Lauder Intercultural Ventures

Lauder Intercultural Ventures (LIVs)

Lauder Intercultural Ventures (LIVs) provide an opportunity to road test earlier lessons on intercultural leadership in the context of a week-long off-site immersion and related pre-departure academic work. Each LIV, led by a faculty member, focuses on a theme relevant to the site’s historical, social, political, economic, and/or cultural context. LIVs are scheduled during Fall and Spring break, and each student will enroll in two LIVs throughout their two years at Lauder. A LIV combines academic and experiential learning activities, and thus has contextual knowledge objectives (such as learning about environmental issues, consumption habits, religious studies, etc.) as well as field-based exercises and leadership development opportunities.

Spring 2024 LIVs


Infrastructure and Urban Renaissance


Edge of Empires


Interfaith Dynamics


Cosmopolitanism and Consumption, Where Culture and the Economy Meet


Buddhist Material Culture and Magic

Past LIVs


Living Sustainability


Understanding a Nation through Sports


Global Heritage, Desert Cities and Living Legacies


Education for Transformation, Transforming Education


Insights into the Arab Spring


Cities of Tomorrow, Blueprints of Yesterday


Consumption, Innovation, and Diversity on the World Stage

Poland and Hungary

In or Out of Europe?


Muslim Civil Society and Peace Making

LIV Application

Students will be asked to apply for a LIV that focuses on a theme of greatest interest to them. The Institute aims to meet student interest, but cannot guarantee first choices. Students will submit an application for participation in which they provide first, second, and third LIV choices and submit an application essay. Criteria for LIV assignments are: the quality of the academic rationale and the availability of slots. Once a LIV has been assigned, students will sign an agreement that commits them to participating in all the planned activities related to the LIV and to follow the policies. After signing the agreement, students cannot change their LIV.

LIV Student Experiences