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Preserving Democracy: Pursuing a More Perfect Union

Thursday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m.

Follow the pursuit of democracy from the Revolutionary War through recurring cycles of civil rights progress and backlash, the 2021 Capitol riot and beyond. Explore the impact of voter rights and a civics curriculum on engaged and informed citizens.

Moving beyond the 2021 Capitol riot, Preserving Democracy: Pursuing a More Perfect Union surveys the formation of the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, and what the committee is seeking to uncover. The film looks to the present and future, including the push to educate voters on shifting voting rights rules and the role of a civics curriculum in education to engage and foster an informed citizenry.

Preserving Democracy: Pursuing a More Perfect Union features interviews with political experts, activists, journalists and historians, including Adam Kinzinger (United States Representative for Illinois’s 16th congressional district), Bill Moyers (former White House Press Secretary, journalist and political commentator), Valerie Jarrett (former Senior Advisor to the President of the United States), Janet Napolitano (former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security), Fiona Hill (Presidential Advisor and former official at the U.S. National Security Council), Robert Costa (journalist and author, Peril), Jelani Cobb (writer, author and educator), Margaret Hoover (host of PBS’ Firing Line and author), Janai Nelson (Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.), Ramesh Ponnuru (political journalist), Steven Cook (Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations), Mutale Nkonde (Founding CEO of AI For the People), Alexis Coe (Presidential Historian and New York Times bestselling author), Marcia Chatelain (historian) and Eric Foner (historian), among others.


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