On the evening of September 13, the ACG will host the inaugural Dr. Richard M. Hunt Memorial Lecture with Dr. Josef Joffe, Professor of International Politics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Dr. Josef Joffe teaches international politics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Previously he taught at Stanford and Harvard, where he earned his Ph.D. in Government. A renowned journalist and author, Dr. Joffe has served as Editorial Page Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung and Executive Editor and Co-Publisher of Die Zeit. His essays have appeared in the New York Review of Books, New York Times Book Review, Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, New York Times Magazine, New Republic, Politico, and Prospect (London). His op-ed pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Financial Times, the Times of London, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal. He has authored and co-authored ten books in English and German. His scholarly articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, International Security, The American Interest, American Purpose, and Foreign Policy. Dr. Joffe is a Founding Member of the American Academy in Berlin. He serves on the Boards of Ben Gurion University, Bard College Berlin, the Hamburg Symphony, Youth for Understanding, the Leo Baeck Institute, and the Editorial Boards of American Interest (Washington) and International Security (MIT). Dr. Joffe holds Honorary Degrees from Swarthmore College (2002) and Lewis and Clark College (2005) and was awarded the German Federal Order of Merit in 1996.
The Dr. Richard M. Hunt Memorial Lecture Series honors late ACG Vice Chairman Dr. Richard M. Hunt, who was deeply committed to strengthening ties between Germany and the United States and gave exceptional support to the ACG for 50 years. He was the first and longest-serving President in the organization’s history, from 1972 to 1988, and subsequently served as Vice Chairman until his passing on April 10, 2020. During his tenure, Rick Hunt worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help create the American-German Young Leaders Conference, launched in 1973, and the McCloy Fellowship program, launched in 1975 – both of which remain central to our work today. He also helped shape the biennial German-American Conference. These programs are just a fraction of his lasting legacies to the Council. His wise counsel, keen knowledge of German-American relations, faith in younger generations, and warm, unassuming manner are sorely missed. We will be joined for this special evening by Rick and Pricilla Hunt’s three children, Dr. Helen Hunt Bouscaren, Susan Hunt Hollingsworth, and William (Bill) Edwards Hunt.