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. He was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 1997.
Paul Goodman (1911-1972) was an American writer, teacher, and social critic.
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 (1914-2004) was a Canadian economist, business leader, politician, and writer.
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.