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Insurrection: How Did We Get Here?
Jan. 21, 2021

On Jan 21, we explored the political and social polarization in the U.S. with Dr. Barbara Ferman, Professor of Political Science at Temple University.


During the online event, participants had an opportunity to join in the discussion and ask questions of Dr. Ferman. 


Barbara Ferman is Professor of Political Science, author of four books, and founder and Director of the University Community Collaborative. Dr. Ferman is a specialist in urban politics, and her publications focus on political leadership, public policy, housing, and community development. Her complete bio can be found at



Data On Political Opinions

Data on Opioids:

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):

 Data on Suicide Rates:


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Data On Income Inequality

Suggested Readings

  • Eduardo Porter: American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise.

  • Ian Haney Lopez: Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism & Wrecked the Middle Class

  • James Baldwin: The Fire Next Time

  • Reverend Dr. William J. Barber: The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear

  • Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt: How Democracies Die 



Facing History and Ourselves:

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