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Carnegie Corporation project. Part 3 : oral history, 2011-2013.

Project: Carnegie Corporation project.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcripts: 4559 pages Sound recordings: digital audio. Videorecordings: digital video.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

The Carnegie Corporation of New York, established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding, is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential of American foundations. The Corporation's areas of grantmaking have remained consistent since its early years: education; democracy; higher education and research in Africa; and international peace and security. Under the auspices of these themes, Carnegie has supported higher education and libraries in Africa; journalism education in the United States; civic education, fair elections, and immigrant integration in the United States; public scholarship on Islam; high school education; peacebuilding efforts; and relations between the United States and Russia.

Scope and Contents

This project, funded by grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, documents the history of the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) under the tenure of President Vartan Gregorian, beginning in the late 1990s and continuing through the present. The project comprises interviews with approximately 40 selected CCNY leaders, including the president and vice-presidents, trustees, key staff, program officers, project partners, grant recipients, and others in order to accomplish an in-depth history of the Corporation during Dr. Gregorian's tenure. The project was conducted between October 2011 and September 2013 and produced 150 hours of interview, including a significant amount recorded on video. Focusing on Dr. Gregorian's fifteen-year tenure as President of CCNY the project provides a close examination of the growth and development of the programs and initiatives that represent the Corporation's philanthropic work, including its ongoing efforts to develop libraries and library resources in Africa, support individual scholarship on global topics, and strengthen civic education and immigrant integration in the United States. It offered the opportunity for staff and trustees to talk more broadly about philanthropic response to sudden tragedies such as September 11, 2001 and Hurricane Katrina and management of endowments in times of economic recession. It explores CCNY's leadership in the emerging realm of global philanthropy, including inter-foundation partnerships for the Centers for Advanced Research and Scholarship in Eurasia and the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa, the development of short-term initiatives on the Future of Journalism Education and public scholarship on Islam, the application of expert knowledge to international peacebuilding efforts, and improving the quality of education in New York City high schools. The collection's narrators are: Omotade "Tade" Akin Aina, Bruce M. Alberts, Lisa S. Anderson, Kara Andrade, Deana Arsenian, Pedro Carlos Aspe Armella, Jorge Balan, Rookaya Bawa, Ellen J. Bloom, Geoffrey T. Boisi, Karl Brown, Michele Cahill, Christopher Callahan, Ralph J. Cicerone, Stephen J. Del Rosso, Jean Desravines, Neil R. Grabois, Vartan Gregorian, Phillip A. Griffiths, Amy Gutmann, Susan Hockfield, Robert L. Hughes, James "Jim" Baxter Hunt, Jr., Helene L. Kaplan, Thomas H. Kean, Donald M. Kerwin, Jr., Susan R. King, Robert Legvold, Nicholas Lemann, Eleanor Lerman, Arthur E. Levine, Vincent A. Mai, Geraldine P. Mannion, Joyce L. Moock, Eric Nadelstern, Sam Nunn, Robert A. Pape, Thomas R. Pickering, Richard W. Riley, Janet L. Robinson, Patricia L. Rosenfield, Blair A. Ruble, Scott D. Sagan, Robert J. Seman, Frank Sharry, Susan Shirk, D. Ellen Shuman, John W. Slocum, Nancy Tate, Shibley Telhami, Michael Waldman, Chad Wick, Hillary S. Wiesner, and Susan L. Woodward.


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