Project Pericles® at Macalester College seeks to develop a structure and culture that intentionally support and promote a civically engaged campus. Project Pericles at Macalester began through a generous grant from Eugene Lang (National Project Pericles) and trustee emeritus Don & Adele Garretson.
Macalester College joined Project Pericles in 2003, as one of ten inaugural institutions and hosted the first Project Pericles Conference in 2004.
Project Pericles at Macalester is:
- A multifaceted effort to renew our civic commitments and make structural and cultural changes in order to cultivate in students the skills and motivation for a life of civic engagement.
- An opportunity to infuse social responsibility into all areas of the college, i.e. to create a civically engaged campus with institutional norms, structures, and protections that actively encourage and support civic engagement.
- A building block for a long-term comprehensive approach to education that develops informed and active citizens and strengthens communities.
For more information on public scholarship, civic engagement and Project Pericles at Macalester, see Macalester Professor Andrew Latham's paper,
"Liberal Education for Global Citizenship: Renewing Macalester's Traditions of Public Scholarship and Civic Learning"