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.

Katie Grabowski and Bhumi Patel attended the 2013 National Conference after writing a letter to Senator Kirsten Gillebrand advocating her adoption of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease.

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:

Please check this website for updates. Questions should be directed to Rensselaer's Project Pericles Program Director.