On January 6, 2021, rioters supporting United States President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election stormed the United States Capitol. After breaching multiple police perimeters, they damaged, ransacked, and occupied parts of the building for several hours. The storming led to the evacuation and lockdown of the Capitol building, and it disrupted a joint session of Congress assembled to count the electoral votes and formalize Joe Biden’s election victory for President.

The rioters gathered in support of Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election had been “stolen” from him. Summoned by Trump, thousands of his supporters gathered in Washington, D.C., on January 5 and 6 to demand that Vice President Mike Pence and Congress reject Biden’s victory. On the morning of January 6, protesters assembled near the White House for a “Save America” rally. At the rally, Trump himself, Donald Trump Jr. and Rudy Giuliani among others, addressed the crowd. Trump encouraged his supporters to “fight like hell” to “take back our country” and to proceed to the US Capitol.

The speaker will provide history and context to the hostilities and siege at the US Capitol, while speculating on the broader near and long term effects on US politics, political institutions and indeed, democracy.

Speakers: Dr. John von Heyking

Dr. von Heyking has been at the University of Lethbridge since 2000. He has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, an MA and a BA in Political Science from the University of Calgary.

John specializes in political theory. He is author of Comprehensive Judgment and Absolute Selflessness: Winston Churchill on Politics as Friendship (2018), The Form of Politics: Aristotle and Plato on Friendship (2016), and Augustine and Politics as Longing in the World (2001). He has coedited numerous volumes including two volumes of the Collected Works of Eric Voegelin and, most recently, Wherefrom Does History Emerge?: Inquiries in Political Cosmogony (2020).

Date and time: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 10am MST

YouTube Live link: https://youtu.be/Y_Ld_QLUAIo

Session Video

Join SACPA on YouTube

In order to ask questions of our speaker in the chat feature of YouTube, you must have a YouTube account and be signed in. Please do so well ahead of the scheduled start time, so you’ll be ready. Go the YouTube Live link provided in this session flyer and on the top right of your browser click the “sign in” button. If you have Google or Gmail accounts, they can be used to sign in. If you don’t, click “Create Account” and follow along. Once you are signed in, you can return to the live stream and use the chat feature to ask your questions of the speaker. Remember you can only participate in the chat feature while we are livestreaming.