Political theorist links inequality, citizenship, education's promise

Contact: Jeanne Baron
Headshot of Dr. Danielle Allen.


KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A faculty member from Harvard University will discuss her views on promoting equality through schooling when she speaks at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Danielle Allen, a professor in Harvard's Department of Government and its Graduate School of Education, will discuss "Inequality, Citizenship and the Promise of Education" during a talk in 2452 Knauss Hall. The event is free and open to the public.


A political theorist, Allen has published broadly in the areas of democratic theory, political sociology and the history of political thought and is widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America.

She directs the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard as well as directs the Democratic Knowledge Project, a group of research projects on knowledge and democracy.

Her six books include "Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education," "Our Declaration" and "Education and Equality."

Allen also is a contributing columnist for the Washington Post and co-editor of the award-winning "Education, Justice and Democracy" and "From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in the Digital Age."

About the talk

Allen's talk is being presented by WMU's College of Health and Human Services as part of its Burian University-Community Lecture Series and WMU's Center for the Humanities as part of its Promise of Education speaker series.

For more information, visit wmich.edu/humanities. For directions to WMU or a campus map, visit wmich.edu/maps/print. Free parking will be available in Parking Structure 2 adjacent to Miller Auditorium.

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