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Ralph Nurnberger

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Ralph Nurnberger is an acclaimed speaker who brings humor, historical background and current political insights to his presentations. He has spoken on a number of Smithsonian Journeys as well as at the Smithsonian Associates program in Washington D.C., where his presentations frequently “sell out”. He has appeared on radio and television programs as an analyst on political and international issues. Ralph earned his PhD in History from Georgetown University and subsequently taught as an adjunct at Georgetown for 38 years. He was named Professor of the Year by the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003. He currently lectures on a wide range of historical and political subjects at Florida Atlantic University’s Life Long Learning Programs. Ralph has spoken at a number of universities and other venues in Europe, including in the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Austria, France, Denmark and especially in Germany, where he has given presentations in East and West Berlin, Hamburg and Chemnitz. In addition to his public speaking and academic careers, Ralph has had positions in and related to the U.S. government (staff on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; US Department of Commerce; Director of “Builders for Peace”, which was established to assist the Arab-Israeli peace process); as a fellow at a prominent “think tank” (Center for Strategic and International Studies – CSIS); and as senior partner in a government relations firm for over 25 years.

Upcoming Tours

Voyage along the St. Lawrence: From Québec to the Canadian Maritimes

12-15 days | Starting at: $12,040
Oct 18, 2024 - Oct 29, 2024

Aboard the 184-guest Le Champlain
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A Danube River Cruise

15-16 days | Starting at: $6,790
Oct 6, 2025 - Oct 20, 2025

Featuring Stays in Sofia and Prague
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Holiday Markets: A Rhine River Cruise

11 days | Starting at: $3,990
Nov 28, 2025 - Dec 8, 2025

Featuring a Stay in the Swiss Alps
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