March 23, 2021
  • WHAT: American Impasse: Politics, Citizenship, and Democracy in 2021
    The School of Arts and Sciences Spring Speakers’ Series 
  • WHERE: Online Event
    The event is geared toward CatholicU students, but is open to the public.  
  • DETAILS: The School of Arts and Sciences at The Catholic University of America presents their 2021 Spring Speakers’ Series, “American Impasse: Politics, Citizenship, and Democracy in 2021.”
    After the assault on the U.S. Congress on Jan. 6, 2021 -- an unprecedented moment of violence and self-destruction in American civic life -- the department gathered leading voices from government, journalism, academia, and think tanks to discuss the causes and meaning of the Capitol riot.
    The series is in four parts touching on the social causes; political causes; Civil War, race, and memory; and citizenship and the future of American Democracy.
    Registration is required. For more information on the event, please visit, HERE.
  • WHEN: March 25, noon to 1:15 p.m. 
    Social Causes of Jan. 6 
    Ross Douthat, columnist at The New York Times; Yuval Levin, director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute; Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas professor of government and sociology at Harvard University.

    April 8, noon to 1:15 p.m.
    Political Causes of Jan. 6
    Thomas Edsall, contributing op-ed writer at The New York Times; Dan McCarthy, writer and editor at Modern Age; Jonathan Rauch, senior fellow at Brookings Institute.

    April 19, 1 to 2:15 p.m.
    Civil War, Race, Memory
    Mitch Landrieu, B.A., ‘82, former Mayor of New Orleans; Eric Foner, professor emeritus of history at Columbia University; Melody Barnes, distinguished fellow at University of Virginia School of Law, and co-director of the Democracy Initiative.

    April 26, noon to 1:15 p.m.
    Citizenship and the Future of American Democracy
    Henry Olsen, columnist at The Washington Post; Michael Tomasky, editor at Democracy Journal; Laurence Francis Rooney, former ambassador and member of Congress.
    This Spring Speakers’ Series is sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences and is supported by the Board of Visitors.
  • MEDIA: 
    Media are invited to register and attend, however, we kindly ask them to allow students priority in the Q&A. For more information on the event, contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at or 202-319-5600.