“Shaping Tomorrow’s Philanthropy" A Conversation with Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation
Department:WWS Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Audience:Open to the Public
Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, the second-largest philanthropic organization in the United States, with headquarters in New York City and offices in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, will present a public talk at 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Robertson Hall at the Woodrow Wilson School. He will be joined in conversation with Stanley N. Katz, a lecturer in public and international affairs, and director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at the Wilson School.
Walker, who was appointed president in July 2013, has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors for more than two decades focusing on global social justice issues, including human rights, urban development and free expression.
As the Ford Foundation’s vice president for education, creativity and free expression from 2010 to 2013, he oversaw programs in media and journalism, arts and culture, sexuality and reproductive health and rights, educational access and opportunity and religion. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Walker was vice president for foundation initiatives at the Rockefeller Foundation, where he led both domestic and global programs.
Walker discusses his work and his career trajectory with Elton John in a recent article in the New York Times.
Stanley Katz is a specialist on American legal and constitutional history, and on philanthropy and non-profit institutions. He is president emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies, the national humanities organization in the United States. His recent research focuses upon the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy, and upon the relationship of the United States to the international human rights regime. In 2011,
Katz awarded National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.
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