Clinton Declines Offer to Speak at Jefferson Lecture: Scholars Saw Him as Unqualified
Duin, Julia, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
The White House turned down an invitation yesterday from the National Endowment for the Humanities asking President Clinton to give its annual spring Jefferson Lecture after scholars protested the choice on the grounds that he was unqualified.
The lecture, which comes with a $10,000 honorarium and a prestigious platform for the chosen scholar, has been given to the likes of Gertrude Himmelfarb, Lionel Trilling, Saul Bellow, Barbara Tuchman, Jaroslav Pelikan, Leszek Kolakowski and Sidney Hook.
But after the Chronicle of Higher Education broke the story Monday that Mr. Clinton - who is not known as a scholar and whose only advanced degree is in law - had been asked …
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Publication information: Article title: Clinton Declines Offer to Speak at Jefferson Lecture: Scholars Saw Him as Unqualified. Contributors: Duin, Julia - Author. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: September 22, 1999. Page number: 6. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 1999 Gale Group.
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