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Capitol Violence, Impeachment, and Our Political Future

Event date/time: 

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 4:30pm to 4:45pm


Via Zoom

Event co-sponsors: School of Public PolicyCenter for Justice, Law, and Societies

In the wake of a notorious 2020 that was dominated by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, elections, and environmental crises, many Americans looked toward 2021 with hope.  However, on January 6, 2021, an angry mob assaulted the United States Capitol while Congress was certifying the results of the 2020 Presidential election. Now, attention has turned to the legal and political significance of this historic event.  

Please join us for a special panel discussion on Feb. 11. UMass Amherst faculty from the department of Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Policy, and Sociology will explore the legal and political implications of the Capitol Siege, the impeachment and trial of former President Donald Trump, and the policy priorities that can help move the country forward. Following the discussion, panelists will respond to questions from the audience. Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance through the registration form.


  • Paul Collins, Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science
  • Alasdair Roberts, Director of the School of Public Policy & Professor of Public Policy 
  • Brian Sargent, Assistant Professor of Sociology 
  • Youngmin Yi, Assistant Professor of Sociology 
  • Dean Robinson, Associate Professor of Political Science 


  • Jamie Rowen, Director Center for Justice, Law, and Societies & Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science 
  • David Mednicoff, Chair of the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies & Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Public Policy. 




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