On April 26, 2021, a panel convened by the School of Arts and Sciences looked forward from the January 6 assault and probed the status of citizenship in the shadow of the assault. It examined the ways in which January 6 may strengthen and weaken American democracy.


  • Henry Olsen, senior fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center
  • Francis Rooney, former Congressman and ambassador to the Holy See
  • Michael Tomasky, editor-in-chief of The New Republic


Cara Drinan, professor of law and director of faculty research for the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America

About this speaker series

The assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, was an unprecedented moment of violence and self-destruction. Its shadow will fall across American politics for a long time to come. In this speaker series, "American Impasse: Politics, Citizenship, and Democracy in 2021," The Catholic University of America has gathered leading voices from across the political spectrum and from journalism, academia, politics, and think tanks to discuss the origins and the greater meaning of this event. They address – in turn – the social causes of the January 6 assault, the political causes, the Civil War resonance, and the implications for citizenship and the future of American democracy.

The speakers' series is sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences through the generosity of its Board of Visitors. It is co-sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement.

Published on: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Campaign Theme: Faculty Excellence

Division: School of Arts and Sciences

Tags: American Impasse, Spring Lecture Series