“Watergate: Shadow of History” Screening and Discussion Presented by the Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College

By: Michael Bruckler, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

St. Mary’s City, MD- St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Center for the Study of Democracy presents a screening of “Watergate:  Shadow of History” by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Sherry Jones on Tuesday, November 19 in Cole Cinema, Campus Center on the St. Mary’s College campus. Led by Jones, the screening of the film begins at 6 p.m., followed by a discussion with William Galston, Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution’s governance studies program.  

“Watergate: Shadow of History” is an Emmy Award-winning PBS special broadcast written and produced by Jones on the 30th anniversary of the 1973 Senate Watergate hearings. In the film, the men who were there – from co-conspirators who served time in prison to the journalists who unraveled key parts of the mystery to former senators who investigated a President – tell the story as it had never been told before. 

The Baltimore Sun wrote: “This film is a fine example of television as national memory. This is television for the civic life and soul of the nation.”

Producer Jones has won eight Emmy awards, two Robert F. Kennedy awards, three Edward R. Murrow awards, and two consecutive Silver Baton awards from the American Bar Association, including for “Watergate: Shadow of History.”  She previously presented two of her films – “Torturing Democracy” (2008) and “The Missiles of October: What the World Didn’t Know” (1992) – on the College’s campus.

Galston, the author of nine books and more than 100 articles in the fields of public policy and U.S. politics, writes a weekly column for the Wall Street Journal, and frequently appears on national television as well as National Public Radio. 

“What we’re discovering is that the Constitution is not a mechanism that runs itself,” he recently told the Washington Post.  “Ultimately, we are a government of men and not law. The law has no force without people who are willing to enforce it.”

A winner of the American Political Science Association’s Hubert H. Humphrey Award, Galston was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. His most recent book is “Anti-Pluralism: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy” (Yale, 2018).

A joint project of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Historic St. Mary’s City, The Center for the Study of Democracy, directed by Antonio Ugues Jr. associate professor of political science at St. Mary’s College, explores contemporary and historical issues associated with the ideas of democracy, liberty and justice in national and international contexts. It supports research that enhances our understanding of liberal democracy and its critics. The Center facilitates activities that strengthen democracy and the rule of law; enhance security and individual freedoms; invigorate the civil society; encourage free enterprise; and increase economic, environmental, educational and cultural equity.

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