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Green Templeton College | Oxford

Last month, the Oxford Centre for the Study of Philanthropy (OCSP), a new academic initiative based out of GTC, was launched with a seminar on the history of philanthropy led by Somerville College historian, Dr Frank Prochaska.

Co-founder Michael Earl gives some background on the Centre's founding

Dr Prochaska delivers the inaugural OCSP seminar series lecture.  

The Oxford Centre for the Study of Philanthropy will follow up their successful launch with a seminar series taking place in Oxford and London over the coming academic year. Seminar topics will include the question of what is philanthropy, and why it matters in the 21st century; the historical and contemporary role of philanthropy in British higher education, philanthropy’s contribution to public health and the practice of philanthropy within families and between generations, amongst other topics.

Green Templeton College Fellows Stephen Barclay and Michael Earl launched the initiative in 2015. The Centre aims to advance understanding of the role of philanthropy in society, both in the past and the present, and lay intellectual foundations for the future. Through the utilisation of scholarly enquiry and discussion, the OCSP plans to incorporate insights from multiple disciplines and will research the philanthropy phenomenon, policy questions and the practice of philanthropy.