Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty and Friends

Greetings, and welcome to our program website.  As we celebrate our 30th anniversary this year, we in the Hart Leadership Program are proud of the fact that more than 12,000 undergraduates at Duke have taken our classes, or participated in our experiential learning programming around the world. Our core faculty has been here for over…

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Tony Brown

“The notion of leadership is that we have limited energy and capacity to make change. So we’d better be focusing on what we really care about . . . And it’s got to come from the inside out.”

Robert Korstad

"If you are serious about being a leader, then being engaged in the society you live in requires a commitment, and your determination to honor that commitment becomes a core value."

Alma Blount

“I see leadership as the process of helping people confront their own most difficult challenges, so they can discover and come to trust their capacity to adapt, and learn new ways of doing business that will allow them to thrive.”

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We're HLP.

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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Service Opportunities In Leadership

SOL is an intensive 12-month leadership program for Duke undergraduates that combines academic study, research service learning, mentoring, and leadership training.


The Hart Fellows Program

The Hart Fellows Program offers recent Duke graduates ten-month fellowships with international humanitarian organizations.


Enterprising Leadership Initiative

ELI challenges undergraduates and alumni to make positive contributions to society and to pursue innovative ideas that enhance communities.


Research Service-Learning Pathway

The RSL Pathway fuses research, service and critical reflection with core public policy courses.

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“My constant concern with what was the right thing to do kept me in the domain of applied ethics, striving often to apply the ethical theories I had so studiously examined in my theological studies to real-life issues and dilemmas.”


Saved for a Purpose

- James A. Joseph, Emeritus Professor of the Practice of Public Policy, Affiliated Faculty

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Spring 2018 courses: Spots available

Still tinkering with your schedule and looking for a great course for the spring? There are a few spots left in HLP courses What's Up Durham? and The Republican Party and its Future.  Find their full course descriptions here.



Hart Fellows Info Session

Missed the first Hart Fellows info session? Mark your calendars for our second and final info session on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 from 5-6 PM in Sanford 223. The Hart Fellows Program offers recent graduates of Duke University the opportunity to work with international organizations that are facing complex social, political and humanitarian problems. The 10-month field-based experience helps Fellows develop…