Author Talk with Danielle Allen at Bates

Bates College, The Auburn Public Library and the Lewiston Public Library are sponsoring a Community Conversation with Danielle Allen, author of *Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality* (2014). It will take place on Tuesday, September 8, 2:00 pm at The Benjamin Mays Center at Bates College (95 Russell Street). It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Allen’s fascinating reading of the Declaration rejects the all too familiar polarization of the American political values of equality and liberty. Instead, she argues that the Declaration authorizes communities of political equality which guarantee the liberty of individual citizens to pursue their happiness.

Danielle Allen is the Director of the Edmond J.  Safra Center for Ethics and Professor of Government and Education at Harvard University. 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), and *Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality* (Norton/Liveright Books, June 2014).

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* (forthcoming, with Jennifer Light).

In 2002 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her ability to combine the classicist’s careful attention to texts and language with the political theorist’s sophisticated and informed engagement. Allen is a frequent public lecturer and regular guest on public radio affiliates to discuss issues of citizenship, as well as an occasional contributor on similar subjects to the *Washington Post, Boston Review, Democracy, Cabinet, *and* The Nation.*