An American Coup: Reflections on Trumpism and the January 6 Insurrection

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Monday, January 18th, 2021

Monday, January 18, 202112:00PM - 1:30PMOnline Event, Online Event
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On January 6, 2021, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. They vandalized the capitol building, attacked police officers, planted bombs, and threatened elected officials. So far, five people have died from this assault; at least three congresspeople have contracted Covid-19. Donald Trump and his allies in Congress and the press encouraged anti-democratic insurrection in an effort to overturn the 2020 Presidential Election. How do we make sense of this attempted coup? What are the implications of widespread suspicion and sedition for the future of American democracy? What are the origins of a right-wing authoritarianism in the United States that predates Donald Trump? How might we situate this event within histories of right-wing extremism, neoliberal austerity, mass incarceration, and America’s ‘illiberal tradition’? Julilly Kohler-Hausman (Cornell University), Russell Kazal (UTSC), Alexandra Rahr (UT), and Max Mishler (UT) will offer some initial reflections on the January 6 insurrection and engage in a dialogue before questions and comment from the audience.


Mio Otsuka


Russ Kazal
Associate Professor, History

Julilly Kohler-Hausman
Associate Professor, History, Cornell University

Max Mishler
Assistant Professor, History

Alexandra Rahr
Bissell-Heyd Lecturer, Centre for the Study of the United States

Nic Sammond
Director, Centre for the Study of the United States

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