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Eyewitness Reflections on the Capitol Insurrection, Biden Inauguration and Other Historic Events

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Plain clothes Capitol Police point their guns at rioters who had broken the glass of the main door of the House Chamber that was reinforced with a large piece of furniture at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.  The congress members were being evacuated at this time.  Shots did ring out near this door and one rioter was killed, before the assault on the police and the House Chamber was stopped.   A pro-Trump mob  broke into the U.S. Capitol causing destruction, an evacuation and at least four deaths.  After a long delay Congress certified Joe Biden's victory in the Presidential election.       Photo by Pat Benic/UPI

February 17, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EST

Pat Benic is a 1970 graduate of W&J who has served as a news photographer and photo editor/director for UPI and Reuters for more than 45 years. He was present in the House of Representatives Chamber during the insurrection of Jan. 6, and photographed the last four presidential inaugurations. Based in Asia and Europe in the 1980’s and 90’s, he photographed the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Tiananmen Square and the fall of the Berlin Wall. He will share his views of recent events and reflect on his role in chronicling history for a half century.

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February 17, 2021
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Pat Benic

For nearly 50 years Pat Benic has traveled the world as a news photographer, sports photographer, and photo director for two of the world’s leading wire services, United Press International (UPI) and Reuters.

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