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.
Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty and Friends
Greetings, and welcome to our website. In celebrating our 30th anniversary, 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 programming. Our core faculty has been with us for more than two decades. Why do we continue to…Read Story
Robert Korstad, Professor of Public Policy Studies and History, served as director of Hart Leadership Program from 1995-2001. He was instrumental in the creation of Service Opportunities in Leadership (SOL) and the Hart Fellows Program.
Alma Blount has directed the Hart Leadership Program since 2001. She began teaching adaptive leadership at Duke in 1994, and has applied her interests in politics, narrative writing, and systems thinking to the way she runs Service Opportunities in Leadership.
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.
Explore our core programs
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.
“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.”From
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