The Center for the Study of Democracy, Department of Political Science and School of Social Sciences present the 2013 Eckstein Lecture:

"The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy"
with Kay Lehman Schlozman, J. Joseph Moakley Endowed Professor, Boston College

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
4:00–5:30 p.m.
Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway (SBSG), Room 1517

“Who are the silent for whom the politicians claim to speak? Who are the articulate, even the clamorous, who speak themselves? Is it a problem for American democracy that some have no voice and others speak loudly and clearly? And when the voices from citizens and organizations come together, does the 'heavenly chorus,' in E.E. Schattschneider's memorable phrase, sing 'with a strong upper class accent'?” Kay Lehman Schlozman has spent much of her distinguished career answering these questions.

Schlozman received a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on citizen political participation and organized interest activity in the United States. Her latest book, The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy (with Sidney Verba and Henry Brady) was published by Princeton University Press in 2012. Her other books include Organized Interests and American Democracy (with John T. Tierney); Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics (with Sidney Verba and Henry E. Brady), which won the APSA's Philip Converse Prize and the Book Award of the American Association for Public Opinion Research; The Private Roots of Public Action: Gender, Equality, and Political Participation (with Nancy Burns and Sidney Verba), co-winner of the APSA's Schuck Prize; and Injury to Insult: Unemployment, Class and Political Response (with Sidney Verba). She has also published numerous articles in professional journals. She has served as secretary of the American Political Science Association and as chair of APSA's organized section on Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior. She is the winner of APSA's 2004 Rowman and Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching in Political Science and the 2006 Frank J. Goodnow Distinguished Service Award, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

This event is free and open to the public. For further information, please call 949-824-2904 or email

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