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Carleton Students Finalists in Debating for Democracy Competition

March 13, 2013

Carleton College students Emily Lamberty ‘14 (Lincoln, Neb.) and Gabriela Arteaga ‘14 (Miami, Fla.) have been named finalists in Project Pericles’ “Debating for Democracy (D4D)” competition.

Arteaga is an studio art and sociology/anthropology double major while Lamberty is a sociology/anthropology major with a concentration in Latin American Studies.

Project Pericles, a not-for-profit organization that encourages and facilitates commitments by colleges and universities to include social responsibility and participatory citizenship as essential elements of its educational programs, sponsors the “Debating for Democracy” competition. The competition involves writing a letter to an elected official to propose innovative solutions on a wide variety of issues ranging from gun control, to aerial predator drones, to addressing Alzheimer’s disease. Arteaga and Lamberty sent their letter to U.S. Representative John Kline (R-MN), in support of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994.

These letters were sent to more than 100 elected officials throughout the United States. Among the 57 letters submitted, five finalists will present their issues in the Legislative Hearings at the 2013 Debating for Democracy (D4D) National Conference on March 21 at The New School in New York City. The other four finalists hail from Bates College (Maine), Berea College (Tenn.), Chatham University (Pa.) and Swarthmore College (Pa.). At the legislative hearing on March 21, one of these teams will be selected as the winning team and will receive a $3,000 award to develop an advocacy campaign related to the issue they wrote about. The four semifinalist teams will each receive a $500 award also to be used to develop an advocacy campaign to move their issue forward. 

Founded in 2001 by philanthropist Eugene M. Lang, Project Pericles works directly with its member institutions as they individually and collaboratively develops model civic engagement programs in their classrooms, on their campuses, and in their communities.