Our Mission

inciteseminarsFBIncite | rouse, urge, encourage, stimulate.

Seminar | breeding ground, plant hothouse; gathering of a small group to discuss a topic intensively.

 We create public humanities seminars that agitate personal awareness and incite community action.

Incite Seminars offers an educational experience. We do so by combining small groups of 6-15 committed participants, an open exchange of dynamic ideas, lively dialogue, and skilled facilitators. Our sessions are as enjoyably accessible as they are intellectually rigorous. We are certain you will find our seminars refreshingly satisfying, relevant, and even fun. No prior knowledge of a subject is presupposed. Read more about the process here.

We also publish an online journal dedicated to re-imagining higher educational culture. It is called Incite Items: For Educational Iconoclasm.



[This video from Syracuse University expresses the general spirit of our shared enterprise of educating in the humanities. We’re working on our own in the meantime!]

Incite Seminars is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit.

Our home is The Bourse, 111 South Independence Mall East, Suite 540, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (= 5th Street between Market and Chestnut). Here’s a map.

Incite Seminars is a member of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, “a global network of over 250 humanities centers, institutes, research libraries, and related organizations.”

We are proud to be in partnership with the Critical Theory Workshop, “an international school for trans-disciplinary, cross-cultural and committed research.”

We are also proud to be included in the listings of these Philadelphia activist organizations: #PhillyWeRise, a resource of radical grassroots organizations in Philadelphia devoted to fighting for a more humane world; and PHENND (Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development), “a network of over 30 colleges and universities that strengthens service-learning, civic engagement, and community partnership in Philadelphia, connecting academics with community involvement.”

If you live near Melbourne, check out Incite Seminars Australia.

Register now for our current seminars. Descriptions here.


Please consider contributing to our Patreon. All funds subsidize seminars. Thank you!