Opening Remarks from W&J President
John C. Knapp and Gov. Tom Wolf

60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

Washington & Jefferson College President John C. Knapp, Ph.D., will welcome guests to the 2021 Symposium on Democracy, followed by a special message from The Hon. Tom Wolf, Ph.D., Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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The Democracy Crisis in Hong Kong:
Special Report from Nathan Law

60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

Nathan Law (Kwun-chung) joined us for last year’s Symposium on Democracy to share the story of the populist mass movement to protect democratic freedoms in Hong Kong. Since Mr. Law’s last visit to W&J, the central Chinese government in Beijing has imposed the National Security Law resulting in the elimination of basic freedoms and the…

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Leadership in Unprecedented Times

60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

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 about ensuring secure and…

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

60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

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…

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Understanding White Supremacy | Decoding the Actions of the White Power Movement

60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

The Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 was the largest deliberate mass casualty on American soil between Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Yet unlike those actions, most people don’t understand what that attack was, and what it meant. It was not the work of “lone wolves,” but rather the crescendo of a string of violent attacks perpetrated by…

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Closing Remarks from W&J President John C. Knapp

60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

Washington & Jefferson College President John C. Knapp, Ph.D., will wrap up a day of speakers and give his final message to the guests of the 2021 Symposium on Democracy.

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The Fall of Democracy in Afghanistan: First-Hand Perspectives

James David Ross Family Recreation Center 60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

The withdrawal of the United States from Kabul, Afghanistan, in August 20021 brought an end to a 20-year effort by the U.S. to establish a democratic Afghan republic.

Tolerating the Enemy Within: The Normalization of Mob Violence

James David Ross Family Recreation Center 60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

Over the course of American history, different groups have been essentially abandoned in times of social and civil difficulty, as legislators, law enforcement, and others symbolizing the guardrails of democracy have either looked the other way or, worse, contributed to the problem. This keynote will consider examples of this throughout history, including the normalization of…

Global Threats to Democracy

Allen Ballroom, Rossin Campus Center 60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

The closing session of this year’s Symposium on Democracy is entitled “Global Threats to Democracy” and will involve all attendees in an interactive exploration of the situation in the Ukraine. The 4 p.m. program in the Ballroom will begin with a virtual presentation by Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Executive Vice President of Freedom House, the leading…