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Professor Justin Vaughn to Discuss Protests and Patriotism

By: Brady W Moore   Published 6:07 am / October 11, 2017

Justin Vaughn, associate professor of political science and director of the Center for Idaho History and Politics, will serve on a panel at 6:30 p.m.,Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Idaho Black History Museum.

The panel and public discussion, titled “Protest and Patriotism” will discuss NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, patriotism, NFL protests, President Trump and more. Panelists will ask, are protest and patriotism mutually exclusive? What is the history of protest in America? What is the legality of protest? Is it protected free speech? Is protest ever improper? All opinions are welcome and are to be respected.

Vaughn said the event will highlight the vital nature of the conversation surrounding how and why we protest, and how those efforts are received by those both in positions of power and on the sidelines.

“In a nation that found its start in a tax revolt, protest can be perhaps the most patriotic act there is. However, reality is typically nuanced and there are often multiple valid yet conflicting perspectives. This conversation will explore some of those perspectives in civil and challenging ways,” said Vaughn.

Due to the overwhelming turnout at the last discussion, interested attendees can reserve a seat early for $10 online at All others will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.