Perspectives on Philanthropy Discussion Series with Adam Falk

Host Organization: Lilly Family School of Philanthropy


Falk will discuss the opportunities and responsibilities of philanthropy in support of scientific research.

As we search for context in our transforming world, what role does philanthropy play? Broadly understood to encompass the human voluntary spirit, philanthropy is responding in a variety of ways. How is it doing and what role will it have in the world that is emerging?

We will engage figures who have important perspectives on how philanthropy affects our civic life now and moving forward. We hope to learn from these varied viewpoints. Join us for these live conversations so you can ask questions, engage with others, and inform your own perspective on our changing context.

About Adam Falk

Adam F. Falk is president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a position he assumed in January 2018. Previously, Falk served as president of Williams College from 2010 through 2017.

He came to Williams from the Johns Hopkins University, where he joined the physics faculty in 1994. From 2006 to 2010, he served as dean of the JHU Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, following service as Dean of the Faculty. A theoretical physicist whose research focuses on elementary particle physics and quantum field theory, Falk is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed papers.

He earned a B.S. from the University of North Carolina in 1987 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1991, and held post-doctoral appointments at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and the University of California, San Diego. Falk has served on the Physics Advisory Committee of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and on the Panel on Public Affairs of the American Physical Society. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He has been awarded honorary degrees by Amherst College and Williams College, has received the University of North Carolina Distinguished Young Alumnus Award, and is an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford University. He has served on the boards of the Clark Art Institute, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and he is currently a trustee of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, his high school alma mater.

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