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Presidential impeachment topic of annual symposium

Student News | Monday, February 17, 2020

The third annual American Crossroads Symposium, “Impeachment: Its Past and Prospects,” will include guest speakers with keen insight on the impeachment process. Each will provide a look at one of the four cases of presidential impeachment, or near impeachment: Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump. The goal is to shed light on past events to help better understand the political fights in today’s highly polarized country.

Speakers include:

Dr. Michael Les Benedict, professor emeritus of History, Ohio State University, will speak on President Andrew Johnson.

Dr. Bob Fitrakis, professor of Political Science, Columbus State Community College, will speak on President Richard Nixon.

Dr. Nancy Kassop, professor of Political Science, The State University of New York, will speak on President Bill Clinton.

Peter Shane, Jacob E. Davis chair of Law, Moritz Law College, Ohio State University, will speak on President Donald Trump.

A roundtable discussion will be moderated by G. Matt Atkins, associate professor of History, Columbus State Community College.

The symposium will be held on Friday, February 28 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the fourth-floor ballroom in WD. A continental breakfast and light snack are included.

The program is free for Columbus State students. Register at this link. Students should sign up under the “General Admission Free” section. Please make sure you use your Columbus State email address when you register for the freet ticket.  More information is at

Picture of the poster with the four presidents being discussed at the symposium.

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