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StraightTalk 2023 | Session I: How We Got Here: The Weakening of Democracy in America

August 29, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

$10 – $35
Collage of voters, U.S. capitol, little girl waving American flags, police in riot gear, and stop the steal sign.

What can America learn from failed democracies around the world, and what does the January 6, 2021, attempt to overturn the election portend for our future?

Join us for the first of three engaging and enlightening sessions where we examine trends that brought us to this point, the unvarnished truth of the threat to our democracy that occurred on January 6, 2021, what states are currently doing to make elections freer and fairer—or less so—and how we can move toward a healthier, more successful democracy.

Session I Speakers:

Temidayo Aganga-Williams ’08 served as senior investigative counsel for the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Mike McConnell ’66 served as director of the National Security Agency from 1992 to 1996 and U.S. director of national intelligence from 2007 to 2009.

Danielle Vinson, Ph.D., (moderator) is professor of politics and international affairs at Furman University.

More Details & Register:

Learn more about the speakers and schedule here.

Community and OLLI members must register and purchase series or session tickets. Register now by clicking here.

Furman students, faculty, and staff may attend for free.


August 29, 2023
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
$10 – $35
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McAlister Auditorium, Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, South Carolina 29613
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