NEW YORK (AP) — The author and educator Danielle Allen has received a $500,000 prize from the Library of Congress.
Allen has won John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity. Allen is a Harvard University professor whose initiatives include the Democratic Knowledge Project for grades K-16 and whose books include “Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality.”
Allen will work with the Library of Congress on a project to encourage civic participation.
“We are proud to honor Danielle Allen, a leading expert on justice, citizenship and democracy, with the Kluge Prize as she helps to lead a timely national conversation on how we find our common purpose,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement this week. “Now is an important moment to discuss ways we can all promote civic strength and engagement, which is at the core of our national culture.”