Gordon Brown to lecture at Harvard

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Britain's ex-prime minister Gordon Brown will give a lecture at Harvard next week, the Ivy League US university said Tuesday.

Brown, who lost his job earlier this year after leading the Labour Party to its first general election defeat in more than a decade, will also serve as a visiting fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics this fall.

The cerebral Brown, who served under Tony Blair's long premiership as finance minister, will give the Malcolm Wiener Lecture in International Political Economy on September 23. He could also lead discussions and participate in classes.

Harvard praised Brown, who is deeply unpopular in his own country.

"We are confident our students, faculty and university community will enjoy engaging with Gordon Brown, a prominent international leader with experience at the highest levels of government and public service," said Institute of Politics interim director John Culver.

Blair also found work in US academia after moving out of 10 Downing Street. The controversial leader lectured on religion at Yale.

In his recently published memoirs, Blair said his old friend Brown was a "disaster" as prime minister.

© 2010 AFP

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