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 communal 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 highly skilled facilitators. Our sessions are as enjoyably accessible as they are intellectually rigorous. Although they may appear intimidating or “too academic,” 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.

We are committed to making our offerings of knowledge, dialogue, and community available to anyone who feels they can benefit from them, regardless of ability to pay. To that end, we have pay-what-you-can method of payment, including no-cost. See About page for details.



[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 also proud to be listed on #PhillyWeRise, a resource of radical grassroots organizations in Philadelphia devoted to fighting for a more humane world.

Register now for our current seminars. Descriptions here.


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