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iROC: The Sacrifice of Elizabeth Eckford

Feb 14

4:00 PM5:00 PM
Kaplan Library Room 218

The Sacrifice of Elizabeth Eckford: 

Danielle Allen and María Zambrano on Democratic Citizenship

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Please be with us February 14th when Victor Azuaje, Division of Arts and Letters, will present Sacrifice of Elizabeth Eckford: Danielle Allen and María Zambrano on Democratic Citizenship.  Victor Azuaje

On September 4, 1957, the fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Eckford tried to enter the Little Rock Central High School. She faced alone a mob who threatened to lynch her. Images of these events moved the Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt to criticize both Elizabeth’s father and the representatives of the NAACP for asking the girl “to be a hero.” Against such condemnation from a mother’s point of view, the writer Ralph Ellison argued that Arendt failed to grasp an important ideal of the Southern African American culture: sacrifice.

The African American political theorist Danielle Allen has recently used Ellison’s ideas to develop a theory of citizenship that acknowledges “sacrifice to be a central feature of democratic citizenship.” Unbeknownst to Allen, a few months after the Little Rock Central High School events, the exiled Spanish philosopher María Zambrano published in Puerto Rico her book Persona y democracia: la historia sacrificial (Person and Democracy: The Sacrificial History). Zambrano’s text is a powerful and balanced critique of the idea of sacrifice in politics and history. In this talk, Dr. Azuaje will review Danielle Allen’s proposal from María Zambrano’s point of view.

Victor Azuaje is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies in MSMC's Division of Arts and Letters. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Pedagogy in from Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela, a Master of Arts in Linguistics from University of Delaware, a Master of Arts in Spanish from Temple University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish Literature from Temple University.


Sacrifice of Elizabeth Eckford: Danielle Allen and María Zambrano on Democratic Citizenship will take place in Kaplan Library Room 218 in the Dominican Center. This event has been approved FYE credit as College Connection. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!


For more information about this or any of the iROC presentations, or to volunteer as or recommend an iROC speaker, please contact the coordinators of the iROC program - Dr. Evan Merkhofer, Assistant Professor of Biology, 845-569-3368, or Jen Park, Assistant Librarian for Access and Outreach Services, 845-569-3546,

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