2019 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy

Schedule of Events

By invitation only


Monday, October 14, 2019

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Bloomberg Philanthropies

25 East 78th Street at Madison Avenue

Michael R. Bloomberg cordially invites you to a cocktail reception in honor of the recipients of the 2019 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.

A shuttle bus will be available from Midtown Manhattan to the reception. Details to come.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

The New York Times, The TimesCenter

242 West 41st Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Join us for a day of thought-provoking conversations featuring Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and other leading policymakers, journalists, and experts. Together, they will explore the causes and consequences of global conflicts and identify potential pathways toward a more peaceful world.

The forum will build on discussions initiated in 2018, when the Peace Palace hosted the first Carnegie Peacebuilding Conversations at The Hague. As we mark the centennial of Andrew Carnegie’s death, this year’s conference will celebrate Andrew Carnegie’s legacy as a peacebuilder while examining the challenges that lie ahead, including nuclear security, climate change, artificial intelligence, and other emerging threats to international peace.

Hosted by

Erik de Baedts, Director, Carnegie Foundation Peace Palace, The Hague
William J. Burns, President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York
Eric Isaacs, President, Carnegie Institution for Science

Keynote Conversation

10:00 a.m. | Main Stage
Advancing Global Peace: A Conversation Between Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and William J. Burns

Panel Discussions

10:45 a.m. | Main Stage
Risky Business: Peace and Its Enemies in the 21st Century
Moderator: Ian Bremmer
The world in 2019 seems increasingly conflict-ridden, chaotic, and dangerous, with peace an ever more elusive goal. UN Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Rt Hon David Miliband, and Michelle Nunn discuss the risks that confront us today, the human costs of war, and the prospects for peace in the decades ahead.

12:00 p.m. | Hall (Lunch will be served)
Think Peace: Lessons from History and Andrew Carnegie’s Visionary Peace Project
Moderator: Tom de Waal
As a champion for peace, Andrew Carnegie died brokenhearted that he failed to prevent World War I. A century later, we face threats Carnegie could not have imagined in his lifetime — from cyber warfare to conflicts involving nonstate actors, organized criminals, and corrupt state-security forces. A panel of scholars and contributors to a new collection of essays entitled Think Peace will explore lessons from history as we continue to pursue Carnegie’s ambitious vision and reflect on what is needed for peace in today’s global order. Panelists: Jessica Tuchman Mathews, Frédéric Mégret, Timothy Snyder, and Ted Widmer

1:45 p.m. | Main Stage
Swords or Plowshares? The Complex Relationships between Technology and Peace
Moderator: Eric Isaacs
In a world threatened by human-driven climate change, disruptive digital innovations, and nuclear proliferation, new technologies offer the potential to increase security, improve resilience, and mitigate damage. Our challenge is to harness these technologies in ways that build peace — and to find effective means to prevent the weaponization of technologies intended for peaceful use. As rising temperatures increase the threat of climate-driven conflicts on a global scale, what can we do to assure peaceful use of the powerful new technologies we must invent and deploy to assure humanity’s survival? Panelists: Kate Marvel, UN Under-Secretary General Izumi Nakamitsu, Senator Sam Nunn, Ray Rothrock

Closing Statement

3:45 p.m. | Main Stage
Partnering for Peace
Closing Remarks by Erik de Baedts


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

6:00 p.m.

Carnegie Hall

881 Seventh Avenue at 56th Street

In celebration of Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropic legacy and in honor of the 2019 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy recipients, Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director, Carnegie Hall, and Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York, invite you to dinner and a special performance.


The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
Hélène Grimaud, Piano


Valerie Coleman Umoja (arr. for orchestra: NY premiere)
Béla Bartók Piano Concerto No. 3
Richard Strauss Eine Alpensinfonie

Take a vividly orchestrated musical journey through the Alps and experience a majestic sunrise, a violent storm, awe-inspiring views from the peaks, and more. With nearly 130 instruments on stage — including wind and thunder machines — Strauss’s dramatic portrait of nature’s beauty has visceral power. While Strauss scales the heights, Bartók’s concerto looks inward with gentle folk melodies, chorale-like themes, and episodes of bird song, as well as moments of dazzling bravura.

6:00 p.m. Reception and Dinner
Weill Terrace Room, Ninth Floor (Enter on the southeast corner of Seventh Avenue and 56th Street.)

8:00 p.m. Concert
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

While at Carnegie Hall, we encourage you to visit the Rose Museum on the second floor to view the commemorative exhibit marking the centennial of Andrew Carnegie’s death. The exhibit traces Carnegie’s journey from humble beginnings to his work as a leading industrialist and philanthropist. It features archival documents, photos, and artifacts on loan from the Carnegie family, the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and its archives at Columbia University, and the National Archives and Records Administration.

This invitation is nontransferable. Due to the limited number of tickets, acceptances will be received on a first-come first-served basis.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

5:30–8:30 p.m.

Carnegie Corporation of New York

437 Madison Avenue, between 49th and 50th Streets

In celebration of the 2019 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy recipients,

Vartan Gregorian
President, Carnegie Corporation of New York


Thomas H. Kean
Chair, Carnegie Corporation of New York Board of Trustees

cordially invite you to a picnic at Sky Lounge. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy views of the iconic Empire State Building, which will be lit that evening to honor Andrew Carnegie’s legacy.

Please take the elevator to the 14th floor. You will be directed to a set of stairs or a second elevator leading to the terrace. In the event of inclement weather, the reception will be relocated to the Corporation’s offices on the 31st floor.