We are delighted to help shine a spotlight on one donor who ought to be a household name, by hosting the UK film premier of Rosenwald, a film by Aviva Kempner.
The film tells the incredible life story of Julius Rosenwald, the early 20th century American who rose from poverty to make his fortune running the Sears department store chain. Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Rosenwald used his wealth to build over 5,000 schools in the southern US states - at one time over a third of African-American children were being educated in a Rosenwald school. Despite not being a household name, he is one of America’s most effective philanthropists, and his contribution to the civil rights struggle is finally being told.
We are delighted to help shine a spotlight on this story, and will host a short discussion about the role of philanthropy in contemporary society after the film ends, followed by a drinks reception.
This event takes place in the Gulbenkian cinema on our Canterbury campus at 6.30pm on Sunday 23rd October. In keeping with the spirit of the film, we are not selling tickets but instead will invite contributions to support the work of the Gulbenkian with children and young people.