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LWVMA 100th Birthday Gala

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us virtually on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. to celebrate LWVMA’s 100th birthday. We are pleased to welcome Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard, as our featured speaker.

Meet Our Speaker

Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010), Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014), Education and Equality (2016), and Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. (2017). She is the co-editor of the award-winning Education, Justice, and Democracy (2013, with Rob Reich) and From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in the Digital Age (2015, with Jennifer Light). She is a former Chair of the Mellon Foundation Board, past Chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

Allen is also the principal investigator for the Democratic Knowledge Project, a distributed research and action lab at Harvard University. The Democratic Knowledge Project seeks to identify, strengthen, and disseminate the bodies of knowledge, skills, and capacities that democratic citizens need in order to succeed at operating their democracy. The lab currently has three projects underway: the Declaration Resources Project, the Humanities and Liberal Arts Assessment Project (HULA), and the Youth and Participatory Politics Action and Reflection Frame.

Meet Our Honoree

LWVMA will honor Pam Wilmot, Vice President of State Operations, Common Cause.

As Common Cause Vice President of State Operations, Pam Wilmot oversees a nationwide network of 30 state offices and advisory boards – each advocating for a different slate of locally-needed democracy reforms.

Pam previously served as Executive Director of Common Cause Massachusetts, where she built broad coalitions, advised legislators and other state officials, and employed grassroots organizing techniques to win dozens of ground-breaking changes. She is a widely recognized expert on the Electoral College, campaign finance, ethics, elections, and transparency laws; and is also Director of the National Popular Vote Initiative at Common Cause.

Pam has also worked for Rhode Island and Mass PIRG, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Bottle Bill campaigns, Connecticut Citizens Action Group, and the Wisconsin Citizens Utility Board. She is a graduate of Brown University, Northeastern University School of Law, and Smith College School for Social Work.

Help Us Recognize a Remarkable Person From Your Local League

LWVMA is asking our local Leagues to submit 1 person from their League to be recognized at the 100th Virtual Birthday Gala. The person can be anyone from the past 100 years and should be someone who has made remarkable contributions at the local, state and/or national League levels.

Tell us about the person you are are recognizing by completing this form by October 31, 2020. If you have any questions, please email bgorman@lwvma.org. 

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Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!

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