11:00-11:15 – Registration

11:15-12:30 – Controversy and contemporary philanthropy

Chair: TBC

Josh Gulam (Liverpool Hope): George Clooney, Nespresso Activist

James West (Birmingham): “What Message Does it Send to Students?” Bill Cosby, Historically Black Colleges and the Limits of Black Philanthropy

12:30-1:30 – Lunch

1:30-3:00 – Critiquing Progressive-era Philanthropy

Chair: Rachel Williams (Hull)

Miguel Hernandez (Exeter): Klanishness and American Fraternalism: Examining Charity and Philanthropy within the 1920s Ku Klux Klan

Margaret Nettesheim Hoffman (Marquette): “A Menace to the National Welfare”: The Final Report of the United States Commission on Industrial Relations & the Progressive Era Critique of American Philanthropic Foundations

Katie Myerscough (Manchester): From Clubs to Committees: The Politics of Respectability and Race in African American Women’s Social Services

3:00-3:15 – Break

3:15-4:45 – Philanthropy and the nation state in the 19th century

Chair: Bridget Bennett (Leeds)

Rachel Williams (Hull): Heaping coals of fire on the enemy’s head: the political uses of Christian benevolence in the Civil War

Elizabeth Harmon (Michigan): Public and Private: The Smithsonian Institution and American Philanthropy

Lucius Wedge (Akron): Misguided Philanthropy and Nation Building in the Civil War South

5:30-7:00 – Public Keynote Lecture: Professor Inderjeet Parmar (City London): Foundations of America’s Empire: How Elite Networks Dominate American Power at Home and Abroad



9:00-10:00 – Philanthropy in the 1960s

Chair: James West (Birmingham)

Amanda Niedfeldt (Minnesota): Ford in Berlin: The Ford Foundation’s funding of cultural activities in Berlin, 1962-1965

Karen Patricia Heath (Oxford): The Feds and the Foundations: Funding Artistic Radicals in the Age of Dissent

10:00-10:15 – Break

10:15-11:15 – Religion and Philanthropy at home and abroad

Chair: TBC

Philip Byers (Notre Dame): The Lilly Endowment & American Religion

Emma Long (University of East Anglia): Philanthropy as Exchange: American Missionaries and the International Religious Liberty Debate

11:15-11:30 – Break

11:30-1:00- Near East Relief

Chair: Jo Laycock (Sheffield Hallam)

Becky Jinks (Royal Holloway): Contests and collaborations in the field: Near East Relief’s workers in the 1920s

Scott Libson (Independent): ‘Ministry of Helpfulness’: Near East Relief and Protestant Secularism, 1915-1930

Ben Offiler (Sheffield Hallam): Near East Foundation in Iran, 1943-1950

1:00-1:45 – Lunch

1:45-3:15 – Transatlantic Philanthropy

Chair: Katharina Rietzler (Sussex)

Bridget Bennett (Leeds): Philanthropy and the Unquiet Library

Nick Cleaver (University of East Anglia): “a dream nobler than most realities”: Andrew Carnegie’s Appeal for Anglo-American Unity, 1893-1899

Michael McGuire (Boston): A Tale of Two Charities: Moderate American Philanthropies and European Policies in the Great War Era

3:15-4:30 – Keynote Roundtable: Sarah Miller-Davenport (Sheffield), Inderjeet Parmar (City London), Katharina Rietzler (Sussex).