Oxford University’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities has reached an important construction milestone with a commencement ceremony on 18 November 2022.
The Schwarzman Centre construction commencement ceremony represents an important milestone in the single biggest capital project ever carried out at Oxford University. It marks the conclusion of preparatory construction work and clearance of the site for the main construction to begin.
The Centre, which is expected to be completed in 2025, will boost teaching and research in the humanities at the University of Oxford and provide them with a new home which brings together seven faculties, the Institute for Ethics in AI, the Oxford Internet Institute, and a new humanities library.
It has been made possible by a £175 million gift from Stephen A. Schwarzman, the Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms. This is the largest donation in the University’s history.
The ceremony included speeches by Mr Schwarzman; Professor Dame Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford; and Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University of Oxford.
Mr Schwarzman said: “I’m incredibly proud and excited to see the new Centre for the Humanities come to life. It will benefit Oxford students, faculty and the community for years to come and help Oxford best apply its global leadership in the Humanities to some of the most pressing questions of the 21st Century.”
The Centre will house a full suite of high-quality exhibition and performance spaces, allowing public audiences to engage more deeply with the University.
It will be a model for the essential role of the humanities in helping the world to confront some of the most pressing questions and challenges it faces today. It will be a building that invites the widest range of audiences inside and will feature
The Centre has already had a significant impact in its early years, and recent developments include: