The Lost Massey Lectures: Recovered Classics from Five Great Thinkers

by John Galbraith, Paul Goodman, Jane Jacobs

House Of Anansi Press Inc | October 1, 2007 | Trade Paperback

The Lost Massey Lectures: Recovered Classics from Five Great Thinkers is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
The CBC Massey Lectures, Canada's preeminent public lecture series, are for many of us a highly anticipated annual feast of ideas. However, some of the finest lectures, by some of the greatest minds of modern times, have been lost for many years -- unavailable to the public in any form. Important thinkers whose Massey Lectures are lamentably out of print include the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., John Kenneth Galbraith, Jane Jacobs, Paul Goodman, and Eric Kierans. Each of these lecturers spoke on a subject at the heart of their intellectual and spiritual concerns -- King on race and prejudice, Galbraith on economics and poverty, Jacobs on Canadian cities and Quebec separatism, Goodman on the moral ambiguity of America, Kierans on globalism and the nation-state -- and their words are not only of considerable historical significance but remain hugely relevant to the problems we face today. At last, a selection of these "lost" lectures is available to a world so hungry for, and yet in such short supply of, innovative ideas. The Lost Massey Lectures includes an introduction by Bernie Lucht, who has been the executive producer of CBC Radio's Ideas and the Massey Lectures since 1984.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.1 × 5.25 × 1.05 in

Published: October 1, 2007

Publisher: House Of Anansi Press Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887842178

ISBN - 13: 9780887842177

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mandatory Reading From the bastions of higher learning in Canada and the CBC, this collection of "Lost" Massey Lectures from the 60s to the 80s is as relevant today as it was to the individual scholars in their time. The lectures that stand above the others are those from Martin Luther King Jr., if not necessarily for the content but more so given the fact that a black man has made the final cut in the audition for residency at the White House. MLK's growing disenfranchisement following the landmark rulings of '64 are evident here (in '67) and one can only imagine what the world would be like had his life not come to a premature end in '68. That is not to say that John Kenneth Galbraith or Paul Goodman, both from the US as well, fall short on their lectures. Both are incredibly insightful in their own right. Galbraith's analysis of the "Underdeveloped Country" is still relevant today if not more considering the exaggerated consequences of globalization. Goodman, the self-described anarchist, provides one of the most nuanced arguments that I have read on the topic of American liberalism and its relevance amidst the tumult of the 60s protest movements. Last but not least are a couple of great lectures on the identity of Canada. In the "Tale of Two Cities", Jane Jacobs compares and contrasts the rise of Toronto and Montreal post-WWII and juxtaposes it with the overall theme of centralization versus rising nationalisms especially in French Quebec. Meanwhile, Eric W. Kierans contextualizes integration between Canada and the US through an analysis of the consequences of the Williamsburg summit of '83. In this "ahistorical age" as Bernie Lucht states, knowledge of the past is easily forgotten, lost in the clutter of our complicated lives. These great lectures remind us what it means to be a citizen in this global community, where the challenges ahead should not appear so difficult in light of what has come before us. Somewhere in the higher learning institutions of this great land, this book should be required reading.
Date published: 2008-08-02

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The Lost Massey Lectures: Recovered Classics from Five Great Thinkers

The Lost Massey Lectures: Recovered Classics from Five Great Thinkers

by John Galbraith, Paul Goodman, Jane Jacobs

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.1 × 5.25 × 1.05 in

Published: October 1, 2007

Publisher: House Of Anansi Press Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887842178

ISBN - 13: 9780887842177

About the Book

The CBC Massey Lectures, an annual broadcasting fixture for more than 45 years and Canada's preeminent public lecture series, featured some of the finest talks by some of the greatest minds of modern times. In this extraordinary collection, major thinkers offer passionate polemics on the major issues of the 20th century. Here are King on race and prejudice; Galbraith on economics and poverty; Jacobs on Canadian cities and Quebec separatism; Goodman on the moral ambiguity of America; Brandt on international peace; Kierans on globalism and the nation-state; and much more. Their words not only have considerable historical significance but also remain hugely relevant to the problems we face today. At last, a selection of these "lost" lectures is available to a world so hungry for, and yet in such short supply of, innovative ideas. "The Lost Massey Lectures" includes an introduction by veteran CBC producer Bernie Lucht.

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The CBC Massey Lectures, Canada's preeminent public lecture series, are for many of us a highly anticipated annual feast of ideas. However, some of the finest lectures, by some of the greatest minds of modern times, have been lost for many years -- unavailable to the public in any form. Important thinkers whose Massey Lectures are lamentably out of print include the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., John Kenneth Galbraith, Jane Jacobs, Paul Goodman, and Eric Kierans. Each of these lecturers spoke on a subject at the heart of their intellectual and spiritual concerns -- King on race and prejudice, Galbraith on economics and poverty, Jacobs on Canadian cities and Quebec separatism, Goodman on the moral ambiguity of America, Kierans on globalism and the nation-state -- and their words are not only of considerable historical significance but remain hugely relevant to the problems we face today. At last, a selection of these "lost" lectures is available to a world so hungry for, and yet in such short supply of, innovative ideas. The Lost Massey Lectures includes an introduction by Bernie Lucht, who has been the executive producer of CBC Radio's Ideas and the Massey Lectures since 1984.

About the Author

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) was a Canadian-born American economist, public servant, and writer. Born in Iona Station, Ontario, he earned a B.Sc. degree (1931) from the Ontario Agricultural College at Guelph and M.Sc (1933) and a Ph.D. degree (1934) from the University of California, Berkeley, and later studied in England at Cambridge University. He became a U.S. citizen in 1937 and would serve in Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson administrations. He was also Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he taught for many years, a U.S. ambassador to India (1963-63), and the author of many books of economics, including American Capitalism, The Great Crash, 1929, The Affluent Society, The New Industrial State, and Economics and the Public Purpose, as well as hundreds of essays, a memoir, and a number of novels. He was awarded numerous honorary degrees, twice received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1946 and 2000, and was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 1997. Paul Goodman (1911-1972) was an American writer, teacher, and social critic. Born in New York, his formal education was in philosophy and literature. He taught English, sociology, and city planning at the University of Chicago (where he obtained his Ph.D.), New York University, and the University of Wisconsin; at Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, NY; at the experimental college of Black Mountain; and at the "free university" organized by students of San Franc
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