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Pulitzer Prize winners
Why Students Should Care About the World—& Change It
 
Astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium 
Science as a Way of Knowing
 
Challenges Facing America Today
 
Her Life Stories
 
2011 - Steven D. Levitt
William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago
The World through the Eyes of a Freakonomist
 
Journalist and Author
From Nixon to Obama
 
2009 - Greg Mortenson
Author
Peace Through Education
 
2008- Retired Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft,USAF
U.S. Diplomacy in a Transforming World
 
2007 - Ruth Wedgwood
The Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, and Director of the Program in International Law and Organizations, at the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, D.C.
Fighting Terrorism within the Law
 
2006 – William Kristol
Editor of “The Weekly Standard”
American Foreign Policy after September 11th
 
2005 – Leon R. Kass, M.D., Ph.D.
Addie Clark Harding Professor in the Committee on Social Thought
Science, Politics and the Dilemmas of Bioethics
 
2004 – Linda Chavez
President, Center for Equal Opportunity
Thinking About Race: The Shifting Civil Rights Agenda
 
2003 – Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor (Ret.)
United States Marine Corps
War and the Christian Conscience
 
2002 – Hon. Clarence Thomas
Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court
Judging and the Court
 
2001 – Mary Ann Glendon
Learned Hand Professor, Harvard Law School
Perils and Promise of the International Human Rights Project
 
2000 – Christopher J. Matthews
MSNBC “Hardball” Anchor
Freedom
 
1999 – Paul D. Wofowitz
Dean, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University
Quarrels in Far Away Countries: U.S. National Interests and Ethnic Conflicts
 
1998 – Gertrude Himmelfarb
Professor Emerita of History, The City University of New York
Two Cultures: A Nation Divided
 
1997 – Prof. James Q. Wilson
Collins Professor of Management, The University of California at Los Angeles
Criminal Trials: Judging vs. Explaining
 
1996 – Hon. Robert P. Casey
Former Governor, Pennsylvania
Not by Bread Alone: The Culture War and its Impact on the Politics of 1996 and Beyond
 
1994 – Gen. John R. Galvin (Ret.)
United States Army
The Uses of Military Force in Achieving National Objectives
 
1993 – Hon. Paul E. Tsongas
Former Senator, Massachusetts
The Future of America
 
1992 – Hon. Shirley Williams
Professor of Electoral Politics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
From Communism to Democracy: The Agony of Transition
 
1991 – Hon. John T. Noonan, Jr.
Judge, United States Court of Appeals
Free Exercise of Religion: Past History and Present Crisis
 
1990 – Hon. Antonin Scalia
Associate Justice, United States Supreme
Reflections on the Constitution
 
1989 – Robert M. Hayes
Founder, National Coalition for the Homeless
Fear, Loathing or Compassion? Confronting the Homeless on the Streets of America
 
1988 – Paul A. Volcker
Former Chairman, Federal Reserve System
Meeting Our Public Responsibilities
 
1987 – Bernard J. O’Keefe
Chairman, Executive Committee of EG&G
The U.S. Economy and World Peace
 
1986 – Dr. Constance E. Clayton
Superintendent, Philadelphia Public Schools
Cross-Currents and Conflicts in Educational Reform
 
1985 – William M. Dyal, Jr.
President, American Field Service International/Intercultural Programs, Inc.
Building Bridges of Understanding in a Divided World
 
1984 – Hon. R. Sargent Shriver
Founding Director, Peace Corps; Former Ambassador to France
 
1984: George Orwell versus Holy Cross
 
1983 – Hon. Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Esq.
Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under President Carter
Politicizing God and Science: Whatever Happened to the Difference Between Madame Curie and Dr. Frankenstein?
 
1982 – Dr. Lester C. Thurow
Professor of Management and Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Can the United States Survive in a Competitive World?
 
1981 – Prof. Doris Kearns Goodwin
Former Aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson
The Presidency: Imperial or Impotent
 
1980 – Hon. Theodore L. Eliot, Jr. 
Dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
The United States and the World in the 1980’s
 
1979 – Hon. Henry Cabot Lodge
Distinguished Public Servant
Needed Reforms in American Government and Foreign Policy
 
1978 – John Kenneth Galbraith
Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics Emeritus, Harvard University
Inflation to Unemployment: The Anatomy of Economic Achievement
 
1977 – Hon. George W. Ball
Under Secretary of State, Ambassador to the United Nations
Diplomacy for a Crowded World
 
1975 – Prof. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
Albert Schweitzer Professor of the Humanities, The City University of New York
The American Government and Economic Crisis
 
1974 – Prof. Archibald Cox
Harvard Law School
The Judiciary as an Instrument of Reform
 
1973 – Prof. Gino Germani
Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs, Harvard University
Democracy and Dictatorship in Latin America
 
1972 – Dr. Allen S. Whiting
Center for Chinese Studies, The University of Michigan
Relations Between the United States and China: Realities and Myths
 
1971 – Hon. Charles E. Bohlen
U.S. Career Diplomat, Former Ambassador to the Soviet Union
Aspects of American Foreign Policy in a Post-War World
 
1970 – Dr. Adam B. Ulam
Russian Research Center, Harvard University
The Sources of the Cold War: Soviet Perspectives
 
1969 – Hon. John P. Collins
Professor of Government, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Dynamics of Urban Change
 
1968 – Prof. James Vorenberg
Harvard Law School
The Need for Light and Action
 
1967 – Prof. Edwin O. Reischauer
University Professor of History, Harvard University
Beyond Vietnam
 
1966 – Dr. Richard Neustadt
Harvard School of Public Administration
Presidential Power: Presidents Kennedy and Johnson
 
1965 – Hon. Paul C. Reardon
Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court
The Judiciary: State and Federal
 
*lecturers are listed by academic year