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After the Insurrection: How to Build a More Resilient Democracy

Thu. Feb 18, 2021
12:00 — 1:00 PM CST

Virtual webinar
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After abuses of power often come opportunities for reform. The attack on the U.S. Capitol, spurred by President Trump's big lie about the election, highlights the importance of holding those responsible to account, shoring up institutional guardrails, and taking action to revitalize democracy. Impeachment, oversight, and criminal prosecution are all on the table. Landmark legislation to restore institutional checks against abuses of power, strengthen voting rights, and deter corruption are among the most urgent priorities for lawmakers in the coming months. Speaking with CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson, the co-chairs of the Brennan Center for Justice's National Task Force on Rule of Law and Democracy, Preet Bharara and Christine Todd Whitman, will join Michael Steele and Michael Waldman to discuss the reforms needed to bolster American democracy.


  • Preet Bharara, Co-Chair, National Task Force on Rule of Law and Democracy; Distinguished Scholar in Residence, NYU School of Law; Co-Host, Stay Tuned with Preet; former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York

  • Michael Steele, Former Republican National Committee Chairman; former Lt. Gov. Maryland; Host of the Michael Steele Podcast

  • Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law ; Author of The Fight to Vote;

  • Christine Todd Whitman, Co-Chair, National Task Force on Rule of Law and Democracy; President, Whitman Strategy Group; former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency; former Governor, State of New Jersey

Moderated by Nia-Malika Henderson, Senior Political Reporter, CNN

Co-presented by the Brennan Center for Justice and The New York Public Library.