Cambridge on Spielberg's list

May 31, 1996

British actor Ralph Fiennes has negotiated a $50,000 donation from Steven Spielberg for a visiting lectureship in modern Jewish studies at Cambridge University.

Fiennes, who starred in Schindler's List, the Oscar-winning American director's film about the Holocaust, was approached by his uncle, Cambridge divinity don Nicholas Lash, about the Cambridge faculty's need for a specialist in Judaism. Professor Lash, who says he spends "more time fundraising than researching", said: "They became quite good friends during the filming of Schindler's List."

The money will come from the Righteous Persons Foundation, set up by Mr Spielberg to distribute the profits of the film about Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who saved the lives of 1,100 Jews. It will be used to attract top Jewish scholars to talk about the Holocaust. Professor Lash said: "The benefaction is important because it means that the Cambridge divinity faculty will have lecturers on all the important religions of the world."

In January, Sussex University received $100,000 from Mr Spielberg for a new centre of German-Jewish studies.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns