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. 

2019 Kurt Hahn Address: Honoring Dr. Mary Breunig

Dr. Mary Breunig has spent the last two decades as an outdoor recreation professor and Director of Social Justice and Equity Studies at Canadian universities. She recently started teaching at California State University - Sacramento on the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Miwok, Wintu, Maidu, Nisenan (southern Maidu), and Patwin Native peoples. Her scholarship focuses on social and environmental justice, schoolyard pedagogy, student-directed teaching and learning, and Freiran Praxis. Mary is a NOLS and Outward Bound instructor. She is a climber, cyclist, avid paddler, place-based enthusiast, and urban flaneur.

Find out more at marybreunig.com


 Past Presenters

  • 2018 - Dr. TA Loeffler (click for video)
  • 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.