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Das (nord)amerikanische Stiftungswesen im frühen 21. Jh. - Trends und das Fallbeispiel der Clinton Foundation

The lecture consists of three parts. The first part is dedicated to trends, norms and narratives that have developed around philanthropy in (North) America since the beginning of the 21st century. In the second part, some of the problematics of (North) American philanthropy will be discussed on the basis of a predominantly internationally active, but also internationally respected foundation that was established at the beginning of the 21st century - the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Finally, the third part will touch on and exploratively discuss the question of what short-term and / or possibly lasting effects the Covid-19 pandemic will have on the practice of philanthropy in the U.S.A.


Dr. habil. Martin Thunert has been a Senior Research Lecturer in Political Science at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies at Heidelberg University since 2007. He studied at the universities of Frankfurt/M., Tübingen, Glasgow, Queen’s and McGill (Montreal). He wrote his doctorate at the University of Augsburg on Canadian constitutional politics. In the U.S.A., Thunert worked at the U.S. Senate, spent a research stay at Harvard University and taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for four years. Thunert’s teaching and research interests are in U.S. and Canadian politics - particularly the U.S. presidency, think tanks, foundations and philanthropy, interest groups and political consulting organisations. Thunert is, among other things, regional coordinator for Canada, Chile, Mexico and the U.S. in the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Sustainable Governance Indicators project.

Contact: mthunert@hca.uni-heidelberg.de


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