Monday, January 14, 2019

Woody Powell, Stanford University Graduate School of Education

Seeing Like a Philanthropist: From Business and Benevolence to the Business of Benevolence

Time and Location: 3:00-4:30 PM, CERAS Building, 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford CA 94305 (Room 123)

Co-author: Aaron Horvath 

Over the course of American history, philanthropists have been both praised and pilloried, depicted as redeemers of democracy as well as a threat to it. Despite the shifting social terrain in which they have operated, philanthropists — and the organizations they create — have grown in number and influence, acting as a catalytic force in the genesis and development of the modern nonprofit sector. Philanthropic largesse has also played a powerful role in shaping civic life and political affairs.  We think it is important to understand not only how philanthropists are seen, but how they see. In narrating the development of American philanthropy from the late-19th to the early-21st century, our aim is to capture changes in what it means to ‘see like a philanthropist,’ illuminating the meanings and ends of philanthropic wealth. We focus on three core influences on philanthropic visions: (1) the sources of philanthropic wealth, (2) its organizational embodiments, and (3) the criticisms leveled at its outsized influence. Political challenges and backlash to elite power produce a reciprocal dynamic with philanthropic visions. Actions of philanthropists past weigh heavily on philanthropists future, hence the political sway of philanthropists constrains and enables the critiques to which they are subjected. In narrating this long arc of history, we demonstrate the evolving perceptions of how the super-rich see themselves and their role in public life, portraying the myriad ways philanthropic generosity has altered civic and political discourse.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Ann Swidler, UC Berkeley Sociology Department

Time and Location: 3:00-4:30 PM, CERAS Building, 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford CA 94305 (Room 123)

Monday, February 4, 2019

Eero Vaara, Aalto University School of Business

Time and Location: 3:00-4:30 PM, CERAS Building, 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford CA 94305 (Room 123)

Monday, February 11, 2019

Tom Christensen, University of Oslo

Time and Location: 3:00-4:30 PM, CERAS Building, 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford CA 94305 (Room 123)

*Thursday, February 21, 2019

Bart Bonikowski, Harvard University Department of Sociology
-Special Seminar co-sponsored by Sociology at Stanford-

*NOTE DIFFERENT DAY*

Time and Location: 3:00-4:30 PM, CERAS Building, 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford CA 94305 (Room 123)

Sociology at Stanford is community of sociological scholars on the Sanford campus comprised of members from the Stanford Sociology Department, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and SCANCOR

Monday, February 25, 2019

Jelena Obradovich, Stanford University Graduate School of Education

Time and Location: 3:00-4:30 PM, CERAS Building, 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford CA 94305 (Room 123)

Monday, March 4, 2019

Guido Buenstorf, University of Kassel

Time and Location: 3:00-4:30 PM, CERAS Building, 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford CA 94305 (Room 123)

Monday, March 11, 2019

Elizabeth Armstrong, Stanford University, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

Time and Location: 3:00-4:30 PM, CERAS Building, 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford CA 94305 (Room 123)

Monday, March 18, 2019

Adina Sterling, Stanford University Graduate School of Business

Time and Location: 3:00-4:30 PM, CERAS Building, 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford CA 94305 (Room 123)