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by Margaret Miller
Trinity University’s 2020 DeCoursey Lecture will feature Danielle Allen, who will be speaking on “The Ethics of Participation in a Digital Age.” The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Monday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., at Trinity’s Laurie Auditorium.
Allen is the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. A political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought, she is widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America.
Allen 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 is also the principal investigator for the Democratic Knowledge Project, a distributed research and action lab at Harvard University that seeks to identify, strengthen, and disseminate the bodies of knowledge, skills, and capacities that democratic citizens need in order to succeed at operating their democracy. She is also a MacArthur Fellow, Class of 2001.
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 DeCoursey Lecture Series is made possible by the late Gen. Elbert DeCoursey and Esther DeCoursey of San Antonio. For more information, visit Trinity’s Events Page.