The Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities
A new home for Oxford humanities
The Schwarzman Centre will give Oxford’s humanities a new home with state-of-the-art academic, exhibition and performance spaces.
The building, made possible by a landmark £150 million gift from philanthropist and businessman Stephen A. Schwarzman, demonstrates the essential role of the humanities in helping society confront and answer fundamental questions of the 21st century.
The Schwarzman Centre will be a dynamic hub dedicated to the humanities. For the first time in the University’s history, humanities faculties will be housed together with a new humanities library in a space designed to encourage learning and experimentation.
This is one of the most exciting ideas for a long time. Oxford, which abounds in talent of all kinds, deserves a proper centre for the study and celebration of the humanities ... I welcome this new enterprise warmly, and I’m sure it will flourish and soon be widely seen, and celebrated, as an essential part of what Oxford means.
It is essential that philosophy and ethics engages with those disciplines developing and using AI. If AI is to benefit humanity we must understand its moral and ethical implications. Oxford with its rich history in humanities and philosophy is ideally placed to do this.
Soon Oxford will have a building specifically designed both to foster a new way of working, and to share its benefits as widely as possible ... The humanities are about generosity of spirit. This supreme act of generosity will enrich the intellectual life of Oxford – far beyond the university – for decades to come.