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Danielle Allen to deliver COMPAS keynote lecture on "The Meaning of America: Laying a New Foundation for Commitment to American Democracy and One Another"

Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, will deliver the CEHV Distinguished Lecture as part of this year’s COMPAS program on “What is America?”

COMPAS (Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society) is a year-long, university-wide series of events promoting informed and civil discussion of controversial topics that require a variety of disciplinary perspectives to be addressed successfully. The 2019-2020 "What Is America?" COMPAS focuses on the question of what unites us as Americans, and how this shapes our thinking about the ethical and political challenges that we face.

Professor Allen is a classicist and political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of numerous books including, most recently, 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).

This event has been generously co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 

It is free and open to the public. To register and find more information click here.

Note: Registration helps us to gauge numbers and understand our audience. You may also request accommodations on the registration form. Registration does not guarantee admission. Space is capped at 165 seats and will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

The lecture will be video-recorded for those unable to attend.