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This graphic includes on the left side the words Carl M. Buchholz Memorial Lecture 2024 featuring Dr. Richard Hass, a small image of the cover of his book called the bill of obligations, and his headshot portrait.

New York Times bestselling author and veteran diplomat Dr. Richard Haass will join the Museum on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., as the distinguished lecturer for the sixth Carl M. Buchholz Memorial Lecture. His talk will focus on his most recent book, The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens, which argues that the very idea of American citizenship must be revised and expanded. Through an expert blend of civics, history, and political analysis, this book illuminates how Americans can rediscover and recover the attitudes and behaviors that have contributed so much to the country’s success over the centuries.

The program will be held in the Museum’s Liberty Hall and will be broadcast live via Zoom. Following a presentation by Haass, Museum President & CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson will join Haass for an interview conversation about his latest work before facilitating a live Q&A with both the onsite and online audiences.

Each onsite ticket purchase includes one pre-signed copy of The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens, available for pick up from Museum staff upon arrival to the event. Doors to Liberty Hall will open at 6 p.m. for onsite guests to enjoy refreshments at a cash bar prior to the program. Revolution Society and George Washington Council members are invited to an exclusive reception with Dr. Haass prior to the lecture at 5:30 p.m. with their ticket purchase.

The event marks the sixth Carl M. Buchholz Memorial Lecture, a series established by the generosity of the family, friends, and colleagues of the late Carl Buchholz, former vice-chairman of the Museum’s Board of Directors. The series was created to honor his public service and to explore the political thought of the American Revolution and its national relevance today. Those interested in contributing to the endowment for this annual lecture can contact [email protected].

About Dr. Richard Haass

Photo portrait of Dr. Richard Haass standing along a railing with an american flag in the background in the sky.

Dr. Richard N. Haass, a veteran diplomat and respected scholar of international relations, is president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a senior counselor with Centerview Partners, an international investment banking advisory firm. As CFR’s president for 20 years, he served in the State Department under Presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, at the White House under George H.W. Bush, and at the Pentagon under Jimmy Carter. He was U.S. envoy to the Cyprus negotiations and the Northern Ireland peace process, and after 9/11 was U.S. coordinator for the future of Afghanistan. Haass is the author or editor of 14 books on American foreign policy, one book on management, and one on American democracy. His latest book, The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens, was published by Penguin Press in January 2023 and became a New York Times bestseller. He also authors a weekly newsletter, Home & Away, available on Substack. A Rhodes Scholar, Haass holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, the masters and doctorate of philosophy degrees from Oxford University, and numerous honorary degrees. He is the recipient of the State Department's Superior Honor Award, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the Tipperary International Peace Award. Haass, who was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island, lives with his wife in New York City.

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