This year’s Hanify-Howland lecture was delivered by
Chris Matthews ’67 on April 5. Titled “Freedom,” the
talk drew on Matthews’ vast experience in the media
and the political arena. He is currently the anchor of Hardball
With Chris Matthews which airs on the MSNBC and CNBC networks.
In addition to broadcasting, Matthews is also a political
commentator for the Today show and the author of two best-selling
books, Hardball and Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry That
Shaped Post-War America. Kennedy & Nixon was made into
a documentary by the A&E network. Matthews began his
career as a speechwriter for Jimmy Carter and served as a
long-time aide to House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill
In addition to lecturing, Matthews also conducted two seminars, during which
students had the opportunity to ask more in-depth questions of the pundit.
The Hanify-Howland Lecture Series honors the late Edward F. Hanify, a 1904 graduate
who served 15 years as a Massachusetts Superior Court justice. Hanify died in
1954. The series was begun by his friend, the late Weston Howland.