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Danielle Allen: Democracy in the Time of Coronavirus

Wed, March 16th, 2022
5:00 pm
- 6:15 pm

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This virtual event will feature a talk by Danielle Allen, a conversation between Allen and Neil Roberts (Professor of Africana Studies and W. Ford Schumann Faculty Fellow in Democratic Studies) and an audience Q and A. All are welcome!

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Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. She is the recipient of the 2020 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity, an award administered by the Library of Congress that recognizes work in disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes.

Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010), Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014), Education and Equality (2016), and Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. (2017). She is the co-editor of the award-winning Education, Justice, and Democracy (2013, with Rob Reich) and From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in the Digital Age (2015, with Jennifer Light). She is a former Chair of the Mellon Foundation Board, past Chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

She has chaired numerous commission processes and is a lead author on influential policy roadmaps, including Pursuing Excellence on a Foundation of InclusionRoadmap to Pandemic ResiliencePandemic Resilience: Getting it DoneOur Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century; and Education for American Democracy: Excellence in History and Civics for all Learners K-12.  She was for many years a contributing columnist for the Washington Post, and writes for the Atlantic.

Allen is the founding director for the Democratic Knowledge Project Design Studio, which emerged from the Democratic Knowledge Project, a distributed research and action lab at Harvard University.  Allen’s lab, the Democratic Knowledge Project, worked to identify, strengthen, and disseminate the bodies of knowledge, skills, and capacities that democratic citizens need in order to succeed at operating their democracy.  The Design Studio now supports the Democratic Knowledge Project K-12 civic education work, for which Allen is a faculty advisor.

This event is sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies.


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