09 Sep

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 two decades. Why is it that we still have a passion for teaching and mentoring? Why is it that many of our former students stay in touch, sending us updates about their lives and the leadership lessons they continue to learn in their work and their roles as engaged citizens? What is the special spirit of this program?

We have updated our website to tell the story more completely, and we will add new sections in the fall.  If you have been part of the educational process here, you know it is a story about formation. It is a story about getting out into the world, learning how to read complex contexts, taking risks, building relationships, and forming community.  It is about learning to work with conflict productively, dealing with differences, and engaging others in difficult work. It is about opening our eyes to life on the planet here and now, locating a sense of purpose, finding our voices, and taking action.

We are eager to share the story of what our program is all about.  What do we mean by leadership for public life, and why it is worth the time and effort to cultivate this approach as a lifelong practice?  What is leadership?  How do we try to teach it? Why does it matter? How has our program been able to generate such a vibrant sense of community? Why has it been connected to such an array of creative projects during the past thirty years? Why and how has our model been adapted to such a diverse group of programs at Duke, and beyond?

In recognition of our 30th anniversary we hope to share our story in a fuller way. Stay tuned as we add videos and articles during the 2017-18 academic year.  If you are a current or former Hart student, we invite you to contribute to our story quilt. Come back and visit us again, and help us reflect on the values and practices that continue to shape our work.


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