WILLIAMSTOWN—Donald Ritchie, Director of the Senate Historical Office, will speak at Williams College tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Griffin Hall, Room 3.
The lecture titled “Why in the World Does the Senate Put Up with Filibusters?” is free and open to the public.
An employee at the Senate Historical Office, Ritchie conducts oral histories, readies historical documents for publication, and provides research for senators, scholars, and members of the media.
He is often a contributor on C-SPAN and NPR.
He has authored numerous books, including Press Gallery: Congress and the Washington Correspondents (Harvard University Press, 1991), which won the Richard Leopold Prize from the Organization of American Historians; Reporting from Washington: The History of the Washington Press Corps (Oxford University Press, 2005); and Electing FDR: The New Deal Campaign of 1932 (University Press of Kansas, 2007).
Ritchie has served as president of the Oral History Association and on the councils of the American Historical Association and the International Oral History Association.
Ritchie received his B.A. from the City College of New York in 1967 and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1975.
The Department of History and Leadership Studies Program at Williams College is sponsoring the event.