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Symposium: Historical Significance of 2016 Presidential Election

This event will be held Thursday, January 19 from 5:00-6:30PM in the Lindsay Young Auditorium at UT Hodges Library.

Numerous commentators have asserted that the 2016 election was a “historic” event, but not many have consulted actual historians. Join us the evening before Inauguration Day as members of the Department of History offer historical perspectives on the meaning of this event and offer reflections on its potential implications for the future.

Topics will include the realities of forced removals and deportations in the past; the history of race relations during the post-Civil War “Reconstruction” era; the evolution of the Republican Party in the twentieth century; NAFTA and U.S.-Mexico relations; and the marginalization of interest groups in American political thought. The presentations will last 45 minutes to an hour, to be followed by Q&A with the audience.

Panel members include Joshua Hodge, Dr. Bob Hutton, Max Matherne, Dr. Brad Nichols, Dr. Tore Olsson, and Dr. Julie Reed.

This event is free and open to the public. We welcome all students, faculty, and other members of the UT and Knoxville communities.

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