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Political Violence in the US Landscape: Are We Ready?

Political Violence in the US Landscape: Are We Ready?

In our Kettering Conversations with Democracy Innovators series, we explore ways to strengthen democracy, focus on positive narratives amid democratic crisis, and consider opportunities to build upon the strengths of our diverse communities and nation to make them more inclusive and equitable.

Three years after the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, political violence remains a threat to American democracy. In this Kettering Conversations, we will engage with thought leaders for their insights into ongoing threats of political violence. What can historical patterns of political violence tell us about the current landscape? As we look ahead to the 2024 election year, what do we know about ongoing sources of political violence? What has been learned in the last three years? What is being done to prepare—and is it enough?

The program will begin with a panel discussion featuring:

Donna F. Edwards, former United States Representative for Maryland’s 4th congressional district
Alan Jenkins, professor of practice, Harvard Law School
Alex Theodoridis, associate professor of political science, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Following the panel discussion, Kelley Robinson, president of Human Rights Campaign, will share thoughts on those most threatened by political violence.

The program will conclude with a keynote conversation between Charles F. Kettering Foundation Senior Fellows:

James Comey, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Chris Matthews, broadcast journalist and political commentator

Please join us, via Zoom, on January 9 from 11 am to 2 pm EST. Register to watch this live event by January 4. Once you register, you will receive a Zoom link and calendar invite.

The program will be recorded and shared following the event.