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Friday, March 17 • 9:45am - 10:45am
30 Years After the Waco Siege

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Thirty years ago, the Branch Davidian community was under siege at the Mount Carmel Center, just outside of Waco, Texas. This was one of the largest and most deadly conflicts between a religious group and the federal government in modern American history, and ended with the death of 86 people, half of whom were children. Three decades later, what is the legacy of this tragedy? And how has it shaped our cultural understanding of religion, extremism, and the responsibilities of our government and civic institutions?

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Sarah Ventre

Investigative Audio Journalist
Sarah Ventre is a Peabody-nominated audio journalist best known for her work as host of the award-winning podcast Unfinished: Short Creek, about a fundamentalist Mormon community on the Utah-Arizona border. As part of her reporting for Unfinished, Sarah embedded in Short Creek an... Read More →

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Catherine Wessinger

Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J. Professor of the History of Religions, Loyola University New Orleans
Catherine Wessinger is the Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J. Professor of the History of Religions at Loyola University New Orleans. She is the author of How the Millennium Comes Violently: From Jonestown to Heaven’s Gate (2000); editor of Millennialism, Persecution, and Violence: Historical... Read More →
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David Thibodeau

Survivor of the Waco Siege, Former Branch Davidian
David Thibodeau was born and raised in Bangor, Maine while spending a few years in South Portland. He is a survivor of the tragedy that unfolded at Mount Carmel near Waco, Texas 27 years ago. In February 1993, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raided David Koresh's Branch... Read More →

Friday March 17, 2023 9:45am - 10:45am EDT
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