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Collaborative Seminars

Bringing together academics, activists and community leaders for social change.


Our Collaborative Seminars are a unique combination of academic coursework, on the ground activism, and cohort based dialogue. You will begin by learning from content consultants: leading experts and innovators in relevant fields. From there, you begin to explore those ideas in your own context to seek to bring about positive change. At the end of each seminar, you will reconvene with the content consultants to evaluate and explore the change you saw in your community. They, and a cohort of like minded leaders, will help you foster justice, peace and thriving community in your context. Plus, to make the seminars available to leaders around the world, we offer all of them in an interactive online format.


There are no upcoming events at this time.


Part 1: Academic Seminars

Start with a series of online seminars led by content consultants, all of whom are leading scholars and community leaders. These initial seminars will consist of a discussion of literature and history related to the course by leading innovators.

Part 2: Community Project

Apply your learning! As you learn from the content consultants, you will design and implement a plan to foster change in your community. The consultants and your cohort members will help you shape and refine your project.

Part 3: Collaborative Cohort

Gather back online with the content consultants to present and discuss your projects. Consultants will help you dive deep into what worked well, what could be better, and the feedback you received from others.


Several of our partner institutions also offer online seminars for community leaders. Below, you will find a list of upcoming courses from leading scholars and innovators.

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American Prophet: The Inner Life and Global Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.

American Prophet is a course about the inner life and thoughts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many history books tell us that King was a civil rights leader who advocated for peaceful protest and made inspirational speeches. But what was he really thinking and feeling during the various campaigns in which he participated? How did he even become a civil rights leader in the first place? Was he really as confident about his methods as we think?