Giving and Philanthropy class, Tuesdays 5:30 – 7:00 pm

A new Humanities NY series on “Giving and Philanthropy” begins Tuesday, October 17 at Albany Public Library, Washington Avenue branch! The program is free, open to the public, and is being led by Dr. Erzsebet Fazekas, who wrote her dissertation on the subject.

This discussion series will introduce participants to the key issues at the heart of charitable giving and philanthropy: motivations for giving, the selection of recipients and worthy causes, and the impact of giving on donors, recipients and society in general.

Participants will read a variety of texts (literary and journalistic) and use visual media (photos and videos) to discuss the questions identified for each session, such as “What are the costs and rewards of giving?” and “Why do we give?” Participants will be encouraged to bring stories from their own lives and cases from the history of New York State to provide context for these difficult ethical and strategic decisions. The sessions will be interactive, open discussion will be favored over lectures.

The readings will be sweet and short, provided electronically and/or on paper, and you can join even if you haven’t done the readings. The first core “reading” will be The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

The series will take place in the APL Community Room, 2nd Floor, 161 Washington Avenue. Join for one or all sessions. This series of 6 sessions will take place on most Tuesdays between 5:30 pm and circa 7 pm (Oct 17, Oct 24, Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, Nov 28; but NOT Oct 31).