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In an age of globalization, centralized power, economic inequality, deep demographic shifts, political polarization, pandemics and climate change, and radical disruption in the media and information environments, we face these converging trends in a constitutional democracy that feels to many increasingly unresponsive, nonadaptive, and even antiquated.

Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, is a chair of the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship, which produced the report “Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century” for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She will join us for a presentation on the report and how to make the United States stronger, more equitable democracy.