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The January 6 Project: Preserving Democracy

This fall, Bennington College's Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) hosts the January 6 project, a six-week series examining the historical, cultural, and political events that led to the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.

On January 6, 2021, a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters attacked the United States Capitol with the goal of overturning Trump’s lost re-election bid. Although most Americans feared they were witnessing the crumbling of America’s democracy, others supported the attackers.

Through all of this, questions must be asked and answered on why and how the United States reached this point and how do we, as a nation, learn, teach and move forward to strengthen our democracy and institutions. Bennington College and CAPA believe it is incumbent upon American colleges and universities to take an active role in this process of strengthening our democracy.

CAPA's January 6 Project examines the historical, cultural and political events that led to the attack with the goal of understanding its causes, in all its forms, in order to shed light and expose truths for an informed citizenry to act to prevent this type of assault on democracy. 

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