Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Samuel J. Savitz Memorial Lecture on Cultural Diplomacy

VENUE:Museum of the American Revolution

Samuel J. Savitz Memorial Lecture on Cultural Diplomacy

April 21, 2022 | 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

About the Event

Please note: This event will take place both in-person, at the Museum of the American Revolution, and virtually, via Zoom. The Zoom audience will be admitted to the program at 5:15 PM.

The first annual Samuel J. Savitz Memorial Lecture on Cultural Diplomacy will honor the memory of Samuel J. Savitz, a longtime FPRI Fellow and Vice Chairman of the FPRI’s Board of Trustees.  This annual lecture will focus on how cultural diplomacy can serve as a tool to enhance diplomatic relations and advance the interests of the United States. 

The first lecture on April 21 will feature Professor Joseph S. Nye, the former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, and Robert D. Kaplan, FPRI’s Robert Strausz-Hupé Chair in Geopolitics, discussing the concept of soft power and American foreign policy.


Mr. Savitz (1936-2020) was Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Savitz Organization, a Philadelphia-based actuarial and employee benefit consulting firm until its sale to CBIZ in 2018. He was a founding member of The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries and was a past president of the Society. In addition to his business and professional activities, Mr. Savitz served on the boards of various civic and cultural institutions, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia Orchestra, Kimmel Center, National Museum of American Jewish History, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, Abraham Lincoln Foundation, and National Liberty Museum. The annual Samuel J. Savitz Memorial Lecture is made possible through a generous gift from the Savitz Family Foundation.



FPRI is happy to provide this event free of charge thanks to the generous support of our members, partners, and event attendees. If you are not currently a member, the suggested donation is $25.

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Museum of the American Revolution

101 S. 3rd St
Philadelphia. PA. US. 19106


Joseph S. Nye

Joseph S. Nye - Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is the University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Robert D. Kaplan

Robert D. Kaplan - Robert D. Kaplan is the Robert Strausz-Hupé Chair in Geopolitics at the Foreign Policy Research Institute