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OSU to host panel discussion on current political climate

The panel will include experts from OSU and other universities.

Posted: Jan 20, 2021 7:01 AM
Updated: Jan 20, 2021 7:06 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University will be holding a panel on Jan. 21 to discuss the current political environment.

The panel is called "Divided States of America: Sedition, the Inauguration, and the Unfolding Crisis in American Democracy," and will include experts from OSU and other universities. The speakers will explore historical, political, and philosophical underpinnings of today's national climate, including the recent U.S. Capitol insurrection and presidential transition.

"This panel was already in planning stages before the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol Building, and that event only increased the importance of having a deeply informed conversation among experts about the conflicts and dangers surrounding the transition of presidential power," said Amy Koehlinger, an associate professor of history and religious studies in OSU's College of Liberal Arts and the moderator of the panel.

The panelists are:

  • Alison Gash, associate professor of political science at the University of Oregon
  • Sylvester Johnson, professor of religion and culture and founding director of the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities
  • Christopher McKnight Nichols, OSU associate professor of history and director of the Center for the Humanities
  • Joseph Orosco, OSU professor of philosophy
  • Christopher Stout, OSU associate professor of political science

The panel is free and open to the public and will be at 6 p.m. via Zoom. You can register here

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