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Presidential impeachment topic of annual symposium

Update | Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Free for faculty, staff, and students, 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 faculty, staff, and students. Register at this link. (Columbus State students and employees should sign up under the “General Admission Free” section.) More information is at

Picture of the poster for the event with the four presidents on it. 

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