Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series: Danielle Allen and Rob Reich Explore Education as Means to Democracy, Oct. 6

The co-editors of "Education, Justice, & Democracy" will enter a conversation with Dean Suárez-Orozco on how education supports democracy, advances justice.

The Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series (DDSS) continues on Monday, Oct. 6, 3-5 p.m.,  with Danielle Allen, UPS Foundation Professor of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and Rob Reich, associate professor of political science at Stanford University and co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, who will discuss their book, “Education, Justice, & Democracy.”

Danielle S. Allen is the UPS Foundation Professor of
Danielle S. Allen is the UPS Foundation Professor of Social Science at the Institute of Advanced Study.

Allen and Reich will participate in a conversation with Dr. Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, dean of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies on education in the 21st Century. Their discussion will focus on multidisciplinary research, educational policy, and issues of citizenship that most affect today’s students.

“Education, Justice, & Democracy” (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013) explores how the institutions and practices of education can support democracy by creating conditions for equal citizenship and egalitarian empowerment, and how they can advance justice, by securing social mobility.

Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Dr. Allen is a MacArthur Fellowship recipient and directs The Democratic Knowledge Project, a group of research projects on knowledge and democracy.

Dr. Reich is currently completing a book titled, “Just Giving: Toward a Political Theory of Philanthropy.” He serves as the faculty director for Stanford’s Program in Ethics in Society, and was is a Lawrence S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at the Center for Human Values, Princeton University.

Rob Reich
Rob Reich is the c0-director of Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.

“Education, Justice, & Democracy” will be on sale at the event. The book explores how education can support democracy and advance justice. Dr. Allen’s latest release, “Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality,” will also be on sale.

The event will take place in the new Palisades Room at the Robin and Albert Carnesale Commons on the UCLA campus, beginning with a reception at 3 p.m. and the lecture commencing at 4 p.m. Complimentary parking is available in Sunset Village and Parking Structure 4.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. To attend, please RSVP by Oct. 2 at

Click here for more information, or contact the Office of External Relations at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at or (310) 206-0375.

This Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series event was rescheduled from a cancellation earlier this year.