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Karen Buchholz introduces the 2023 Carl M. Buchholz Memorial Lecture.

The Carl M. Buchholz Memorial Lecture has been established through the generosity of the friends, colleagues, and family of the late Carl M. Buchholz. Carl served from 2008 until his untimely death in 2016 as vice chair of the Board of the Museum of the American Revolution. The lecture is presented at the Museum to explore the political thought of the American Revolution and its national relevance today.

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A graduate of The University of Virginia, frequently referred to as “Mr. Jefferson’s University,” Carl admired Thomas Jefferson’s seminal role in establishing concepts of individual rights and equality as the foundations of America’s great experiment in constitutional democracy. Carl received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his public service included being Special Assistant to U.S. Senator John Heinz and Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, helping to create the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He was the managing partner of the Philadelphia office of DLA Piper at the time of his passing.

Carl viewed the Museum as a critically needed educational institution, important for its role in preserving and teaching the origin and relevance of the inspiring ideas of the American Founding. The Carl Buchholz Memorial Lecture honors Carl’s interests and sustains the memory of his life and achievements.

2024 Carl M. Buchholz Memorial Lecturer - Dr. Richard Haass

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2024, at 6:30 p.m.

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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. The program, which will feature a Q&A following the lecture, will be held in the Museum’s Liberty Hall and will be broadcast live via Zoom. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting June 6!

Support the Carl M. Buchholz Memorial Lecture

Ensure that the history lessons that Carl Buchholz so valued will live on and remain available for rising generations. 

Past Lecturers

Photo of author and scholar Akhil Reed Amar, who wears glasses, has a gray beard, and salt and pepper long hair.

2023 - Akhil Reed Amar

Preeminent constitutional scholar, Yale University professor, and author of The Words That Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760-1840.

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Laura Rose

2022 - Danielle Allen

Political theorist and author of the groundbreaking book, Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality.

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2020 - Annette Gordon-Reed

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.

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2018 - Jon Meacham

No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian, author of The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels. 

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2017 - Joseph J. Ellis

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian of Founding Brothers and Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence.