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Insurrection at the Capitol: A Historical Context

January 6, 2021, Congress was supposed to undertake a symbolic ritual, but it will long be remembered as a day of insurrection, protest, and sedition. How did we get here and how do we move forward?

Richard Pacelle, professor and head of the UT Department of Political Science, will discuss the insurrection at the US Capitol and provide a framework for understanding what happened. He will discuss how we got here, what the insurrection means, and what prospects we have to unify our county.

Richard Pacelle's teaching and research interests are in the field of American politics with a focus on public law and the Supreme Court. Pacelle is the author of five books and several articles and book chapters, including Decision Making by the Modern Supreme Court (2011) and The Supreme Court in a Separation of Powers System (2015). He is working on a book manuscript on the evolution of issues in the Supreme Court.

This presentation is part of the College Conversations: Allyship and Antiracism series, hosted by the UT College of Arts and Sciences.

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Thursday, January 28 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

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College of Arts and Sciences, Political Science
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