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Capitol Siege: Making Sense of What Happened

Event Details

January 14, 2021
12:00 pm-1:15 pm


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 had falsely claimed that the election results were fraudulent. 
Please join us for this special panel discussion. UMass Amherst faculty 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 U.S. and elsewhere, political polarization and the role of traditional and new media. 
Following the discussion, panelists will respond to questions from the audience. Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance through the registration form.
Jamie Rowen, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Panelists (in alphabetical order): 
Amel Ahmed, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Christian Appy, Professor, Department of History
Kathy Roberts Forde, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism
John Higginson, Professor Emeritus, Department of History
Alexander Theodoris, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science