2013 National Conference
Project Pericles hosts a Legislative Hearing each year as part of the Debating for Democracy (D4D) National Conference. 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, the environment, politics, public policy, and social entrepreneurship. This year’s D4D National Conference will be held on March 21 and 22, 2013, at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts in New York City.
To participate in the legislative hearing and to encourage students to write their elected officials, Project Pericles is requesting an original letter to an elected official from groups (two or more students) at Periclean colleges and universities. Five of these letters from five different colleges will be selected by a panel of judges to be presented at the legislative hearing. The two lead authors of the five finalist letters will travel to New York to present and defend their letter and its subject at the National Conference. The prize structure for the five finalists includes (1) $3000 award and (4) $500 awards to fund advocacy and education activities for the winner's cause.
Rensselaer established the following critera to select its candidates to participate in the 2013 D4D National Conference and a chance to participate in the Legislative hearing:
- Candidates must attend D4D on the Road at Rensselaer on November 10, 2012 to qualify to participate;
- Only Rensselaer freshmen, sophomores anf juniors who attend Rensselaer's D4D are eligible to be candidates;
- Candidates must answer the 2013 D4D National Conference RFP, and submit their advocacy letter to Cynthia Smith, the Project Pericles Program Director in the Dean of Students Office no later than noon, on Wednesday, December 19, 2012.
- All letters will be reviewed by a panel of faculty and administrative judges during the holiday break. By January 11, the authors of the 3 letters that most accurately address the terms of the RFP will be notified that they are semi-finalists and will be moving on to the next round to compete for Rensselaer's prizes for their causes and a chance to compete at the National Conference.
- The three semi-finalists will compete in a formal debate before a panel of judges on the evening on January 23, 2013, following the format of the National Conference Legislative Hearing. The semi-finalists will compete for Rensselaer's three prizes - (1) $500 and (2) $250 prizes. They will be evaluated on the suitability of their letter for the national competition and on their oral ability to advocate for their cause. All three letters must be officially mailed to their intended recipients no later than January 31, and Rensselaer will submit the three letters for consideration to compete in the National Legislative debate. In addition, the top two team leaders (or their team member designee) earn the right to attend the D4D National Conference.
- In the event that one of the three teams is chosen to compete for their cause at Legislative Hearing at the National Conference, two members of that team will attend, and the top team leader of the other two teams (or their team member designee) will also go.
Please check this website for updates. Questions should be directed to Rensselaer's Project Pericles Program Director.