President Alan H. Luxenberg has dedicated 42 years of service to the Philadelphia-based Foreign Policy Research Institute. Having served in virtually every position within the organization over the years, on January 31, 2012, FPRI’s Board of Trustees elected him as president of the think tank. His 2018 Annual Dinner remarks on “Civic Ed and Civility in the Public Square” are posted here.
Luxenberg was responsible for developing some of the Institute’s key partnerships, including the Consortium on Grand Strategy, which was jointly sponsored by FPRI and Temple University’s Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy; the Reserve Officers Association in Washington, D.C., which hosted many of FPRI conferences, symposiums, and briefings; the First Division Museum at Cantigny in Wheaton, Illinois, where the Institute’s annual program on military history for high school teachers is held; and Mason Crest Publishers — a publisher of books for the pre-college educational market—in which FPRI served as an editorial consultant and provided authors for two distinct book series. Luxenberg himself wrote two books designed for its 10-volume series the Making of the Modern Middle East: The Palestine Mandate and the Creation of Israel (Mason Crest, 2007) and Radical Islam (Mason Crest, 2009).
In 1990, he founded FPRI’s Wachman Center (originally known as the Marvin Wachman Fund for International Education), which has served as the outlet for FPRI’s educational programming, including its nationally renowned Butcher History Institute for Teachers. FPRI’s History Institutes, an unparalleled professional development program for secondary school teachers, have taught faculty from over 1,000 schools hailing from 47 states.
He serves on the Board of Advisors of the Satell Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility; on the Board of Directors of the Global Philadelphia Association, a consortium of internationally oriented organizations in Philadelphia; and was Chairman of Forum International, a predecessor consortium. He has also served on the boards of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Congregation Adath Jeshurun (Elkins Park), Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education, and was Steering Committee chairman of WAC’s Forum III division (for young professionals). He founded and chaired Penn Periodicals, a consortium of journals and magazines published at the University of Pennsylvania. For six years, he taught grades 7-10 in two religious schools in Elkins Park, PA.
Luxenberg received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, and an M.A. in history from Temple University, where he was a Russell Conwell Fellow.
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