Advocate. Facilitate. Inspire.
Building on the legacy and innovative vision of Eugene Lang, Project Pericles is a vibrant consortium of colleges and universities that plays a vital role in promoting civic engagement within higher education.
Our model is unique. Project Pericles works at all levels of the campus, engaging trustees, presidents, provosts, and other senior staff; Periclean program directors on each campus; faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members.
We work in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community. This gives us leverage to push for institutional transformation and the incorporation of civic engagement and social responsibility across the college experience. We engage not just a few, but the majority of students on our campuses – either directly through Periclean programs or indirectly by creating a campus culture that thoroughly integrates civic engagement and social responsibility, most importantly, in the curriculum. Through our research projects and publications, we also promote greater awareness within higher education about the value and importance of civic engagement.
The national office of Project Pericles works with Periclean colleges and universities to develop civic engagement programs that support, enhance, and extend their existing activities. These programs are designed to deepen the Periclean mission on campus by enabling faculty to incorporate civic engagement into the curriculum and by empowering students to become more thoughtful and effective advocates. Signature Periclean programs include:
Recent News and Updates
Thanks to the generous support of the Spencer Foundation, Project Pericles is organizing 10 Debating for Democracy (D4D)™ on the Road workshops across the United States, which will reach hundreds of participants from more than 20 colleges and universities! Through these non-partisan workshops, Project Pericles has reached more than 3,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members on campuses across the country over the past seven years. We empower participants to effectively work within the democratic process to address pressing social, civic, and economic issues. The full schedule can be found below.
Project Pericles is pleased to partner with Wellstone Action once again for the D4D on the Road workshops we are offering this academic year. Wellstone is one of the leading providers of trainings for college students, and the trainers - Emily Caponetti, John Gilbert and Naomi Long - have extensive experience leading innovative and impactful civic engagement workshops.
We hope to see you at one of the workshops!
2015-2016 D4D on the Road Workshop Schedule:
Read the 2015 D4D National Conference Newsletter here!
Debating for Democracy (D4D) National Conference
Incarceration reform, veterans' health issues, gun control, and combating discrimination on college and university campuses were among the diverse issues tackled by student leaders as they met with public policy experts and activists at this year's Debating for Democracy (D4D) National Conference. The two-day conference, an initiative of Project Pericles, was hosted by President David Van Zandt and Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts on March 19 and 20 in New York City.
The conference featured two interactive workshops for our students, panel discussions, a Legislative Hearing, and time to network with fellow student activists from around the country (Agenda). We concluded with visits to five local non-profits, Community Voices Heard, Friends of the High Line, Harlem Grown, Inside Out/College and Community Fellowship, and Museum at Eldridge Street/A Landmark Synagogue Story.
Attended by student leaders from Periclean campuses, college presidents, faculty, staff, nonprofit activists, and foundation, government, and community leaders, the conference provided a forum to share ideas and advocate for issues of critical social and political concern - representing the mission of Project Pericles in action.
Our thanks to Eugene M. Lang, whose vision inspired this conference and to the Eugene M. Lang Foundation for its ongoing support of Project Pericles.
As Part of D4D National Conference, Student Teams Take Home $5,000 to Work on Advocacy Campaigns on their Campuses and in their Communities
Students from Rhodes College (Paul Brandt; Alex Dileo; Samuel Holder; and Parker Lyons) with the Legislative Hearing Judges (Carol Browner, Former EPA Administrator; former U.S. Congressman Thomas Downey (D-NY); and the Honorable Edwina Richardson-Mendelson), and Project Pericles Executive Director Jan Liss.
Five "Letters to an Elected Official" were featured at the conference's Debating for Democracy (D4D) Legislative Hearing. They were selected from letters written by teams of students from Periclean campuses and proposed innovative solutions to issues including education, immigration, and the environment. These letters were sent to elected officials across the United States.
At the hearing, teams of students from Bates College, Carleton College, Macalester College, Occidental College, and Rhodes College presented their public policy proposals to a panel of current and former government officials: Carol Browner, Former EPA Administrator; former U.S. Congressman Thomas Downey (D-NY); and the Honorable Edwina Richardson-Mendelson.
The Rhodes College team of Alexandra Dileo and Samuel Holder won the hearing for their "Letter in Support of Net Neutrality by Reclassifying Internet Service as a Public Utility under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934," which they sent to Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA). The pair urged Senator Isakson to safeguard net neutrality by supporting the reclassification of internet service as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Their letter was very timely and, subsequent to their writing, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) did move to reclassify internet service.
Rhodes will receive a $3,000 award to develop an advocacy campaign and we are looking forward to working with them on issues related to internet access. The four finalist teams will each receive a $500 award also to be used to develop an advocacy campaign to move their issue forward. This is the first time that Occidental College and Rhodes College were represented in the finals. Descriptions of the five finalist letters are available here.
We are proud of all the Periclean students on campuses throughout the country who participated in the competition!
This three-year project will further enhance our delivery of Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility (CESR) opportunities to students in all majors and will significantly increase the reach of civic engagement programming across the curriculum. Read more about Creating Cohesive Paths to Civic Engagement.
Project Pericles was one of four grantees invited by The Teagle Foundation to present at "A Larger Vision for Student Learning: Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility" - Teagle's national convening of grantees on April 9-10. Jan Liss discussed Creating Cohesive Paths to Civic Engagement. Liss presented finding from this national project that includes inventorying/ mapping all civic engagement courses and co-curricular activities on the 26 participating campuses.
Representing the participating campuses were five of the campus leaders responsible for the mapping work. We were pleased to be joined by:
Allegheny College - Terry Bensel, Associate Provost & Director of the Allegheny Gateway, Professor of Environmental Science, and Project Pericles Program Director
Carleton College - Adrienne Falcón, Director of Academic Civic Engagement, Lecturer in Sociology, and Project Pericles Program Director
Hampshire College - Laura Wenk, Dean of Curriculum and Assessment & Associate Professor of Cognition and Education (Dean of Faculty/School of Cognitive Science)
Hendrix College - Jay Barth, M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Distinguished Professor of Politics, Director of Civic Engagement Projects, and Project Pericles Program Director
Occidental College - Ella Turenne, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, and Project Pericles Program Director
Neil Grabois, Board Chair, Project Pericles and Garret Batten, Assistant Director, Project Pericles were also in attendance.
Creating Cohesive Paths to Civic Engagement is a three-year project to reconceptualize the organization and integration of programming for civic engagement and social responsibility (CESR) within higher education. With support from the Eugene M. Lang Foundation andThe Teagle Foundation, our member colleges and universities are inventorying, mapping, strengthening, and developing more cohesive and integrated curricular programs to enable students in all disciplines to incorporate civic engagement into their courses of study.
For more information about receiving copies of our newsletters and publications, please e-mail Garret Batten.