On Monday, we will begin a discussion on philanthropy & inequality. In the meantime, though, here is a light-hearted call for suggestions on a “stock” image for HistPhil:
You may have noticed that HistPhil has been using photos of our contributors to accompany posts. We thought that as we develop a community of scholars and practitioners all interested in the history of philanthropy, it would be a good idea to be able to put names to faces (and we must admit, we are a good looking bunch!). There will, of course, be occasions in which we can’t locate a photo in time and thinking of what we should do in those cases sparked an idea with me. I remember in college, those students who didn’t submit a photo for the yearbook had a “stock” one imposed on them–I seem to remember it was Homer Simpson for some, and for others, a noted 18th century Puritan divine. I thought we could do something similar for HistPhil. But what would our “stock” image of philanthropy be? What does philanthropy look like? And here is where some crowdsourcing comes in. We’d like to ask those questions of our readers. What image would you suggest to represent philanthropy? It could be figurative or non-figurative. Contemporary or ancient. A photo, a cartoon or some other media. Send us your suggestions and tell us a bit about your choice. We’d like to post these and choose one among them as HistPhil‘s icon.
– Benjamin Soskis, HistPhil co-founder