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A $3 million gift to Duke University will support two Hart Leadership Program Professors of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Hart Leadership Program, announced Sanford School Dean Judith Kelley. The two professorships are funded through a commitment from Milledge A. (Mitch) Hart III and Linda W. Hart, who founded the Hart Leadership Program in 1986 and are longtime friends of the university.

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Are Student Rights Under Attack? The 26th Amendment and You

The 26th Amendment guarantees voting rights to Americans over the age of 18. However, even as young people still face many barriers to voting, the last decade has seen a profusion of attempts to keep students from exercising that right, from new strict voter identification laws, to confusion about the right to vote at campus…



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Applications for the Leadership and Arts Policy Internship (LAPI) grants are due March 6 by 11:59 p.m. to Associate in Research Adam Beyer.

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The Hart Leadership Program challenges students to practice the art of leadership in public life. What is the art?  Lao-Tzu said it with minimal words: “With the best of leaders, when the work is done, the project completed, the people all say, ‘Amazing. We did it ourselves.'”  It’s taking on challenging work in groups, organizations, institutions and social systems–the kind of work that usually takes people beyond their comfort zones.  It requires courage, but it also builds it.  It tests us and forms us.  It helps us discover who we really are, and what we are capable of doing together, when we locate common purpose.  It’s about learning to ask big questions, and then hard questions.  It’s an art where groups become the unit of transformation, and where the right questions have the power to generate far more engagement and endurance than easy answers ever would.

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The Hart Fellows Program offers recent Duke graduates ten-month fellowships with domestic and international community-based organizations.


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“Tony Brown came from the corporate world to become a Professor of the Practice at Sanford School of Public Policy in 1993. Tony’s approach centers on action-oriented learning that produces real results and challenges students to define their own moral fiber and values.”


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HLP students receive Duke leadership awards

Several current and former Hart Leadership Program-affiliated students won awards recognizing their achievements in leadership and service. Duke's annual "In The Spotlight" ceremony showcases individuals and organizations, nominated by members of the Duke community, whose influence has made a significant impact on University life and beyond. The students were honored at a ceremony on April…