DIS Stockholm Hosts Academic Seminar: ‘Courage That Changes the World’

DIS Stockholm hosted the second academic seminar of the spring semester discussing contagious courage with Dr. Brian Palmer of Uppsala University.


Dr. Palmer spoke passionately and personally of civil society leaders, individual acts of courage, courage as a “contagion,” and the beauty of self-sacrifice. As a senior lecturer in the Department of Theology at Uppsala University, he offered the students a secular, yet deeply spiritual, meditation on creating a more humane world.

Dr. Palmer also offered the students practical and inspirational advice for how to make the most of their time in Sweden: from walks in immigrant communities in Stockholm’s suburbs to writing, blogging, and bearing witness to the good in Swedish society while considering how those “back home” could learn from first-hand reports. Around 50 students attended the seminar, almost half the DIS Stockholm student body. After the seminar, students stayed for the Q&A to further discuss how courage can spread through communities.

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