My Little Hundred Million

Episode 06 My Little Hundred Million

In the early ’90s, Hank Rowan gave $100 million to a university in New Jersey, an act of extraordinary generosity that helped launch the greatest explosion in educational philanthropy since the days of Andrew Carnegie and the Rockefellers. But Rowan gave his money to Glassboro State University, a tiny, almost bankrupt school in South Jersey, while almost all of the philanthropists who followed his lead made their donations to elite schools such as Harvard and Yale. Why did no one follow Rowan’s example?

“My Little Hundred Million” is the third part of Revisionist History’s educational miniseries. It looks at the hidden ideologies behind giving and how a strange set of ideas has hijacked educational philanthropy.

CORRECTION: In this episode’s discussion of the industrial revolution, the original script read, “One theory is that England was lucky enough to have more geniuses than anyone else, like James Watt, who invents the steam engine.” James Watt was Scottish, and so the word England has been changed to Britain in the audio version.

Episode 01The Lady Vanishes

Episode 02Saigon, 1965

Episode 03The Big Man Can’t Shoot

Episode 04Carlos Doesn’t Remember

Episode 05Food Fight

Episode 06My Little Hundred Million

Episode 07Hallelujah

Episode 08Blame Game

Episode 09Generous Orthodoxy

Episode 10The Satire Paradox

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