ON EQUALITY: A CONVERSATION

Council Chambers  |  2:00pm–3:15pm

DANIELLE ALLEN in conversation with MARK GREIF

Education. Healthcare. Justice. Water. Leisure. Food. Art. The list of shared goods to which equal access is becoming ever more difficult goes on, and it is lengthening daily. American democracy and culture are being shaped by the pressures of inequality, while the republic and its people are groaning for relief. "All men are created equal." So we have been told. But what is equality, and what would a nation of individuals that understood equality (alongside freedom) as one of their greatest assets and rights actually look like?

DANIELLE ALLEN is Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University. A political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought, Allen's most recent books are Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014), and Education and Equality (2016).

MARK GREIF (moderator) is Associate Professor of Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research. In 2004, in New York, he co-founded the literary and intellectual journal n+1, and has been a principal at the magazine since then. His most recent book, Against Everything, is a cultural argument in linked essays that was published by Pantheon Books and Verso Books in September 2016.