UMass Amherst to Hold Colloquium on History of Impeachment on Nov. 2

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts history department is sponsoring a colloquium on "The Politics of Impeachment: High Crimes and Misdemeanors from 1787 to Today." The event will take place Monday, Nov. 2, in Herter Hall Room 601 at 2:30 p.m. and is free nd open to the public.

Participants in the colloquium are prominent Watergate-era journalist Edward M. Fouhy and esteemed historian Joseph J. Ellis.

Fouhy is perhaps best known as the senior Washington producer of the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite during the Watergate scandal. He graduated from UMass in 1956 and spent many years covering politics in Washington. Currently, he is founder and executive director of the Pew Center on the States, an Internet-based research and information service established to report on innovative public policy issues at the state level.

Ellis is the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College. Last year he received the National Book Award for "American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson," which explores the complexities of Jefferson’s character and analyzes the central role of Jefferson’s political philosophy in the shaping of the American experience. Ellis is also the author of a study on the second president of the United States, "Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams."