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The Loud Minority: Why Protests Matter in American Democracy

Thursday, September 17 | 5 PM ET | Virtual Event

Protests have been a feature of American political life since well before the Constitution’s ratification, but their tactics and effects have long been the subject of vigorous debate. Now, amid the demonstrations against police violence following the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many others, questions about the impact of protests have gained new urgency. This year’s annual celebration of Constitution Day will feature a talk on “The Loud Minority: Why Protests Matter in American Democracy” by Daniel Gillion, the Julie Beren Platt and Marc E. Platt Presidential Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Gillion has written multiple books revealing the ways that protests influence institutions, policies, voters, and parties, and his insights will help us better understand the vital role that protests play in our democracy.

The event is sponsored by the Tufts Department of Political Science, Tisch College, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the President.

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