Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century


Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Virtual event, registration required

The Ash Center and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) invites you to a discussion of Our Common Purpose, a report issued by the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship. The Commission, which was launched by AAAS, spent two years engaging with communities all over the U.S. to explore how best to respond to the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in our political and civic life.  


  • Danielle Allen, Director of the Safra Center on Ethics, Harvard University 
  • Stephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund 
  • Eric Liu, President, Citizen University 
  • Archon Fung (Moderator), Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government, Harvard Kennedy School

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