Debating for Democracy (D4D)™

 Debating for Democracy (D4D) is a campus-based co-curricular program that represents the mission of Project Pericles in action. On each campus, Periclean students research, develop, and advocate their opinions and positions on current public policy issues.

The D4D program includes a National Conference that brings together student representatives from all Periclean campuses to participate in a series of educational activities with leading figures in civic engagement, education, environment, politics, and social entrepreneurship. The first D4D Conference took place on October 14, 2006. 

"The D4D conference was one of the best experiences that I have had in college. Our team was inspired to increase direct lobby efforts of our state and national legislators, and to promote awareness of the problems associated with mountaintop removal in Kentucky."

Beth Coleman, Member of Berea College student team; winners of the 2008 Legislative Hearing Competition at the D4D National Conference


2013 Debating for Democracy (D4D) National Conference
, March 21-22, The New School in New York City.

2012 Debating for Democracy (D4D) National Conference, March 22-23, The New School in New York City.

2011 Debating for Democracy (D4D) National Conference, March 24-25, Pace University in New York City.

2010 Debating for Democracy (D4D) National Conference,  April 8-9, 2010, The New School in New York City.


D4D on the Road is an initiative that brings advocacy experts to Periclean campuses to deliver workshops designed to empower and prepare students, faculty, and community members to work within our democratic processes to improve the condition of society. Learn more about D4D on the Road.