Coudert Institute Speakers

Ralph Nurnberger
Dr. Nurnberger is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, where he has taught since receiving his PhD in history from Georgetown in 1975. He was named Professor of the Year by the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003 and received another award in 2005 for over 20 years of excellence in teaching. His most recent graduate seminars in the Liberal Studies Program dealt with the Arab-Israeli conflict. He previously taught courses in this program dealing with American foreign policy in the post 9-11 world; the role of Congress in foreign policy; and American post-Cold War foreign policy. 

Dr. Ralph Nurnberger is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights and historical background to his presentations. In addition to speaking nationally, Dr. Nurnberger has appeared on radio and television programs as an analyst on political and international issues, and spoken internationally including in Canada, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom. 

His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Christian Science Monitor, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun and numerous scholarly journals and magazines. He has also advised numerous Congressional, Senatorial and Presidential campaigns on foreign policy issues, especially those related to the Middle East. In addition to his academic career, Ralph Nurnberger has served on Capitol Hill, in the Executive Branch and has also spent twenty-five years in the field of government relations. 

His experience on Capital Hill includes serving as Foreign Policy Assistant to former Kansas Senator James B. Pearson (R-KS) and then as a professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In the Executive Branch, he served as Special Assistant to the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) and later as Director of Congressional Relations for the Bureau of Export Administration (BXA) within the Department of Commerce. Dr. Nurnberger was the first director of “Builders for Peace”, an organization established in 1993, with the encouragement of then-Vice President Al Gore, to encourage private sector investment. In this capacity, he dealt with international leaders including Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, as well as American and international business and political leaders. 

He also spent two years as a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he directed the Congressional relations program, ran a number of conferences, and co-authored and edited books dealing with Congressional leadership and the role of Congress in foreign policy. He is a Partner in a Washington, D.C. government relations firm, Nurnberger & Associates, which was founded in 1994; which is now affiliated with Gray Global Advisors, headed by former House Majority Whip Bill Gray (D-PA). 

Arthur Houghton
Arthur Houghton was born in New York City in 1940. He attended Harvard College, graduating in 1963 with a degree in Government. Following a year of travel in the Middle East and Africa, he attained an M.A. degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University in Beirut and entered the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. From 1966-1979, he held assignments in Beirut, Amman, Cairo and Washington, D.C., and served on the National Security Council staff from 1974 to 1976.

Houghton returned to Harvard, attaining a second M.A. degree in Art History in 1981, and was then employed by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA, where he served as Associate Curator and Curator in Charge of Antiquities from 1982 to 1986. From 1988-1995 he was a senior staff member at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; and from 1995-2005, was president of Arthur Houghton Associates, Inc., a Washington, D.C. consulting firm.

Houghton has served on the boards of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the Cyprus-American Archaeological Research Institute, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the American Numismatic Society, the Middle East Institute and American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), among others. From 2011-2013, he was president of the Cultural Policy Research Institute. His public service has included membership in the U.S. Cultural Property Advisory Committee, from 1984-1987, and the U.S. Mint’s Citizens’ Coin Advisory Committee, from 2007-2011.  Dark Athena is his first novel.

Mr. Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, is an international lawyer and former professor of international law, and serves as a Senior Advisor and Special Representative to the United Nations for the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. He is the Chair of the Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association, and Ambassador for Peace and Security of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. 

He is the Chair of the Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association, and Ambassador for Peace and Security of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. He focuses his advocacy efforts on the legal, moral, political and spiritual dimensions of peace with a particular emphasis on the rule of law and the elimination of nuclear weapons.   He serves on numerous advisory and governing boards such as the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security at the UN, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Middle Powers Initiative, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, and the Jane Goodall Institute. He is a Fellow in the World Academy of Arts and Science and recipient of numerous awards such as the Arthur E. Armitage, Sr. Distinguished Alumni Award of Rutgers University School of Law.  Mr. Granoff is the award-winning screenwriter of The Constitution: The Document that Created a Nation, and has articles in more than 50 publications and books including: The Sovereignty Revolution, Toward a Nuclear Weapons Free World, Imagining Tomorrow, Analyzing Moral Issues, Perspectives on 911, Toward a World In Balance, Reverence for Life Revisited, and Hold Hope, Wage Peace. He has been a featured guest and expert commentator on hundreds of radio and television programs, and testified as an expert in the US Congress, Parliaments of the UK and Canada, and at the UN numerous times.  He has represented the Nobel Laureate organization the International Peace Bureau at Nobel Laureate Summits and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. 

The founder and editor of Lapham's Quarterly (2007—), Lewis Lapham was for thirty years (1976—2006), editor of Harper's Magazine.  The author of fourteen books of essays, among them Money and Class in AmericaTheater of War, The Wish for Kings.  Most recently in October, 2016, Age of Folly.

The author of fourteen books of essays, among them Money and Class in AmericaTheater of War, The Wish for Kings.  Most recently in October, 2016, Age of Folly. Lapham's writing over the years has prompted the New York Times to liken him to H. L. Mencken, Vanity Fair to suggest a resemblance to Mark Twain, Tom Wolfe to compare him to Montaigne. He was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editor's Hall of Fame in 2007 and awarded the Insignia of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by The French Government in 2016.

         In 2005 Lapham wrote and presented a documentary film, "The American Ruling Class," that continues to make a frequent appearance on college campuses.  Between 2010—2014 Lapham produced for Bloomberg News a weekly podcast, "The World in Time," that discussed with their authors new books of history.  A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Lapham lives in New York City.