April 20, 2000 Geneva, NY – Dr. Reynold Levy, Hobart Class of 1966 and President of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), will give an address titled “A Call to Alms: The Renaissance of American Philanthropy,” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, in the Wasey Room of the Scandling Center on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Through the IRC, Levy leads humanitarian efforts to save lives on a global scale and ensure basic human rights. Before joining the IRC, Levy served as President of the AT&T Foundation, and before that he was Executive Director of the 92nd Street Y, a leading artistic, educational, and social-service institution located on the upper east side of Manhattan. He has also served as a consultant to many for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Levy holds a law degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has taught law, political science, and non-profit administration at Columbia and New York Universities and at the City University of New York. He has also written extensively and spoken widely about the management of non-profit institutions and about philanthropy. In May 1999, his book, Give and Take: A Candid Account of Corporate Philanthropy, was published by Harvard Business School Press.
The International Rescue Committee, founded in 1933 at the urging of Albert Einstein, is the leading non-sectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection, and resettlement services for refugees in 25 countries. Since World War II, the IRC has resettled several hundred thousand refugees-including 9,500 refugees in 1998 alone. Today there are more than 30 million other refugees and displaced people in the world, and about 80 percent of them are women and children. For the millions in West Africa, to 2.6 million Afghans in exile, to countless others in Kosovo and Eastern Europe, each day is a struggle for survival.
Levy's visit is sponsored by the Druid Society, Hobart's honor society, and the Alumni Association of Hobart College.
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