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Symposium on Democracy Breakout Sessions Highlight W&J Student, Faculty Research

March 8, 2021
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Washington & Jefferson College’s fourth annual Symposium on Democracy included breakout sessions hosted by W&J’s students and faculty members.

Leadership in Unprecedented Times: Mich. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson Speaks During Symposium on Democracy

March 2, 2021
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WASHINGTON, PA (March 2, 2021)—As election officials across the country have ensured the integrity of the 2020 general election, they have faced intense political pressure and threats on their and their family members’ lives. Through all of this, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has been a thoughtful and leading voice in the national conversation …  

Understanding White Supremacy: Author and historian Kathleen Belew reviews history of the white power movement in U.S. during Symposium on Democracy

March 2, 2021
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WASHINGTON, PA (March 2, 2021)—To say we’re living in divisive times is putting it mildly. In an examination of recent history incorporating her research as a “historian of the present,” Kathleen Belew discussed the recent rise in prominence of the white power movement in the United States and the history of the fringe movement from …  

Freedom on the Net: Adrian Shahbaz Shares Global Overview of Human Rights in the Digital Age

March 2, 2021
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WASHINGTON, PA (March 2, 2021)—“Freedom on the Net – A Global Overview of Human Rights in the Digital Age” was the topic of a talk by Adrian Shahbaz, Director of Technology and Democracy at Freedom House, during Washington & Jefferson College’s fourth annual Symposium on Democracy, held Feb. 17, 2021. Shahbaz presented findings from Freedom …  

Capturing History: Symposium on Democracy speaker Pat Benic ’70 reflects on career, recalls experience at Jan. 6 insurrection

March 2, 2021
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WASHINGTON, PA (March 2, 2021)—It was supposed to have been the easy job. At least, that’s what Pat Benic ’70 thought when he went to work on Jan. 6, 2021, to photograph congress certifying the votes in the 2020 Presidential Election. On Feb. 17, Benic retold his experience from that day to a virtual audience …  

Going Underground: Nathan Law returns to W&J Symposium on Democracy to talk about Hong Kong updates, his exile, and the next steps for the Umbrella Movement

March 2, 2021
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WASHINGTON, PA (March 2, 2021)—What a difference a year makes. In his second appearance at Washington & Jefferson College’s annual Symposium on Democracy, activist Nathan Law noted some of the changes that have taken place in Hong Kong and in the world since his 2020 talk—global pandemic notwithstanding. “Last year, I came to W&J’s campus …  

Hits and Misses: 2021 Symposium on Democracy was a hit

February 19, 2021
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This year’s symposium, which happened virtually Wednesday, felt particularly pertinent in the wake of the controversies surrounding coronavirus restrictions. The college should be commended for putting together this thought-provoking forum.

W&J symposium explores issues affecting democracy here and abroad

February 18, 2021
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1 of 5Jocelyn Benson, a Peters Township native and Michigan’s top elections official, was on the receiving end of plenty of vitriol in 2020, including from President Trump, who called her a “rogue secretary…

2021 W&J Symposium on Democracy: Democracy in Times of Crisis

February 17, 2021
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The 2021 W&J Symposium on Democracy will focus on “Democracy in Times of Crisis: When Freedom and Security Collide.” Featuring keynote speakers Kathleen Belew, Pat Benic, Jocelyn Benson, Nathan Law, and Adrian Shahbaz, we will examine issues of tension between freedom and security around the world, taking a look at the violent storming of the U.S. Captiol, …