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A Tribute to Stanley Hoffmann

On December 3, 2015 friends, family and colleagues of Stanley Hoffmann, Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor at Harvard University and founding chairman of CES, celebrated his life with personal tributes and a musical interlude. In commemoration of Hoffmann's legacy, CES dedicated one its lecture rooms in his name and inaugurated the Stanley Hoffmann Annual Lecture on France and the World.

“As scholars and as citizens working in a field in which violence, deceit, injustice, and oppression are on full display, beware of illusions, but never give up hope – by which I do not mean a faith in progress, only the modest belief that it is not impossible.” – Stanley Hoffmann

Program & Memorial Notes - A Celebration of the Life of Stanley Hoffmann

This booklet includes the program of the tribute event and features memorial notes written by select colleagues and friends.

This booklet is a collection of the memorial notes that friends and colleagues from around the world send in to remember Stanley Hoffmann.

Event Recording

A Celebration of the Life of Stanley Hoffmann

Location: Memorial Church, Harvard University
Opening by: Peter A. Hall, Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies, Harvard University


  • Louise Richardson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, St Andrews University; Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford (as of Jan. 2016)
  • Peter Gourevitch, Distinguished Emeritus Professor, University of California, San Diego
  • Suzanne Berger, John M. Deutch Institute Professor, MIT
  • Guido Goldman, Director of the Program for the Study of Germany and Europe, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
  • Catherine Grémion, Emeritus Director of Research, Center for the Sociology of Organizations, Sciences Po
  • Karl Kaiser, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2013-2017)

Featuring a musical tribute by The Parker Quartet.

Articles & Obituaries

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