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.
This workshop, held in Mainz, Germany, continued the partnership between SSRC’s Anxieties of Democracy program and the Democratic Anxieties project supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The workshop provided a collegial space for early career American and German scholars of democracy to present their research to each other and a set of senior social scientists from both sides of the Atlantic. Topics included minority representation, the success of populism, and the surveillance state.
On November 12, 2015, Roosevelt House welcomed the Social Science Research Council’s Anxieties of Democracy program in a continuing series during which scholars and practitioners analyze current anxieties of democracy. The evening featured Professor Pierre Rosanvallon of the Collège de France in his inaugural lecture as the Council’s first Democracy Fellow. His lecture and the ensuing dialogue with the audience sought to energize the conversation and inspire thoughtful and original solutions to the growing democratic problem of inequality. The event was introduced and moderated by Ira Katznelson, President of the Social Science Research Council, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University, and Roosevelt House Advisory Board Member.
Professor Pierre Rosanvallon, the Anxieties of Democracy program's inaugural Democracy Fellow, led a two-part Seminar on current 'anxieties of democracy' with twelve doctoral students, representing a range of disciplines and universities, who competed for a spot at the table.