Civic Virtue and the Common Good

A Conference on the Roots of Democracy 


In PersonOctober 2122, 2021 

“For as a human being is the best of the animals when perfected, so when separated from law and justice he is worst of all.”  Aristotle, Politics

The 2021 Conference on the Virtues seeks to gather scholars for a national conversation on the importance of civic virtue in shaping a society dedicated to the furtherance of the common good.  We invite papers examining the origins of democracy, the conditions of a civil society, ethical norms for political participation, the characteristics of flourishing communities, and education for citizenship.




Keynote Speaker

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The Declaration of Independence Today

Danielle Allen

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021
 7 p.m.Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

No ticket required—free and open to the public

Followed by a reception and book signing in the lobby

Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University professor at Harvard University, is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. She is the recipient of the 2020 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity, an award administered by the Library of Congress that recognizes work in disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes. 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), Our Declaration:  A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014), Education and Equality (2016), and Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. (2017). 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 (2015, with Jennifer Light).

For more information on Danielle Allen visit her on Twitter, at, and explore her page on The Washington Post.