Danielle Allen’s Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality, a book that brings a provocative perspective to one of the most studied texts in U.S. history, is Northwestern University’s One Book One Northwestern all-campus read for the 2017–18 academic year. The book begins with a detailed review of the drafting, editing, and approval of this historic document in sufficient detail to provide valuable insight to even the most serious students of our nation’s founding documents. It follows with a thorough review of what the document says, the author’s intents, and the meaning we should take from this document. The author argues effectively that the document is a relevant call to equality today. Join us for the study group, and join Northwestern (and OLLI) for a series of activities throughout the spring based on the ideas in this book. Note: This study group will run during the last seven weeks of the semester.
* NOTE: Participants may register for this study group alone or in combination with a second 7-week study group. Registering for up to two 7-week study groups counts as one study group choice on your membership package, but it must be done through the OLLI office. Please indicate your choice(s) on your registration form. 7-week study groups include the following: Fostering Civic Engagement through the Creative Arts II; Our Declaration; Make Powerful OLLI Presentations; Fiction Writing Workshop I or II; Strangers in Their Own Land; Chamber Music Masterpieces for Larger Ensembles.