Arts & Sciences Spring 2014 Commencement Speaker Announced

Danielle S. Allen

A political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought, Danielle S. Allen will give advice to graduates and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences beginning at 8:30 a.m. Allen is the UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. Also an amateur boxer, Allen likes to spar with the thorny, real-world issues facing modern America. She draws on her extensive study of ancient Greece for insight on topics such as democracy, education, justice, and race. She is presently working on books on citizenship in the digital age and political equality, and she is the director of The Democratic Knowledge Project, a group of research projects on knowledge and democracy. Among these is HULA, which assesses the ability of a humanistic education to spur civic involvement and political participation.

April 21, 2014