UM Caps President’s Lecture Series with Award-Winning Harvard Professor

April 21, 2015

MISSOULA – A conservative political philosopher, well-known on the Harvard University campus and beyond, will deliver the final installment of the 2014-15 President’s Lecture Series at the University of Montana.

Harvey Mansfield, Harvard University’s William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government, will present “Science and the Humanities in America’s Universities” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 1, in the Dennison Theatre. The lecture is held in collaboration with the project on American Democracy and Citizenship.

Mansfield also will lead a seminar titled “The Wisdom of the U.S. Constitution” earlier that day from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. The lecture and seminar are free and open to the public.

After receiving his doctorate in government from Harvard in 1961, Mansfield joined the Harvard faculty and has remained there ever since. His conservatism comes chiefly from two sources: his delighted discovery of Leo Strauss’ political philosophy, and his appalled reaction to the campus protest movements of the 1960s.

In the course of his career as an award-winning teacher at Harvard and a legend on the campus as a politically incorrect controversialist, he has been honored with the National Humanities Medal, the Sidney Hook Memorial Award from the National Association of Scholars and an invitation to give the Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. 

The President’s Lecture Series at UM consists of 10 talks on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers throughout the academic year. For more information on the series, visit or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.

Contact: Richard Drake, UM history professor and lecture series organizer, 406-243-2981,