Julian J. Rothbaum (1913-2003)
The Rothbaum Lecture is named in honor of Mr. Julian J. Rothbaum of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a
leader in Oklahoma civic affairs, an
important supporter of the University
of Oklahoma, and a
lifelong friend of Speaker Carl Albert. Mr. Rothbaum attended the University of Oklahoma
from 1932 to 1936 and was president of the student body during his senior
year. In 1938, he graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
He served a four-year tour in the Army during World War II. In 1946 he moved
to Tulsa, Oklahoma
to serve as the first director of the newly created Tulsa District of the
Federal Housing Administration and was the youngest FHA director in the United States
at that time. In the early 1950s, he owned and oeprated
the Julian J. Rothbaum Mortgage Banking Comapny, and he served as president of the Oklahoma Mortgage
Bankers Association in 1953. He later became associated with Francis Oil
& Gas, Inc. of Tulsa,
and eventually served as chairman of the board from 1966 until his death on
September 26, 2003.
Mr. Rothbaum actively supported education in the state of Oklahoma throughout
his life. He established student awards in honor of Carl Albert at The
University of Oklahoma and McAlester
(Okla.) High School as well as the Carl
Albert Prize at St. Peters College, Oxford
In addition, Mr. Rothbaum sponsored awards in music and in petroleum land
management for outstanding students at the University
of Oklahoma and, with his wife Irene,
endowed a Presidential Professorship of Excellence in the College of Fine Arts.
After his wife's death in 1996, Mr. Rothbaum honored her by endowing the
Irene Rothbaum Award for the Outstanding Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1998 he
established at the OU College of Law an annual award in honor of his son,
Joel Jankowsky, to recognize the graduating student who exemplifies the
highest standard of excellence in leadership, scholarship, and selfless
service to others. In 2003, Mr. Rothbaum established the Irene and Julian
Rothbaum Professor of History endowed chair.
Mr. Rothbaum served two terms on the Board of Regents of The University of
Oklahoma. He was also a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher
Education and was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1986. He was the
Special Advisor on Higher Education to Governor David Walters in the early
In honor of this record of service, The University of Oklahoma awarded him
the Distinguished Service Citation in 1974 and an honorary doctorate in
Rothbaum Lecture has as its general theme the role of representative
institutions in the United
States. In addition, the lecture addresses
two principles that are of major significance to Mr. Rothbaum: the importance
of the relationship between education and public service in a representative
democracy and the importance of participation by private citizens in public
affairs. (Pictured: James MacGregor Burns,
the Rothbaum Lecturer in 1987)
The commitment to the relationship between education and public service
has been guided by Mr. Rothbaum's conviction that
the success of representative institutions and the future of representative
government depend upon human enlightenment in general and civic education in
particular. Widespread education not only creates the conditions within which
broad-based participation in political affairs is possible, but also enhances
the quality of that participation.
Because participation in political affairs is not restricted to public
officials, a second major commitment is the importance of the participation
by private citizens in public affairs. Alexis de Tocqueville, in the last
century, wrote that the strength of American democracy lay in the willingness
of average citizens to involve themselves in the affairs of the community.
Mr. Rothbaum's commitment to this notion has been
illustrated by his own service to his country, his state, and his
The Rothbaum Lecture, embodying these principles, is an event of national
significance. Rothbaum lecturers are sought from among the most able and
discerning observers of American life. The published volumes that arise from
this lecture form an invaluable repository of analysis and reflection upon
the American condition. Thus, the Rothbaum Lecture performs an important
national service and, in so doing, addresses squarely the concerns of the man
in whose honor it is named.
Former majority whip of U.S. House and president emeritus of New York University.
Lecture Title: Politics, Education and the National Interest.
Book (1987): The
Politics of Education: Conflict and Consensus on Capitol Hill.
B. Conable, Jr. ~ 1985
Former member of Congress and former president of The World Bank.
Lecture Title: The Congress and the Income Tax.
Book (1989): Congress
and the Income Tax.
MacGregor Burns ~
Professor of Political Science, Williams
Lecture Title: Majority Rule and Individual Rights.
Book (1990): Cobblestone Leadership: Majority Rule, Minority Power (out
P. Huntington ~ 1989
Director, John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University.
Lecture Title: The Third Wave: Democratization in Today's World.
Book (1991): The Third
Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth
J. Lowi ~
John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions, Cornell University.
Lecture Title: The End of the Republican Era.
Book (1995): The End of the Republican Era (out of print).
F. Fenno, Jr. ~
Kenan Professor of Political Science, University of
Lecture Title: Senators and Citizens: A View from the Campaign Trail.
Book (1996): Senators
on the Campaign Trail: The Politics of Representation.
O. Jones ~ 1995
Hawkins Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lecture Title: A Presidency at Risk?
Book (1999): Clinton
and Congress, 1993-1996: Risk, Restoration and Reelection
Martin Lipset ~ 1997
Hazel Professor of Public Policy at the Institute of Public Policy, George
Mason University, and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford
Lecture Title: The Development of Democracy.
Book (2004): The Democratic
Theda Skocpol ~
Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University.
Lecture Title: Civic Engagement in America.
Book (2003): Diminished
Democracy: From Membership to Management
in American Civic Life.
Holden, Jr. ~ 2001
The Henry L. and Grace M. Doherty Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs
at the University
Lecture Title: Public Administration and Political Power.
Barbara Sinclair ~
The Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at the University of California,
Lecture Title: Partisanship,
Institutional Transformation, and PR Politics: The Shaping of the
Congressional Policy-Making Process.
Book: Party Wars: Polarization and the Politics of National Policy Making
Morris P. Fiorina ~ 2005
Wendt Family Professor of
Political Science, Stanford
Lecture Title: The Great Disconnect: The Breakdownof Representation in Contemporary America
Jennifer Hochschild ~ 2007
Jayne Professor of Government, Harvard
Lecture Title: Facts, Politics, and Democracy
(All books are published by The University of Oklahoma Press.)
The Rothbaum Lectures are free and open to the public. For more
information, contact LaDonna Sullivan
at the Carl Albert
Center. The Rothbaum Lecture is part of the Carl Albert
Center's public outreach program.
Accommodations on the basis of disability are available by contacting the Carl Albert