Joan Edelman Spero, a University of Wisconsin–Madison alumna with a long and distinguished career in international affairs, business and philanthropy, will speak on “Global Philanthropy and Global Governance,” on Wednesday, May 7, sponsored by the Madison Committee on Foreign Relations and the UW–Madison Division of International Studies.
The program will be held at the University Club, 803 State St., with registration and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m., and program at 6 p.m.
Spero received her B.A. in international relations from UW–Madison in 1966, and went on to earn her master’s degree in international affairs Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. She currently serves as a senior research scholar at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.
In 2009-10, she was a visiting fellow at the Foundation Center, where she conducted research on the role of American private foundations in U.S. foreign policy and in the global system culminated with the 2010 publication The Global Role of U.S. Foundations.
In her talk, she will discuss the global growth of global philanthropy and its role in global governance. Using case studies, she will illustrate the role that private foundations play in addressing global problems such as engaging in diplomacy, and forming new partnerships and coalitions with governments, international organizations, civil society, and business.