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A Clementine Eyes the Capitol



Danielle Allen may be a scholar, political theorist, and columnist, but we know her as a fellow Clementine.


The Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, she has been a member of the broader Clemente community for years. She was instrumental in founding Chicago's Odyssey Project, where she taught for many years. Her 2014 book Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality is based partly on her experience teaching the founding document to those students.


More recently, she penned the introduction to the Mass Humanities

anthology of Clemente writing, We, Too, Are America. She wrote there, "Fighting our way out of this pandemic, and out of the challenges that pre-existed it, requires that we revive the roots of solidarity, a feeling of being in this together and of wanting to help one another out."


It is with that spirit of solidarity that Danielle announces that she is exploring running for governor of Massachusetts. Whether or not she continues her run or is elected, we are excited to see someone with such a strong commitment to Clemente eyeing a move from the classroom to the statehouse.

Danielle Allen visits the Boston Clemente Course in 2014

In a recent opinion piece for the Washington Post, she wrote: "Ideas are the rich treasure the academy can yield. But they must be linked to a capacity for both politics and governance."



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