A Letter Worth Three Thousand Bucks

Writing letters is a lost art. But would you go through the trouble of reviving it if you knew your letter to an elected official could be worth $3,000? Thought so.

Passionate about a current public policy issue and want your elected officials to know and do something about it? Project Pericles invites Pace students to participate in an opportunity to research, develop, and advocate their opinions and positions on a current public policy issue. Student groups with the best letters (based on quality of research, analysis, and presentation) will compete both campus-wide and nationwide and be invited to attend the 2013 Debating for Democracy (D4D) National Conference at The New School in NYC on March 21 and 22.

Project Pericles Inc. will provide a $3,000 award to the students at the college that submits the best letter to an elected official as determined by a panel of former elected officials during the legislative hearing. The four semi-finalist teams will each received a $500 award. The deadline to submit your letter is February 1, 2013.

The conference will consist of workshops, keynote addresses, and panel discussions that will introduce students to experts from the world of civic engagement, education, environment, politics, public policy, and social entrepreneurship. For more information, see the attached guidelines.

If you have any further questions, please contact Heather Novak (PLV) at (914) 773-3464 or Daniel Botting (NYC) at (212) 346-1791.

Are Corporations People? Apparently Not.

Former Assistant Attorney General wants you to know why corporations are NOT people. Sit in on a lecture by Jeff Clements, author of Corporations are Not People: Why They Have More Rights and What You Can Do About It.

On Tuesday, September 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Student Union, take part in a riveting discussion with former Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts Jeff Clements during his talk titled “Corporations Are Not People.”

Clements is currently president and co-founder of Free Speech for People, a national, non-partisan campaign to challenge the creation of Constitutional rights for corporations, overturn Citizens United vs. FEC, and strengthen American Democracy and Republican Self-Government, as well as the author of Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights and What You Can Do About It. The event is part of the “Democracy in Action–Election 2012” campaign presented by Project Pericles,  a not-for-profit organization that encourages colleges and universities to include social responsibility as an essential element of their educational programming, and the University’s Center for Community Action and Research.

—Written by Sarah Aires ‘14

All American Bigotry

On April 3, prominent media professionals, activists, and artists stop by the NYC Campus to talk about their effort to combat Islamaphobia.

The Center for Community Action and Research, Student Advisory Committee to Project Pericles, Honors College, Muslim Students Association, Gotham House, and Political Science Department will bring you All American Bigotry? Media, Art, and Activism in the Age of Islamaphobia on Tuesday, April 3, from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the Student Union in NYC.

Hear from a panel of media professionals, activists, and artists including:

  • Mahyad Tousi—Co-founder and CEO of BoomGen Studios, the company that provides creative, publicity, and marketing consulting to TLC on the TV show, All-American Muslim.
  • Daisy Khan—Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), a non-profit dedicated to strengthening an expression of Islam based on cultural and religious harmony & building bridges between Muslims and the public.
  • Cyrus McGoldrick (aka Raskol Khan)—American-Muslim rapper and Civil Rights Manager of CAIR, NYC (Council of American Islamic Relations)
  • Neda Sarmast—Iranian-American documentary filmmaker, heading up the mission of fostering global youth dialogue with her film Nobody’s Enemy.
  • Kamrooz Aram—Contemporary artist whose work explores themes relating to systems of belief, including nationalist, religious, and artistic ideologies.

Professor Satish Kolluri, Department Of Communication Studies, will moderate the panel.


Lifting the Veil of Secrecy

A necessary and intriguing peek into the heart of Iran’s young people who stand at the center of its challenges and at the helm of its future. The NYC Campus hosts a screening of Nobody’s Enemy and discussion with the filmmaker on February 23.

Join Project Pericles and the Center for Community Action and Research at a screening of the film, Nobody’s Enemy: The Youth Culture of Iran Today, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Neda Sarmast on Thursday, February 23, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room W-614 in One Pace Plaza on the NYC Campus.

This ground-breaking documentary lifts the veil of secrecy that has shrouded the faces of Iran’s young people for the past 30 years. It examines their lives, voices and hopes in a time of great change and international instability. In the lead up to the most historic elections of the past three decades and a possible conflict with America or Israel, Neda, a first time Iranian–American documentary filmmaker, reentered the country of her birth and uncovered stories that young Iranians want to tell us–stories we need to hear.

This event is part of the “In Good Faith” series of events dedicated to raising awareness and encouraging discussion on questions of faith and the nexus of religion and politics.