Fall Benefit Lecture

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
6:00 p.m.
The Explorers Club
46 E 70th St, New York City
(virtual options available)


Running, Researching and Rediscovering the Home of Devon– recent insights into the past 2000 years at Powderham Castle
Featuring Charles Courtenay, the 19th Earl of Devon


The AFA is thrilled to welcome Lord Charles Courtenay, Earl of Devon, as this year’s annual lecture speaker. His talk will include recent discoveries through the education and research programs of his ancestral home, Powderham Castle. This long-awaited presentation, originally scheduled for 2020, promises to be both lively and enlightening. The evening includes a lecture, followed by a cocktail reception.

About the Earl of Devon

Lord Devon lives with his wife, AJ, and their two children between Los Angeles and Powderham Castle, near Exeter, Devon. Overlooking the Exe Estuary, Powderham has been the family home since it was built in 1392. The Castle, its ancient parkland, and gardens have long operated as a family-owned, socially-enterprising, start-up, SME, sustainably managed for social benefit and a warm welcome year-round.

An English Barrister and a California attorney, Charlie lived between 2003 and 2014 in AJ’s hometown of Los Angeles, where she plied her trade as an actor, and he became an Intellectual Property litigator. They returned to England in 2014. Since then Charlie has succeeded his father to the ancient Earldom of Devon, moved his practice to Michelmores LLP, and took a seat as a crossbench hereditary peer in the House of Lords.

A passionate advocate for sustainable land management and heritage, and a champion of his home county of Devon, Charlie enjoys time with his family in California and Devon, exploring, surfing, and paddle boarding. The family have five key values for life and work: authenticity, sustainability, inclusivity, community, and adventure.


This lecture is made possible by our generous sponsors:

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Individual tickets are $110 per person. We strongly encourage you to purchase tickets online through the link below. Alternatively, please RSVP by email to and send a check to the address below. (The tax-deductible portion of regular tickets is $75.) For Attingham Alums under 35 years of age, who would like to request a discounted ticket, please contact .

Virtual Tickets

For those not able to join the in-person event, but who would like to view the lecture online via livestream or to have access to the recording, tickets are $40 per person. The recording will be available for 10 days after the lecture. (Virtual Tickets are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.)

Purchase Lecture Tickets


Lecture sponsors are essential to the success of AFA’s only annual fundraising event. For information on lecture sponsorships, which include a special dinner following the event with the Earl of Devon, please contact the AFA offices. Those wishing to sponsor, but who cannot attend the event, will have access to a special “Virtual Sponsorship” price.




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