Dear Students, Friends, and Colleagues

Our long-awaited election season is finally upon us!  For many this is an anxious moment in our collective life as the ongoing pandemic has exposed systemic inequalities and barriers to the ballot that imperil our most fundamental rights as citizens. As someone who has fought to defend and expand voting rights much of my adult life, I share the concerns of many who see in this moment the erosion of democratic norms that have encouraged counting the votes of all of our fellow citizens and the peaceful transition of power between rival parties.

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Oct

29

Hart Fellowship Program Info Session

The Hart Fellowship Program offers recent Duke graduates ten-month fellowships with organizations that are facing complex social, political and humanitarian problems.

Nov

02

Celebrating Student' Visions for a New Democracy: The "Why Vote?" Challenge

Join HLP as we celebrate students and their video submissions to the challenge. As all eyes turn to the outcome of the election, we look forward to celebrating the vision of our students, whose aspirations transcend partisan outcomes and generate hope for the future of our democratic experiment.

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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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“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…