I co-founded the The Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study (PIFAS) in January 2007 and directed it until November 2009. One of our main goals was to democratize higher education. We grew to over 80 members, and nearly 500 people signed up (voluntarily) for our mailing list. We hosted a staggeringly abundant and wide variety of courses, seminars, lectures, and workshops, ranging in topic from architecture to zoology. We were written up in the New York Times, Art in America, Time Out New York, and many Philadelphian publications.

This is the largest, most successful project that I've ever been involved with. For three years, PIFAS was my life.