Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture Series

The Jodidi Lecture is among the most prominent annual lecture series of the Weatherhead Center and is one of the most distinguished at the University. Established in 1955, the lecture series provides for the “delivery of lectures by eminent and well-qualified persons…for the promotion of tolerance, understanding and good will among nations, and the peace of the world.”

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The following Jodidi lectureships have been delivered at Harvard since 1958:

1958

Geoffrey Barraclough
Stevenson Research Professor, University of London

1964

“Democracy in Germany”
Fritz Erler
Leader, Social Democratic Party, Germany

1968

Andreas Papandreou
Minister, First Ministry of State, Greece

1968

Lee Kuan Yew
Prime Minister of Singapore

1973

“Has the Atlantic Alliance a Future?”
Raymond Aron
Professor of Sociology of Modern Civilization, Collège de France

1978

René Levesque
Premier, Québec

1980

“The Revolutions in Southeast Asia”
Prince Norodom Sihanouk
Former Chief of State, Cambodia

1980

“Equity and Security: The Challenges to American Foreign Policy”
Zbigniew Brzezinski
US National Security Advisor

1981

“Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey”
V.S. Naipaul
Novelist; 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature

1983

“Third World Debt and Global Recovery”
A.W. Clausen
Former Head, World Bank

1985

“The United Nations’ Potential in Shaping Tomorrow’s World”
Javier Pérez de Cuellar
United Nations Secretary-General

1986

“The Prospects for Peace in the Middle East”
Abba Eban
Former Israeli Foreign Minister

1986

“The Role of Non-violent Action in National Security”
Corazón Aquino
President of the Philippines

1987

“Democracy in India”
Rajiv Gandhi
Prime Minister of India

1994

“India’s Approach to Economic Policy Reform”
P.V. Narasimha Rao
Prime Minister of India

2002

“International Terrorism: What International Criminal Law Can Do”
Richard J. Goldstone
Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa

2003

“Facing the Challenges of Development in Peru”
Beatriz Merino
President of the Council of Ministers of Peru

2004

“The Geneva Initiative: A Realistic Utopia Creating a Window of Opportunity in a Wall of
Separation”
Amram Mitzna
Member of the Israeli Knesset and Labor Party candidate for Israeli Prime Minister

2005

“Zambia & Africa in the 21st Century”
Levy Mwanawasa
President of the Republic of Zambia

2008

“Ireland and the EU: Promoting Peace and Prosperity at Home and Abroad”
Bertie Ahern
Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland
Transcript (HTML)

2008

“The Future of Peacekeeping”
Jean-Marie Guéhenno
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
(Delivered at the Center's annual conference in Talloires, France.)

2010

“Individual Rights—Universal Peace”
Thorbjørn Jagland
Chairman, Norwegian Nobel Committee; Secretary General, European Council

Related Links:

"The Harvard Foundation Honors Jagland," Harvard Gazette article.

2011

“Islam and Peace-Building in West Africa”
Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III
Sultan of Sokoto, Nigeria

Related Links:

"Exploring Islam in Nigeria: Panel discussion precedes visit by Sultan of Sokoto," Harvard Gazette article.

2013

"Israel and Palestine: From Iconic Conflict to Iconic Solution or, Is It Time for New Paradigms?"
Avraham Burg
Israeli Author, Political Leader, and Activist; Former Speaker of the Knesset; Chairman, Jewish Agency for Israel.