2020 election and recent social unrest focus of virtual town hall at Miami University

Capitol building in DC with an American flag

Miami University will host a virtual public town hall discussion entitled “Democracy Under Pressure: A Discussion of Recent Events” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 27.

Registration to receive a link to the online discussion is required at

“It is important to have open dialogues like this not only to help us understand our nation’s current events but also to start moving forward together as a community,” said John P. Forren, executive director, Menard Family Center for Democracy. “As a public institution committed to serving the public good, Miami plays a vital role in getting this conversation moving forward.”

In this virtual town hall, Miami University faculty experts in political science, history, sociology and journalism will discuss the 2020 presidential election, recent post-election social unrest and the implications of these events for the future.

Panelists include John P. Forren, executive director, Menard Family Center for Democracy (moderator); Ryan Barilleaux, professor of political science; Rodney Coates, professor of global and intercultural studies/critical race and ethnic studies; Patti Gallagher Newberry, senior lecturer and journalism program coordinator; Monica Schneider, professor of political science; Susan Spellman, associate professor of history; and Anne Whitesell, assistant professor of political science.

Sponsored by the Office of the President, the Menard Family Center for Democracy and ASPIRE.

The Menard Family Center for Democracy is a joint project of Miami University’s College of Arts and Science and its College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science. 

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