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Thought on Tap: Insure Domestic Tranquility

Thought on Tap: Insure Domestic Tranquility

Thought on Tap is a public engagement series that brings together diverse panelists from the University of Nevada, Reno, and the larger Nevada community for important conversations around timely topics. The 2022-2023 season of Thought on Tap explores the American Experience, while examining concepts from the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States such as “a more perfect Union,” “the general Welfare,” and “the Blessings of Liberty.” This event will delve into the phrase “insure domestic Tranquility.”

Join Erica Roth (Deputy General Counsel to Governor Sisolak), Ignacio Montoya (Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics, UNR), and Katie Wolf (Ph.D. Student, UNR English) in a lively discussion moderated by Nasia Anam (Assistant Professor of English, UNR) on the various ways “insure domestic Tranquility” can be interpreted today. 

Some questions that will be addressed are: How did the framers imagine “tranquility” would look in the new nation of the United States? How are we as a people tasked to “insure” the tranquility of our fellow Americans now? How do we interpret the term “domestic,” both in terms of our nation-state and our individual homes and families? How does our modern government “insure” domestic tranquility through legislation? How is the concept of the “domestic” complicated by questions of gender, race, and indigeneity? 

*Cash bar open from 5 – 7:30 pm

Thought on Tap is presented by Core Humanities at the University of Nevada, Reno. Click here to learn more about upcoming programs. 



December 8, 2022 5:30 – 6:30 pm
FREE General