The Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture is sponsored and administered by the Carl Albert Center, University of Oklahoma. The lecture addresses two principles that are of 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. Rothbaum lecturers are sought from among the most able and discerning observers of American life. The lectures, suitably revised and extended, are individually published as a book by the University of Oklahoma Press. The published volumes form an invaluable repository of analysis and reflection upon the American condition.