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Polarization & Political Violence: The Truth About Terrorism in America

Thursday, January 14, 2021 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Stuart Jeffares Speaker Series presents: At Next and via Zoom 

Peter Trumbore, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science - Oakland University 

Americans are no strangers to political violence going back to our founding fathers. In 1787,
Thomas Jefferson wrote “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” This sentiment has been echoed today by those who call of an
armed overthrow of the U.S. government. Since January 2017, the percentage of Americans who say the use of violence to advance a political goal is justifi ed has soared. This reminds
us of a reality that most Americans fail to acknowledge. That the greatest threat of terrorism facing the U.S. comes not from foreign entities — but from our fellow Americans pursuing political,
social or religious goals that are embedded in our common life and experience as Americans.

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