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Ask an Expert: The January 6 Insurrection, Constitutional Processes, and the Peaceful Transition of Power

January 12, 2021

A panel of experts in political science, law and sociology will participate in an online forum, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, on Teams Live to discuss the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, our Constitutional processes and the peaceful transition of power.

The forum will allow members of the university community to learn more about what happened, its consequences and how it might impact events moving forward, said Provost Beth Ingram,  who organized the event.

The panel will be comprised of:

  • Marc Falkoff, Professor of Law
  • Rosemary Feurer, Associate Professor of History
  • Robert Jones, Professor of Law
  • Mitch Pickerill, Chair and Professor of Political Science
  • Artemus Ward, Professor of Political Science
  • Simón Weffer, Associate Professor of Sociology

The panel will address issues such as: Should the 25th Amendment be invoked? What is sedition? When is a protest really a riot? Additional questions can be submitted in advance by emailing Mia Hannon or in real time through the chat box available in Teams.

In addition to having their questions answered, participants will also gain some insight into how to conduct a civil discussion about important issues.

“One of the fundamental goals of a university education is to help people understand how to make an argument and how to support it with actual evidence,” says Ingram. “When people graduate from NIU, it is my hope that they will understand how to sort fact from fiction. This is an opportunity for our faculty to model how experts evaluate evidence and build arguments.”