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Policy Pub looks at fringe groups and counter-protests

Protests have long been part of the fabric of American political and public life, and 2020 has seen the most intense and frequent street actions in many years. But a new aspect has emerged in the threat of violent counter-protest by fringe groups.

Audrey Casserleigh

“Intended Consequences: The Role of Fringe Movements in Civil Unrest” is the theme of the next virtual Policy Pub session, presented online by the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

Audrey Heffron-Casserleigh, a professor in the FSU Emergency Management and Homeland Security program, will examine the mainstreaming of domestic terror groups and fringe movements such as QAnon, the Boogaloo and Sovereign Citizen, with a look at their recent role in violent counter-protesting.

The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place:

5:30-6:30 P.M.
Register to attend at this link
(You will receive an email reply with a link to attend the webinar)

The presentation will last approximately 20 minutes, with time for audience questions and discussion to follow.

Unlike Zoom meetings where every participant is visible to all others “in the room,” the Policy Pub webinar format features a moderator and a presenter on screen, sharing visual materials related to the topic of the night. Attendees can choose to submit questions or comments through a written chat option to interact with the facilitator, speaker and other attendees.

If you missed the first Policy Pub of the semester, Dr. Alan Rowan presenting “Going Viral: Pandemics Past, Present and…” view a recording of it on our YouTube channel here.