―Dr. Cornel West, author of Democracy Matters: Winning the War on Imperialism
Please join us digitally as we welcome our very special guest Dr. Danielle Allen — Harvard Professor, classicist, and political scientist, and the author of “Our Declaration,” a book about this critical moment in the future of building a multiracial democracy.
At a time when the future of American democracy is under threat from across the political spectrum — when a disturbingly high number of citizens seem to no longer believe in the American project — Dr. Allen’s body of work “thrillingly affirms the continuing relevance of America’s founding text, ultimately revealing what democracy actually means and what it asks of us.” Part democracy’s orator and part its master mechanic, Dr. Allen is uniquely equipped to guide us to the other side of our current crisis of faith in democracy.
This important conversation is offered in partnership with Florida Humanities and will be facilitated by Dr. Nashid Madyun, their executive director. We’re also delighted to welcome streaming partners USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, Common Ground Committee and the Tallahassee Democrat. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this program and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.
Dr. Allen’s contributions to this moment in history are tangible and impactful — she recently co-chaired the comprehensive report Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century.
Find Danielle Allen’s piece “How the Declaration of Independence Offers a Roadmap to a Better Union” in the Spring 2020 “Democracy Edition” of Forum Magazine (begins on page 22). Pick up a copy of “Our Declaration” and join us on September 30th for an important conversation about our future you won’t soon forget. If you’re in Tallahassee, visit Midtown Reader and mention The Village Square and received 15% off your purchase.