The Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities

19 Jun 2019

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The building will occupy a presently empty space on the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, bounded by Woodstock Road, Little Clarendon Street, Walton Street and Observatory Street and situated just to the north of the city centre.

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.

The Schwarzman Centre will serve as a dynamic hub dedicated to the Humanities – those fields which inform our understanding and appreciation of the human experience.

For the first time in the University’s history, Oxford’s programmes in English, history, linguistics, philology and phonetics, medieval and modern languages, music, philosophy, and theology and religion will be housed together in a space designed to encourage experiential learning and bold experimentation through cross-disciplinary and collaborative study.

The Schwarzman Centre will also be home to Oxford’s new Institute for Ethics in AI which will build upon the University’s world-class capabilities in the Humanities to lead the study of the ethical implications of artificial intelligence and other new computing technologies.

The building will include performing arts and exhibition venues designed to engage the Oxford community and the public at large. Modern amenities and digital capabilities will allow Oxford to share the full breadth of its unparalleled collections and research in the Humanities.

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