Project Pericles

Advocate. Facilitate. Inspire.

Building on the Legacy and Innovative Vision of Eugene Lang - Since its founding in 2001, Project Pericles has grown into a vibrant consortium of liberal arts colleges and universities that plays a vital role in promoting civic engagement in higher education.

Our model is unique: Project Pericles works at all levels of the campus. We engage college boards of 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 while engaging, 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.

Recent News and Updates

Our Fall Newsletter offers exciting updates on ongoing programs, such as Creating Cohesive Paths, D4D™ on the Road, and the 2014 Letters to an Elected Official Competition. To read the Newsletter, click here.

Creating Cohesive Paths to Civic Engagement 

Launched in 2013, this cutting edge, 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 Announces 15 Mini-Grants to Member Campuses around the Country

In October, Project Pericles awarded 15 mini-grants to 16 Periclean Colleges and Universities. The projects focus on strengthening the integration, organization, and assessment of curricular and co-curricular programming for civic engagement and social responsibility. The awards were made as part of Creating Cohesive Paths to Civic Engagement, a three-year project designed to improve approaches to civic engagement in higher education. To read more about the mini-grants, click here

This work is made possible through the generous support of the Eugene M. Lang Foundation and The Teagle Foundation

Winners of the 2014 Letters to an Elected Official Competition

Over the past six years, hundreds of teams from all 29 Periclean colleges and universities have participated in the Letters to an Elected Official Competition. Winning teams have used their awards to take their issue and move it forward. Student leaders and activists have worked on a wide range of issues, including: fracking, education reform, human trafficking, the Dream Act, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and mountaintop removal coal mining. They have met with their elected officials and raised awareness on campus and in the community about their issues. 

This year's winning teams will each receive $500 award. The six winning letters are:

Hendrix College "A Letter to State Senator Joyce A. Elliott (D-AR) Concerning the Establishment of an Arkansas State Bank" by Chirag Lala and Steven Hulsey. To read the letter, click here

Macalester College "A Letter to Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) in support of the Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013 (S. 912)" by Eliza Ramsey, Ben Haltmaier, and Myles Ambrose. To read the letter, click here

New England College "A Letter to U. S. Representative Ann M. Kuster (D-NH) in Support of Providing Resources Early for Kids Act of 2013 (H.R. 1041)" by Mariel Rheingold and Martina Cohran. To read the letter, click here

Pitzer College "A Letter to U.S. Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) in support of the Safe Schools Improvement Act" by Eli Erlick and Nicholas LaCivita. To read the letter, click here

Swarthmore College "A Letter to Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) concerning Human Rights Considerations and Effectiveness of U.S. Sponsored Coca Fumigation in Colombia" by Mackenzie Welch and Jason Mendoza. To read the letter, click here

Wagner College "A Letter to State Senator Diane J. Savino (D-NY) concerning the impact of hydraulic fracking in New York" by Nada Metwally and Adrienne Datta. To read the letter, click here 

We are proud of all the Periclean students on campuses throughout the country who participated in the competition!

For more information about receiving copies of our newsletters and publications, please e-mail Garret Batten.