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The Declaration of Independence Today


Civic Virtue and the Common Good
A Conference on the Roots of Democracy
Oct 21-22, 2021

The 2021 Conference on the Virtues seeks to gather scholars for a national conversation on the importance of civic virtue in shaping a society dedicated to the furtherance of the common good. Scholars have been invited to  examine the origins of democracy, the conditions of a civil society, ethical norms for political participation, the characteristics of flourishing communities, and education for citizenship.  

For additional information, visit the conference web page here..

Keynote Speaker
The Declaration of Independence Today

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).

The LWVLA Book Club is reading Allen's 2014 book, Our Declaration:  A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality, for its November selection. 

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
Fine Arts Center Main Theater
Viterbo University
Public Welcome.

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