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610 | Danielle Allen's Cuz: An American Tragedy
610 | Danielle Allen's Cuz: An American Tragedy
Sunday, November 5 | 4 - 5 PM
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
5850 S Woodlawn Ave | Chicago, IL | 60637
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

“A searing memoir and sharp social critique.” — Kirkus Review

Long-time CHF presenter, political theorist, and philosopher, Danielle Allen is breaking new ground with Cuz, a family memoir that recounts the story of her cousin Michael, incarcerated at age 15 and released in his mid-twenties, only to meet an early death. Allen weaves the personal and political together in her tale, exploring the failings of both the American judicial system and family in Michael’s tragic fate. WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore joins Allen in this moving conversation.

Preorder your copy of Cuz through the CHF box office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.

This program is presented as part of the annual Karla Scherer Endowed Lecture Series for the University of Chicago.


Danielle Allen is Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University. She is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. She is widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America. She is a Chair of the Mellon Foundation Board, past Chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, and a member of the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs Board, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

Natalie Moore is the author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation. She is the South Side bureau reporter for WBEZ. Before joining WBEZ she covered the Detroit City Council for Detroit News. She worked as an education reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a reporter for the Associated Press in Jerusalem. Her work has been published in Essence, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Reader, In These Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune. She lives in Chicago.

  • Karla Scherer Endowed Lecture Series for the University of Chicago
  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • Cuz: An American Tragedy
  • 09-05-2017