Levin College Forum

Philanthropy and American Prosperity in the 21st Century

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
1717 Euclid Avenue
Roberta Steinbacher Atrium
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

About the Forum

One hundred years ago Andrew Carnegie proclaimed the greatest challenge of his day was how to administer great wealth on behalf of future prosperity. A century later that problem is even more pressing.

Carnegie and other wealthy Americans built a unique brand of philanthropy that bolstered our democracy and encouraged prosperity. But are those institutions up to the challenges of 21st century prosperity? Governments around the world struggle to increase prosperity with mixed results.

How can today’s wealthy use philanthropy to address the challenges of the 21st century?

Please join us for a lecture on Philanthropy and American Prosperity in the 21st Century led by Dr. Zoltan Acs, author of the highly respected 2014 book, Why Philanthropy Matters (Princeton University Press).

Dr. Acs earned his B.A. in economics here at Cleveland State University in 1972, before completing his Ph.D. in economic theory and industrial organization at the New School for Social Research in New York.

Today Dr. Acs serves as University Professor and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy at George Mason University, and as Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He has previously held positions at Imperial College Business School, Max Plank Institute of Economics, the University of Pecs, the University of Baltimore, the University of Maryland, the Wissenschaftszentrium Berlin fur Sozialforschung, the University of Illinois, and Manhattan College. Dr. Acs has also served in several positions in the U.S. government, most recently as Chief Economist, Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration.