From the Editors / Philanthropy and Education / Philanthropy and Inequality

Shifting Focus: From Inequality to Education

With Erica Kohl-Arenas’ recent piece, HistPhil‘s forum on inequality comes to an end. This is not to say that our attention toward the issue will wane; we still welcome contributions and discussions on the topic. But at the start of September, we’ll be moving on to a focus on another theme: the history of the relationship between philanthropy and education, from Kindergarten to higher ed. This is our first “program area” theme, and we are especially excited about the possibility of bringing scholars and practitioners into dialog. And so we’d like to issue a call for contributions from our readers. Is there recent scholarship on the topic you think we should be highlighting, that you’d like to review, or if you happen to be the author of such scholarship, to promote? If you have the perspective of a funder, are their programs or initiatives from the past that you think worth flagging either as models or as cautionary tales? How can we think historically about impact in this field? Are there trends that emerge with historical perspective? Or are there particular limits to historical inquiry in this field? We’re interesting in addressing all these questions. So please, if you have ideas or posts that you’d like to contribute, don’t hesitate to contact HistPhil.

-Benjamin Soskis, co-editor of HistPhil

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