivy League, will be giving the Jefferson Lecture for the National Endowment for the Humanities this coming month.
The details:

  • When: Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Warner Theatre; Washington, D.C.
  • What: “How to Understand Politics: What the Humanities Can Say to Science.”

Says Mansfield, in his characteristically veiled tone, of the theme of the lecture: 

Literature is concerned with stories of individuals whereas social sciences try to speak in abstract. It’s easy to speak that way to an abstract country, but we live in one with a proper name. I would like to restore the understanding of the proper name to the understanding of politics.

Travis Kavulla is director of Energy and Environmental Policy at the R Street Institute. He is a former president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners who held elected office as a Montana public service commissioner for eight years. Before that, he was an associate editor for National Review.

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