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Renowned scholar, author and political theorist Danielle Allen concluded her activities as the 2017 Democracy Fellow of the SSRC’s Anxieties of Democracy program last week with a public lecture in New York City. Professor Allen presented a powerful, provocative lecture on political equality to a capacity audience at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College Nov. 16, followed by a response from NYU Law professor Jeremy Waldron.

Following the formal program Professor Allen signed copies of her recent books Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A and Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality. Professor Waldron also signed copies of his book One Another’s Equals: The Basis of Human Equality.

As the 2017 Democracy Fellow, Professor Allen also conducted three graduate seminars for New York-area students and junior faculty from University Fund institutions. Professor Allen is among the most respected political theorists today, and serves as the James Bryant Conant Professor at Harvard, as well as director of the university’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. Much of her work and writings have been focused on issues surrounding democracy, race and inequality in all its forms – educational, economic, political, and judicial.