Two NEC Students to Participate in Debating for Democracy Conference
L-R: Joseph Doiron, President Michele Perkins, Eugene Lang (founder of Project Pericles), John Doucette
Two New England College students participated in the Legislative Hearings program of the Debating for Democracy Conference on April 3rd and 4th in New York City. A Project Pericles initiative, the Debating for Democracy Conference draws students from the 22 Project Pericles institutions around the country to share their research and opinions on important public policy issues of the day. By providing students with an opportunity to engage in the democratic process, conference organizers hope to inspire in them a desire to become actively involved at the local and even national levels.
A feature of this inaugural conference is the Legislative Hearings program. Students from six of the Project Pericles colleges were selected to present their proposals to a panel of distinguished legislators including former U.S. Senators Nancy Kassebaum Baker and Harris Wofford; New York State Senator Bill Perkins; and New York City Councilman Eric Gioia. U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey, President of the New School will serve as the moderator.
Students from New England College, Berea College, Hampshire College, Hendrix College, and Macalester College were selected from more than 40 proposals to participate in the Legislative Hearings at the April conference. NEC students John Doucette and Joe Doiron will present their research and findings on a proposal to establish a consumer privacy registry.
Founded by educational philanthropist and visionary Eugene M. Lang, Project Pericles is dedicated to promoting social responsibility and participatory citizenship in the educational and co-curricular programs of its member schools.