The Kurt Hahn Address

A speech given by an exceptional experiential educator

One cannot truly appreciate and understand the roots of experiential education, without studying the life and writings of Kurt Hahn (1886-1974). Hahn's personal experiences led him to make helping young people develop into healthy, happy, ethical and compassionate adults his life's calling. To that end, Hahn founded numerous colleges and programs dedicated to educating the whole person. The Kurt Hahn Address is presented annually by a person designated by the Board of Directors who has contributed to the development and advancement of experiential education with the tenacity and conviction exemplified by Kurt Hahn. 

Announcing our 2018 Kurt Hahn Address with TA Loeffler

Dr. TA Loeffler will present the 2018 Kurt Hahn Address at the AEE+GYA International Conference on November 9th in Orlando.  Dr. Loeffler is an educator, adventurer, nature advocate, author, and long-time AEE member from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a professor of Outdoor Education and Recreation and the Chair of Teaching and Learning in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

In 1999, AEE recognized Dr. Loeffler as Outstanding Experiential Teacher of the Year. In 2007, AEE presented her with the Karl Rohnke Creativity Award. In 2015, she was named to the Canada’s Greatest Explorers 100 Modern-Day Trailblazers List by Canadian Geographic.

Past Presenters

  • 2017 - Tony Alvarez (click for video)
  • 2016 - Jane Panicucci (click for video)
  • 2015 - Bill Proudman
  • 2014 - Karen Warren
  • 2013 - Laurie Frank
  • 2012 - Jasper Hunt
  • 2011 - Denise Mitten
  • 2010 - Jude Hirsch & Lee Gillis
  • 2009 - Cliff Knapp
  • 2008 - Bob Henderson
  • 2007 - Nina Roberts
  • 2006 - Peter Higgins
  • 2005 - Keith V. King
  • 2004 - Sanford Tollette
  • 2003 - Craig Dobkin
  • 2002 - Michael Gass
  • 2001 - Faith Evans
  • 2000 - Karl Rohnke
  • 1999 - Marianne Scippa
  • 1998 - Rita Yerkes
  • 1997 - Dan Garvey
  • 1996 - Tom Smith
  • 1995 - McClellan Hall
  • 1994 - Robert S. MacArthur
  • 1993 - Dick Kraft
  • 1992 - Bert Horwood
  • 1991 - Dan Conrad for Diane Hedin
  • 1990 - Gregory Farrell
  • 1989 - Richard O. Kimball
  • 1988 - Jim Kielsmeier
  • 1987 - Betty van der Smissen
  • 1986 - Alec Dickson
  • 1985 - Jolene Unsoeld for Willi Unsoeld
  • 1984 - Eliot Wigginton
  • 1983 - Joe Nold

Kurt Hahn Address Nominations
The Board of Directors, rather than the conference Host Committee or the Awards Committee, reviews the list of possible candidates (along with brief biographies) for the Kurt Hahn Address with the knowledge of the annual theme that has been selected for the topic of the address.

  1. Any four board members can add a person to the list of possible candidates with submission of the Nomination Form.
  2. An AEE member can suggest a person to be added to the list of potential candidates by completing Nomination Form and delivering this form to a current board member.