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The Lost Massey Lectures

Recovered Classics from Five Great Thinkers CBC Massey Lectures

Introduction by Bernie Lucht • Written by John Kenneth Galbraith • Written by Paul Goodman • Written by Jane Jacobs • Written by Eric W. Kierans • Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Published October 01, 2007 | ISBN 9780887848643
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The Lost Massey Lectures

Recovered Classics from Five Great Thinkers

CBC Massey Lectures

Bernie Lucht • John Kenneth Galbraith • Paul Goodman • Jane Jacobs • Eric W. Kierans • Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 Creators

Bernie Lucht

Bernie Lucht has been the executive producer of CBC Radio's Ideas and the Massey Lectures since 1984.

John Kenneth Galbraith

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) was a Canadian-born American economist, public servant, and writer. He was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 1997.

Paul Goodman

Paul Goodman (1911-1972) was an American writer, teacher, and social critic.

Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urban activist and writer. A Canadian citizen from 1974, she was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 1996.

Eric W. Kierans

Eric W. Kierans (1914-2004) was a Canadian economist, business leader, politician, and writer.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and a key leader in the American civil-rights movement. Martin Luther King Day was established as a U.S. holiday in 1986.