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Foundations and Universities: How Philanthropy, Research and Community Intersect

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022, Noon PDT - 12:50 p.m. PDT






Funding and financial support are key parts of academia! "Foundations" in particular are a significant source of funding and long-term visibility in university life. In this moderated discussion, Charles Steinmetz, President of the Steinmetz Foundation, and Prof. Sharon E. J. Gerstel, Director of the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture, will talk about what foundations are, how they integrate with the intellectual and academic mission of educational institutions, and how foundations balance research vs. student support vs. community engagement.

About the Speakers:

Sharon E. J. Gerstel is Director of the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture, professor of Byzantine Art and Archaeology in the Department of Art History at UCLA, and the George P. Kolovos Family Centennial Term Chair in Hellenic Studies. For her contributions to the promotion of Hellenic Culture, she has recently been named a Commander of the Order of the Phoenix, one of Greece’s highest honors, and has also been naturalized as a Greek citizen. Trained in art history, religious studies and archaeology, Gerstel’s work investigates ritual, art and material
culture as well as acoustics and cultural heritage.

Charles Steinmetz, President, JCA Associates and the Steinmetz Foundation, is a UCLA MBA alumnus and philanthropist with a life-long interest in archaeology. He currently serves on the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Director’s Council as well as on the board of many nonprofit organizations, including American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Easter Island Statue Project, Los Angeles Catholic Education Foundation and the Getty Villa Council. He is a former Archaeological Institute of America general trustee. The Steinmetz Foundation is a major supporter of
the Cotsen Institute and many other areas across the UCLA campus.

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