How should we talk about the riot at the US Capitol with our students?

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Although we still don’t know what the next few weeks may bring, the disturbing events of January 6th – and the continuing fallout from that day – are likely to be on many students’ minds as classes start up again. Here are a few resources that may be helpful as you think about whether and how to address the US Capitol riot in your classes:

The New York Times has created a whole page devoted to providing resources for students and teachers trying to understand the riot in its historical and political context. Although many of these resources are geared primarily toward high-school students and teachers, you’ll find a wide variety of articles and links that may be helpful for your classes too.

Political scientist Chad Raymond has compiled a set of links to articles on conspiracy theories, coups, and democracy (among other topics) geared specifically for the undergraduate level.

Although not specifically focused on the Capitol riot, the POD Network offers a set of resources for teaching in politically fraught times that may be particularly useful this spring.

Also on a more general level, Derek Bruff of the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching has a very helpful guide to leading difficult dialogues that is worth consulting if you plan to lead a discussion of the riot in class.

Finally, the Dialogue Across Difference Program here at Sewanee offers a range of resources, programming, and funding for promoting dialogue on difficult topics. Check out their website or contact Cassie Meyer for more information.

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