March 8, 2021

The Commuter will host virtual forum, “The Politics of Hate,” Feb. 4

Washington, DC – January 6, 2021: Pro-Trump supporters storm the Capitol on Jan. 6 after listening to Donald Trump address them. Photo by Lev Radin.

The insurrection that occurred with the storming of the U.S. Capitol just two weeks before the inauguration of Joe Biden as 46th president of the United States underscores the deep divide in America where the opposing sides cannot even agree on the facts.

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, a sizable number of Americans believe that Biden won the election through massive voter fraud, further inflaming tensions, especially among conspiracy theorists on the far right.

A panel of NCC historians, psychologists and sociologists will unpack the causes, implications and possible future of this bitter partisan rancor at a forum titled “The Politics of Hate” at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 on Zoom.  Participating in the program are professors Brian Alnutt, Ronit Shemtov, Earl Page and Gina Turner.

Journalism professor Rob Hays will moderate the 75-minute discussion, which is sponsored by The Commuter, NCC’s student news organization.  To request a Zoom invitation, to be sent an hour before the event, email rhays@nullnorthampton.edu

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