POSTPONED :Democracy at Risk: Reckoning with the Capitol Insurrection


Thursday, January 14, 2021, 1:00pm to 2:15pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)


This event has been postponed. 

The assault at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday is cause for deep concern for all Americans, irrespective of political affiliations and preferences. Join us for a discussion on how the centuries of oppression led us to last week's insurgency and what we must do to build a more just, peaceful, and inclusive democracy. Our panelist includes Dr. Megan M. Francis, Associate Professor at the University of Washington.

This event is part of our The Fierce Urgency of Now series, featuring Black, Indigenous, People of Color scholars, activists, and community leaders, and experts from the Global South. Hosted and facilitated by Sushma Raman and Mathias Risse.


  • Megan Ming Francis | Associate Professor, University of Washington; Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

MMFDr. Megan Ming Francis is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington and previously a Visiting Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School (2019-2020). Francis was the founding co-director of the Race and Capitalism Project and a former research fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute at the NAACP-LDF. Francis specializes in the study of American politics, with broad interests in criminal punishment, Black political activism, philanthropy, and the post-civil war South. She is the author of the award winning book, Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State. Francis is a proud alumnus of Seattle Public Schools, Rice University in Houston, and Princeton University where she received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics. At the Carr Center, she will be working on her next book project How to Fund a Movement which examines the history and future of philanthropy’s complicated relationship with social movements. Francis encourages everyone to listen to the podcast created by students in her HKS course ‘Philanthropy and Social Movements’:

Virtual Event Details:
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a reminder for the livestream fifteen minutes before the event along with a link to the YouTube page where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.

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