On Thursday, November 29th David Nasaw, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and author of the widely acclaimed biography, Andrew Carnegie, delivered the first William E. Simon Lecture on Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy. Professor Nasaw discussed Andrew Carnegie’s philosophy of giving and compare it with that of today’s philanthropists, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, in particular. He also examined the broader changes in U.S. society reflected in the philanthropic priorities of these important donors.
The William E. Simon Lecture series is a new feature of the Manhattan Institute’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative that will host speakers from the philanthropic, scholarly, business, and nonprofit communities on the role of the social entrepreneur. We are delighted to welcome David Nasaw as our initial lecturer.