On January 6, 2021, an angry mob assaulted the United States Capitol while Congress was certifying the results of the 2020 Presidential election. They were urged on by the sitting President, who has falsely claimed that the election results were fraudulent. In this panel, UMass Amherst scholars from the departments of History, Journalism, and Political Science will help make sense of the events of January 6 by examining precedents for political violence in the US and elsewhere, political polarization, and the role of traditional and new media. There will be ample time to respond to questions from the audience.
Moderator: Jamie Rowen (Political Science)
Amel Ahmed (Political Science)
Christian Appy (History)
Kathy Roberts Forde (Journalism)
John Higginson (History)
Alexander Theodoridis (Political Science)
This event is limited to 500 attendees.