Eisenhower Institute News Latest news coverage for the Eisenhower Institute Joseph Recupero ’17 shares reflections on studying in Mongolia http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=2e585341-22ae-4145-bed3-d42258f29cb1&pageTitle=Joseph+Recupero+%E2%80%9917+shares+reflections+on+studying+in+Mongolia http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=2e585341-22ae-4145-bed3-d42258f29cb1&pageTitle=Joseph+Recupero+%E2%80%9917+shares+reflections+on+studying+in+Mongolia (Note: Joseph Recupero '17 is a current participant in the Institute's 2016-2017 Strategy and Leadership in Transformational Times program.)

“To get there, it took me a 10 hour drive one day, a 15 hour drive the next day, and then two days on a horse on a wooden saddle in -35° weather,” recalled Joseph Recupero ’17. He was on his way to interview Tsaatan reindeer herders for his independent research through the School for International Training program in Mongolia, where he studied abroad.

“The last month of the program, you complete independent research,” said Recupero, a Political Science and Anthropology major and Africana Studies minor. “My project was on culture commodification in the Mongolian tourism industry and the motivating factors behind why tourism is moving into the area.”

There are two regions where the Tsaatan herders have lived and worked for thousands of years: the East Taiga and West Taiga in northern Mongolia. While completing his background research, Recupero discovered that a movie released in the 1980s had impacted the traditions of reindeer herders who lived in the East Taiga. They changed their antler carving traditions to match the movie’s so they could appeal to tourists. Recupero decided to interview reindeer herders in West Taiga to see if this was also true of that region—thus the long journey by horseback.

Recupero studied abroad in Costa Rica previously and enjoyed the process of conducting research internationally. Originally, he hadn't considered traveling to Mongolia, but learned from the Center for Global Education that the program focused on nomadism, geopolitics, and the environment—areas in which Recupero was interested. It ended up being a good fit. Mongolia would provide Recupero with additional opportunities to hone the skills he knew he would need to pursue his Ph.D.

In addition to interviewing the Tsaatan reindeer herders, Recupero conducted ethnographic research with the Kazakh eagle-hunters in Western Mongolia and conducted interviews in Ulaanbaatar with tourism officials.

In his voice: field notes

During his time in Mongolia, Recupero kept field notes of his experiences and personal reflections. Below are a few snippets from his research journal.

  • “When you are standing on top of the world, you realize you are quite small and it is quite large and you are a part of something so much grander than yourself." -Standing atop mountains in Bayan Olgii, western Mongolia and thinking about my place in the world
  • "I'm slowly learning that anthropology is not about speaking for people, it is about allowing them to speak through you." -Reflection on interviews with Tsaatan reindeer herders
  • "I have no idea what is going to come of this research, but I know one thing, it was one hell of a ride." -Finishing my paper and reflecting on the research experience
  • "You may be sitting around waiting for the world, but it surely isn't waiting around for you. Better get out there and take in everything it has to show you." -Giving myself a little motivation about traveling on my own across Russia

“The program helped me to plan everything, but I created my research design, worked on finding contacts, and scheduled my interviews and everything by myself,” he said. “That helped prepare me for doing capstone work this year and then dissertation work down the road.”

Recupero became interested in anthropology while he was still in high school, after a family friend suggested he research the field. It wasn’t until Gettysburg, however, that he would learn he had a knack for teaching and a desire to pursue a Ph.D.

“While graduate school has been in the back of my mind at Gettysburg, I think it was only after being able to do hands-on research, give presentations, and get my work published that I knew research and academia was the road I wanted to go down,” Recupero said.

“And it’s been nice being able to do research here, because I can also incorporate my political science background and my Africana studies minor into my work. In some anthropological research, you work in isolation and with just one group of people. I am very interested in that, but I’m also very interested in studying how larger trends affect multiple groups of people throughout a country or a region and I can pool all of my majors together to do that. Anthropology as a field is also moving in that direction, so I’ll be prepared for graduate school.”

During his time at Gettysburg, Recupero has published several papers, including the research he conducted in Mongolia. (If you’re curious, he learned the reindeer herders in the West Taiga were not impacted by the movie and tourists like the herders in the East Taiga.) He also had the opportunity to present his overall findings to an audience of professors and administrators in the Ministry of Tourism.

In his last year at Gettysburg, Recupero hopes to learn more about the field of political anthropology—how political decisions and policies are made and how they affect people at the local level. Then, it’s off to graduate school.

“I think there’s so much in the world to see and explore and learn about, and my majors and experiences allow me to do that,” said Recupero. “That’s also why I want to go into academia and teaching, because it’s one thing to have experiences—it’s another to share them and be able to educate people through them. It takes the work a step beyond.”

More about Recupero

  • He’s the diversity chair of the Sigma Chi-Gettysburg chapter.
  • You can spot Recupero giving tours on campus as an admissions tour guide.
  • He was a triple jumper and long jumper in Track and Field before suffering an injury.
  • He is a member of Friend or FOE, and helped organize a vigil remembering the victims of the Orlando shooting this past June.

Click here to view the original article on the Gettysburg College website.

Contact: Carina Sitkus, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Wed, 4 Jan 2017



Wed, 04 Jan 2017 04:31:49 EST
Passion to act: Micaela Edelson ’17 gives voice to environmental issues http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=ca9c3c05-c86a-4058-b139-aed7abd9e5f6&pageTitle=Passion+to+act%3A+Micaela+Edelson+%E2%80%9917+gives+voice+to+environmental+issues http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=ca9c3c05-c86a-4058-b139-aed7abd9e5f6&pageTitle=Passion+to+act%3A+Micaela+Edelson+%E2%80%9917+gives+voice+to+environmental+issues (Note: Micaela Edelson '17 is an alumna of Inside Politics, Environmental Leadership, and Inside the Middle East.)

A week before the U.S. Army Corps denied an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, Micaela Edelson ’17 used the issue as an example of why she wants to enter a career in environmental justice. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe argued that the oil pipeline would dishonor its spiritual land and contaminate its water source, and after months of protests, the pipeline will now be rerouted.

“Political capacity is important—without people advocating on behalf of an issue, it simply isn’t heard,” Edelson said.  The Dakota Access oil pipeline is, on the other hand, an example of how a group of people who are passionate about an issue—and speak up—can change the course of events.

Edelson plans to devote her career to advocating for environmental justice for those who cannot or may not have the capacity to speak up. As an environmental studies  and public policy double major, with minors in political science and peace and justice studies, she has spent her time at Gettysburg learning more about environmental issues and completing internships that have allowed her to pursue policy research. In her junior year, she was awarded a prestigious $50,000 Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship from The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct research on the potential risks faced by agricultural migrant workers exposed to pesticides—a project she is completing this year as her senior honors thesis project.   

“I’ve been interested in social justice and environmental studies for a while,” said Edelson, “so [environmental justice] is a connection that just makes sense.” 

According to Farmworker Justice, a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve working conditions for migrant and seasonal farmworkers, the risk of pesticide exposure can be at levels that are hundreds of times greater for farmworkers than consumers, yet sometimes adequate protection isn’t provided.  Edelson said it’s difficult to measure exposure level directly, so she’s focusing on how a sample size of workers in Pennsylvania’s Adams County perceives the impact of pesticides on health. 

“Ideally, I want to compare their perception of risk, and actual risk,” said Edelson.

By the end of the project, Edelson will summarize her findings and provide recommendations to policy-makers about how to enforce safer work environments. With guidance from her internship supervisor and honors thesis supervisor, environmental studies Prof. Salma Monani, and based off of previous perception studies, Edelson designed a survey. In September and October, she spent four hours every day, three to four times a week, interviewing migrant farm workers, using a connection she made through the Center for Public Service (CPS) with the Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12 Migrant Education Programs. So far, the responses do not indicate that the workers feel unsafe. Edelson plans to interview farm owners in January.

“Micaela is a very motivated student.  I’m so impressed by the way she took initiative to apply for the EPA-GRO grant,” said Monani. "Her research is important as it provides the first such study on pesticide risk for migrant farmworkers in Adams County.  We hope to be able to publish her research findings in a peer reviewed journal and share it with the local community.”

As another component of the fellowship, Edelson, who is originally from Oregon, completed a summer internship in Seattle, Washington, at the EPA. There, she was responsible for identifying communities where environmental health risks were disproportionally impacting low-income and minority communities. She provided recommendations to the EPA for local community and environmental organizations they could reach out to, about potential grant opportunities.

Why environmental justice?

Edelson first became interested in environmental justice after taking an environmental humanities course as a sophomore.  She learned about a chemical company that had buried waste under an elementary school and was making children sick. The town advocated to rectify the situation; other case studies involving minority communities were not as effective in their advocacy. Edelson was struck by the disparity.

“Policy making should actively seek out marginalized voices,” said Edelson. “If someone is working two or three jobs, they can’t step out of their job to attend a public meeting. Or have time to protest. Your health is the one thing that you have, but you may not have control over it if you were born into a certain social status.”

Complementing her interest in environmental justice, Edelson has also used her Gettysburg connections to get involved in advocacy in other areas—a recurring theme is food.

“My sophomore year, I led a CPS immersion project to Philadelphia that focused on urban food justice and Judaism. While we were there we were introduced to an organization called Challah for Hunger, which addresses food access issues by selling Challah.” Edelson, who is the current president of Hillel, brought the idea back to campus. She helped establish a partnership with South Central Community Action Programs (SCCAP), which has a program for teaching adults employable skills. Students make the dough; clients at SCCAP bake the bread.

“In the first three semesters, the program raised $3,900,” said Edelson. “We donate the proceeds to Campus Kitchen, and the other half to an international organization that addresses food insecurity for people of all faiths.”

After graduation from Gettysburg, Edelson envisions working at a nonprofit related to advocacy work or environmental justice, using her broad experiences to make connections.

“Each experience provides its own set of knowledge,” said Edelson. “I appreciate the diversity of knowledge and experiences—I think that will help me have a more comprehensive outlook on everything.”

Click here to view the original article on the Gettysburg College website.

Contact: Carina Sitkus, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Photos on campus by Miranda Harple

Posted: Tue, 13 Dec 2016


Wed, 04 Jan 2017 04:31:24 EST
What Nikita La Cruz ’13 learned at Gettysburg—and how it could impact Guyana http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=c8933458-1620-4947-83ed-0c2d4159d92a&pageTitle=What+Nikita+La+Cruz+%E2%80%9913+learned+at+Gettysburg%E2%80%94and+how+it+could+impact+Guyana http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=c8933458-1620-4947-83ed-0c2d4159d92a&pageTitle=What+Nikita+La+Cruz+%E2%80%9913+learned+at+Gettysburg%E2%80%94and+how+it+could+impact+Guyana (Note: Nikita La Cruz '13 is an alumna of the Institute's Environmental Leadership program)

Guyana is the third-smallest independent state on the mainland of South America. About 83 percent of the country is covered by tropical rain forests, and there is an abundance of gold, minerals and precious stones—but many of those resources potentially remain untapped.

This is one of the reasons why Nikita La Cruz ’13, who is originally from Guyana, is pursuing a career as an economic geologist/geochemist. The job of an economic geologist is to identify earth materials that can be used for economic purposes.

“Guyana is a country where access to the basic things people need, like education and healthcare, is limited—I think that using our mineral resources and discovering new ones can help [provide the economic support needed],” said La Cruz.

The Chemistry and Environmental Studies double major was attracted to Gettysburg by the offer of a scholarship and the opportunity to study at a competitive liberal arts college in the United States. Post-Gettysburg, she continued her studies, receiving her master’s at the University of South Florida, and is currently a second year student in the economic geology Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan. Only three years after graduating from Gettysburg, her research was cited in NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine. Once she’s earned her Ph.D., La Cruz plans to return home to Guyana to fill what she says is a tremendous need for geochemists who have the skills to assist in cataloging the country’s existing mineral deposits and discovering new ones.

“Right now our mining industry focusses on gold, bauxite and diamonds, but I think there are opportunities to explore for and discover other types of deposits,” said La Cruz. “The only geological reports we get are from mining companies that go into Guyana looking for specific minerals. Using geochemistry and geophysics, we should hopefully be able to get a better idea of whether or not there are other minerals that are present below the dense jungle cover.”

Geochemistry encompasses the study of Earth’s composition, and the geochemist’s job is to use his or her knowledge of Earth’s structure and geological processes to make informed research decisions that may have practical industrial applications. La Cruz’s area of focus is the formation of ore deposits. She seeks to understand the processes that cause economically and industrially important elements, like gold, iron, copper and the rare earths, to be concentrated into very small regions of the earth’s crust.  

“If we understand ore deposits well, we know what to look for when we go out in the field, and this can be used to give people an idea of what to expect when they go to places where it’s likely that these processes could have occurred,” said La Cruz. So instead of cutting down forests to look for gold or other minerals, miners—with the help of the economic geologists—can be more intentional about where they mine, using these clues to make smart decisions about where profitable resources are likely to be found. The goal is to preserve biodiversity while still exploring for minerals.

A hat tip from NASA

La Cruz became interested in the synthesis of minerals while taking Prof. Joseph Grzybowski’s inorganic chemistry class during her senior year at Gettysburg and chose the University of South Florida master’s program for the opportunity to do that work. There, she conducted research funded by the Center for Chemical Evolution and NASA to investigate the chemical evolution of life on Earth.

“The thought is that there had to be chemical evolution before biological evolution,” said La Cruz.

La Cruz and fellow researchers set out to discover the origin of phosphorus, a chemical element that is important for many reasons, including serving as the backbone of the nucleotides that make up RNA and DNA and the building block for the structure of cell membranes.

Scientists believe that meteorites are a plausible source of phosphorus since they contain a phosphorus-bearing mineral called schreibersite. So, as part of their project, La Cruz and a colleague showed how a synthesized form of schreibersite—which mimics the iron nickel phosphide mineral found in iron meteorites—reacts when exposed to water. As the water evaporates, phosphorus-oxygen bonds form on the surface of the schreibersite. The finding is significant because it supports the hypothesis that meteorites could be responsible for bringing phosphorus to Earth.

“When I was getting involved in the project, I had no idea how many people were interested [in the research project],” said La Cruz. Her master’s advisor encouraged her to write a paper about her findings. That published paper is what would later get picked up by Astrobiology Magazine and earn her a prestigious thesis award from the University of South Florida.  

“My parents taught me to do my best without thinking about whether I would be rewarded for my actions,” said La Cruz. “I never set out to do something to be recognized. I just always work hard and do what needs to be done,  but it was nice to be recognized for my hard work.”

A love of rocks

La Cruz attributes what she calls her “love of rocks” to taking Environmental Studies Prof. Sarah Principato’s earth systems science class as an undergraduate. Her senior capstone project combined her environmental studies and chemistry coursework, focusing on measuring the amount of lead in soil, which she then mapped using Geographic Information Systems—a skill that is useful to her work as an economic geologist.

“That was my first research experience and good preparation,” said La Cruz. “Coming from a small country, the education I received at Gettysburg was world class. The combination of theoretical and hands on learning prepared me very well for moving into geology, conducting independent research, and developing the skills I needed to perform well in graduate school. I am very grateful for the funding Gettysburg provided, my professors, my family and friends and everyone who helped me along the way.”

Click here to view the original article on the Gettysburg College website. 

Contact: Carina Sitkus, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Fri, 9 Dec 2016


Wed, 04 Jan 2017 04:32:44 EST
Students learn value of internship abroad through Shanghai program http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=53699b49-34cf-46d2-9f8b-41d55fe1ee66&pageTitle=Students+learn+value+of+internship+abroad+through+Shanghai+program http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=53699b49-34cf-46d2-9f8b-41d55fe1ee66&pageTitle=Students+learn+value+of+internship+abroad+through+Shanghai+program (Note: Phoebe Do '17 is an alumna of the Institute's Women in Leadership program.)

Standing in the middle of Shanghai’s energetic and buzzing financial district, the connection to business is a natural one to make. To succeed in the increasingly interconnected global business world requires an understanding of different cultures and languages as well as experiences that mirror the real world.

Gettysburg College is preparing students to navigate the global marketplace by providing valuable connections to internships, opportunities to study globally, and ultimately—through support of Gettysburg Great: The Campaign for Our College—the transformation of Plank Gym into a state-of-the-art global center.

One of the College’s Affiliated Global Study programs, CET Shanghai, allows students to combine coursework in Chinese language and electives focusing on East Asia. This is one of the many programs available to students at Gettysburg College, which is currently second in the nation for its mid-length study abroad experiences, according to the 2016 Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange released by The Institute of International Education (IIE)

“The amazing thing about the internships with this program is that the internship supervisors are all incredibly accomplished business people and really take an interest in developing the students’ skills,” said Dan Albertson, Associate Director of the Center for Global Education.

The program also offers connections to a variety of fields, including media, STEM, history, law, education, sports, philanthropy, and music.

Read more about the experiences of three students: Phoebe Do ’17, Shahn Savino ’18 and James Arps ’18.

Phobe Do '17Phoebe Do

Globalization Studies and Mathematical Economics double major

Do, who will graduate this May, recently signed a contract with Deloitte in New York to become a consultant. While she was abroad in Shanghai, she interned at Morgan Stanley in the Information Technology Department where she was given a project that involved extensive coding. She had no prior computer science experience, so she learned this skill in a completely new work culture with the guidance of a mentor.

“I always cite this internship as the proof that with my liberal arts education, I will be able to tackle any challenge at hand and work with anyone, regardless of the background,” said Do. “My experience in Shanghai was a period of time when I challenged all the things that I have learned to be norms, met the people that were totally different from me, and undertook adventure that I was not aware of.”

Do is currently studying in Egypt, but her goal is to return to Shanghai eventually due to her career, linguistic strength, and connections to China.

Shahn Savino ’18

International Affairs and East Asian Studies (Chinese track) double major

Savino was abroad in Shanghai with CET currently, and he completed an internship at Allison+Partners, a strategic public relations firm in the Changning District of Shanghai. His responsibilities included the translation of documents and writing of creative content while using his interest in Asian culture and Chinese language that he developed in high school.

“My last translation was on lung cancer and minimally invasive procedures,” said Savino. “The translations are the most fun and valuable thing that I do because they require me to not only learn new vocabulary, but it also really requires me to learn the nuances of both the Chinese and English languages.”

There is nothing more interesting to Savino than international political economy and learning about the political and economic reasons behind the interactions between countries.

“Being exposed to so many different viewpoints, ideologies, and lifestyles really forces me to think about simple things that I often overlook,” said Savino. “This has truly been a transformational experience.”

James Arps ’18

Computer Science and Mathematics double major

Arps was abroad in Shanghai with CET currently, and he interned at ViewFin Digital Assets, a blockchain technology firm specializing in digital asset solutions. High school and college level Chinese courses spurred Arps’s interest to pursue a semester in Shanghai, and he has progressed in his knowledge of mathematics and computer science through his internship abroad. ViewFin is a part of a technology industry that focuses on new financial technology along with in-depth encryption techniques and applications.

“It's easy to look at the abstract of a paper and just gloss over the results, but the experiences I gained in my Gettysburg courses are what motivates me to get out a pen and paper and spend an hour or two getting to the heart of what those results actually mean,” said Arps.

Click here to view the original article on the Gettysburg College website.

Article by Andy Milone ’18, communications and marketing intern

Photo of Phoebe Do by David Zabriskie

Contact: Carina Sitkus, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Tue, 27 Dec 2016


Wed, 04 Jan 2017 04:32:17 EST
Student Spotlight: Marley Dizney Swanson '18 http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=a135bbdd-0f2d-4f37-a483-686bce892fa2&pageTitle=Student+Spotlight%3A+Marley+Dizney+Swanson+%2718 http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=a135bbdd-0f2d-4f37-a483-686bce892fa2&pageTitle=Student+Spotlight%3A+Marley+Dizney+Swanson+%2718 Marley Dizney Swanson ’18 studies immigration in Cuba and around the world

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, in a predominantly Hispanic community, Marley Dizney Swanson ’18 saw the effects of immigration policies firsthand. Her classmates’ experiences in elementary school sparked a lifelong focus to change immigration policy in the United States. And at Gettysburg, she has been able to pursue experiences that will help her accomplish that goal.

When it was time for the college search, Dizney Swanson knew she wanted to be close to Washington, D.C., major in Political Science, and have a liberal arts experience.

She was convinced that Gettysburg was the right place for her after meeting Eisenhower Institute Executive Director Jeffrey Blavatt. She participated in an overnight visit that solidified her decision—with student Maja Thomas ’17—who is one of her friends today.

Dizney Swanson, a Political Science and Public Policy major, has co-founded and served as president of the Model Arab League (MAL), earned a prestigious Critical Language Scholarship to spend a summer in Turkey immersing herself in the Turkish language and culture, led an immersion project through the Center of Public Service about immigration to the U.S.-Mexican border, and participated in the Eisenhower Institute’s Inside Politics program with Kasey Pipes. She’s also been an active member in Model United Nations (MUN). 

In the spring of 2016, she studied abroad in Cuba through the IFSA-Butler program, where she enrolled in classes at the University of Havana. All of her classes were taught in Spanish.

“Being a political science major and with the normalization process going on right now, there’s not a more exciting place in the world for me to be,” Dizney Swanson said. “I’ve never been to a country that the U.S. has so much negative history with, and it changed the way I think about immigration and politics.”

Dizney Swanson was able to see the real effects of the policies that have been enacted over the years and found many Cubans were eager to speak about politics with her. She was in Cuba when President Obama visited as well as when the Major Lazer and Rolling Stones concerts took place.

“President Obama’s visit only catalyzed more talk about political change in the country in terms of freedom of speech and leadership," she said. "Cubans are anxious to see what becomes of the Cuban government in 2018 when Raúl Castro has promised to step down.”

While in Cuba, Dizney Swanson had the opportunity to participate in an international branch of MUN. In HAVMUN, she served as a member of the Disarmament and International Security Council, with students from Mexico, Germany, and Cuba.

“The committee was just as competitive as the conferences I’ve attended in the North American circuit; they are incredibly knowledgeable in this field,” said Dizney Swanson. She will be participating in the London School of Economic’s MUN conference’s committee on the Cuban Revolution in the spring with Gettysburg’s MUN team.

Dizney Swanson took the opportunity to work on her thesis while in Cuba and earned an International Bridge Course scholarship to pursue the research.

“My thesis is about how the Castro brothers have and continue to use the legacy of Jose Martí (the leader of the revolution who is revered as a national hero), in order to further their own political agenda,” she said.

Through her research, Dizney Swanson analyzed speeches and learned more about the political system and revolution in her classes at the University of Havana.

Dizney Swanson will be participating in the Eisenhower Institute’s Inside the Middle East program in the spring. In the future, she plans to be active in immigration reform and work in immigration law.

Click here to view the original article on the Gettysburg College website.

Contact: Shawna Sherrell, associate director of creative services, 717.337.6812

Posted: Tue, 22 Nov 2016


Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:51:54 EST
Post-Election Panel Provides Reflections & Challenges http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=8295dc3c-770c-4d01-b7ed-544a03d466ac&pageTitle=Post-Election+Panel+Provides+Reflections+%26+Challenges http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=8295dc3c-770c-4d01-b7ed-544a03d466ac&pageTitle=Post-Election+Panel+Provides+Reflections+%26+Challenges Post-election 2016, professors encourage campus community to get out of the bubble

“There is value in trying to reflect, and this is what Gettysburg College is about,” Prof. Michael Birkner '72 P'10 said to students, faculty, and administrators gathered in the College’s Joseph Theater during a panel hosted by the Eisenhower Institute on Thursday, November 17, as part of the EI Discussions series.

Associate Provost Robert Bohrer facilitated the conversation with Gettysburg College Profs. Michael Birkner, Chipo Dendere, Bruce Larson, Shirley Anne Warshaw, and Charles Weise. The aim of the 90-minute panel was to investigate the election outcome, foster positive discussion, and bring together members of the campus community after what many have viewed as a divisive political season.

The panelists largely agreed that the economy was a focal point in the election—and an issue on which political scientists and forecasters alike did not focus enough attention when making predictions.

“If there’s one [main result] that comes out of the election in economic terms, it’s a visceral awareness that there is real pain within the middle class,” offered Weise, an economics professor.

Warshaw, a political science professor, pointed out the ways in which President-elect Donald Trump was able to address this issue: “The bottom line is that the Republican candidate may have said some [contentious remarks], the Republican candidate may have done some [controversial actions], but the bottom line is that he won the economic argument.”

Another central feature of the discussion was partisanship. Political Science Prof. Larson highlighted the continued division of Congress and the ideological split over the past 40 years, to which substantial gridlock and unexecuted policy agendas can be attributed.

“We see polarized districts, polarized states, and what that does is completely polarizes the whole system,” Larson said.

“That’s a problem when you surround yourself with people who only think like you,” Africana Studies Prof. Dendere offered. “I think a lot of us are in a bubble we self-select.”

Offering hope for the future, Dendere said there are greater opportunities post-election for Americans to engage in conversation with one another. 

Birkner advised members of the audience to engage with differing political views and to read news far outside their ideology to cross-reference beliefs.

“This is the challenge. I don’t care how you access the information: get out of the bubble,” he said. “If your side has the facts wrong, Democrat or Republican, accept that they have the facts wrong. Go where the facts are. You will gravitate, not to perfect agreement, but to points of agreement.”

Click here to view additional photos from this panel discussion.

Click here to view the original article on the Gettysburg College website.

Article by Maja Thomas ’17, The Eisenhower Institute Campus Communications Team

Photos by Charlotte Scheper '17, communications & marketing photo intern

Contact: Carina Sitkus, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Fri, 18 Nov 2016

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:45:52 EST
We Want You...Or Do We? A Panel on Refugees & Asylees http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=9a25c229-9b6a-403b-a97a-4c5d4772a3e7&pageTitle=We+Want+You...Or+Do+We%3F+A+Panel+on+Refugees+%26+Asylees http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=9a25c229-9b6a-403b-a97a-4c5d4772a3e7&pageTitle=We+Want+You...Or+Do+We%3F+A+Panel+on+Refugees+%26+Asylees Eisenhower Institute hosts panel on refugee policy

By Ben Pontz, Event Coverage Director, The Gettysburgian

The Eisenhower Institute hosted its second panel of the week on Thursday, November 3, in a forum produced by its Undergraduate Fellows on refugee policy around the world and specifically in the United States. Each year the Undergraduate Fellows, supervised by Professor Shirley Warshaw, study a different public policy issue; this year’s issue is refugees. Earlier in the fall, the fellows traveled to Dublin, Ireland, to study refugee policy there.

As for Thursday’s program, three panelists spoke “off the record” to ensure maximum candor throughout the discussion. The panelists were:

Jedidah Hussey, the Director of the Arlington Asylum Office, a program of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through the Department of Homeland Security. Hussey spoke broadly about the various types of refugees and ways they enter the United States as well as the screening process.

James Simpson, an investigative journalist, author and former government official who currently writes for various conservative media outlets including Breitbart and The Washington Times and the author of a book entitled The Red-Green Axis: Refugees, Immigration, and the Agenda To Erase America. Simpson shared results of his research and conversations that he has had with local officials across the country in his advocacy for a moratorium on refugee placement in the United States.

Bill Frelick, the Director of Refugee Rights for Human Rights Watch, a non-governmental organization watchdog for instances of human rights violations around the world. Frelick shared insights from his experiences traveling the world to speak to refugees and hearing testimonies that are, in many cases, disturbing. He also sought to counter the notion that the refugee resettlement process is likely to harbor terrorists.

Moderated by Undergraduate Fellows Gregory Dachille ’17 and Lynn Hatcher ’17, the panel lasted 90 minutes; many audience questions went unanswered due to a lack of time. More than 100 students filled CUB 260 for the final fall panel of 2016 hosted by the Eisenhower Institute.

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EI Undergraduate Fellows Refugee Policy Panel

This article originally appeared in The Gettysburgian on November 8, 2016. Reprinted with permission; click to view the original article.

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 04:22:51 EST
Fielding Fellows Discuss Swing Voters http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=79c95507-9c51-4565-aba6-e2ccbd7df847&pageTitle=Fielding+Fellows+Discuss+Swing+Voters http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=79c95507-9c51-4565-aba6-e2ccbd7df847&pageTitle=Fielding+Fellows+Discuss+Swing+Voters Eisenhower Institute holds Fielding Fellows panel

By Ben Pontz, Events Coverage Coordinator, The Gettysburgian

Joseph Theater could barely contain the excitement in the room. By the 7:30 p.m. start time, there were few open seats at the Eisenhower Institute’s first panel of the year, titled “Policy or Personality: The Key to Swing Voters,” which was held Tuesday, Oct. 4.  Featuring three panelists from the world of politics, an hour long panel discussion was followed by a half-hour question and answer session on issues pertaining to the upcoming election.

The panelists were: Alexis Simendinger, an experienced Washington journalist presently serving as the White House Correspondent for RealClearPolitics, who shared her experiences covering the past several presidential administrations and called this “an election unlike anything we’ve ever seen.”

John Baer, a political columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News who has won numerous statewide and national awards for political journalism. He provided insight on campaign strategy, the news cycle and political polarization.

Kat Atwater, a 2007 Gettysburg alumna who serves as the chief of staff of BlueLabs, a firm that focuses on polling, fundraising and communication. She discussed issues that drive voters to the polls, turnout and political advertisements.

The panel was conducted “off the record” to allow panelists to speak more freely about issues pertaining to the upcoming election and share uncensored opinions. Two Fielding Fellows, seniors Mariam Aghayan and Taylor Beck, moderated the discussion and the ensuing question and answer session. Topics of discussion included the enthusiasm gap between supporters of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the perception that Clinton’s election is inevitable and how that can hurt her and the potential for a close election decided by voter turnout. First-year Elay Echavarria said of the panel, “I definitely was introduced to some new ideas I wasn’t thinking about before, particularly when they were talking about whether this would be a high voter turnout or low voter turnout election.”

At about 8:50 the discussion was promptly adjourned to allow the political junkies in the room to go watch the vice presidential debate.

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Fielding Fellows Oct. 4 2016 Panel

This article originally appeared in The Gettysburgian on October 8, 2016. Reprinted with permission; click to view the original article.

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 03:56:56 EST
Fielding Fellows Discuss Clinton & Trump Prior to Election http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=c25e845d-2342-4479-8565-88d38289d38c&pageTitle=Fielding+Fellows+Discuss+Clinton+%26+Trump+Prior+to+Election http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=c25e845d-2342-4479-8565-88d38289d38c&pageTitle=Fielding+Fellows+Discuss+Clinton+%26+Trump+Prior+to+Election Eisenhower Institute Fielding Fellows discuss what Trump, Clinton stand for

By Jeremy Porter, Contributing Writer, The Gettysburgian

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, the Eisenhower Institute’s fellows of the Fielding Center for Presidential Leadership Study hosted a discussion entitled “Trump vs. Clinton: What do they really stand for?” The discussion was moderated by Fielding Fellows Taylor Beck ’17 and Rachel Haskins ’17 and featured commentary about the presidential candidates from three expert panelists: Carl Cannon, David Shribman, and Christopher Weyant ’89. Cannon is the Executive Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of RealClearPolitics. He was a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics and has covered every presidential campaign since 1984. Shribman is currently the executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and has served as the national political correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, and studied at Dartmouth College and Cambridge University in England. Weyant is a cartoonist for The New Yorker whose works have been published in hundreds of magazines and newspapers worldwide. A Gettysburg graduate with degrees in political science and economics, Weyant is a published children’s book illustrator and a Harvard Nieman Fellow.

The discussion was divided into two sections, broken up by a brief intermission during which a sample of Weyant’s cartoons was displayed on the projection screen. The first section consisted of discussion questions generated by the Fielding fellows. When asked if they thought that Clinton and Trump were catering to party lines rather than adhering to their own beliefs, the panelists agreed that it is difficult to determine what party lines are because of demographic changes in voting records (i.e. blue collar workers voting more Republican). They also explained how some of the biggest issues of this election have been about proper courtesy, language and behavior rather than concrete issues or plans, leaving many voters in the dark about Clinton’s and Trump’s actual political beliefs. Not since the days of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the panelists said, has there been such a large emphasis on moral issues in a national election. Therefore, it is a tricky question to answer even for political experts. One of the biggest questions of the night was whether widespread distrust of Clinton and Trump is justifiable or exaggerated by political rhetoric. The panelists admitted that the distrust is largely justifiable and that the candidates’ actions have rightfully raised concern amongst voters. Regarding Trump, they explained how he has, on multiple occasions, been caught contradicting himself (i.e. falsely claiming he met Vladimir Putin; his confusingly varied stances on abortion in the past). They also explained how his involvement with controversial business ventures such as Trump University has added to voter distrust. The panelists then discussed how Clinton has her fair share of controversy, from the e-mail scandal to the Goldman Sachs speech (and suspected ties to Wall Street) to Huma Abedin and the Clinton Foundation, all of which have led some voters to lose faith in her and question her progressivism.

During the second half of the discussion, the panelists answered a few questions from audience members. When asked what the candidates must do in order to ameliorate the current political turmoil brought on by the election, they said, in essence, that the candidates must stick to their fundamental ideas and not get bogged down by the kind of controversy and questionable activity that has plagued the campaign season. Naturally, no matter who wins, a large portion of Americans will not agree with these views. However, the panelists agreed that national stability after such a wild election is essential. One student asked whether the recent resurgence in the FBI investigation of Clinton’s emails will have a significant effect on the election next week. Another question raised towards the end of the discussion was about neither Trump nor Clinton, but instead referred to third party candidates such as Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. A student asked the panelists if a third party “protest vote” is a waste of time. All three agreed that third party support has tanked in the past month (despite the fact that these candidates are generally more likeable than Clinton and Trump), and that “protest nominees” only take away votes from the Democratic or Republican candidate with whom they align politically.

The panelists expressed sympathy for college students because the candidates who will have a significant effect on students’ futures have run campaigns mired in scandal and controversy. One thing the panelists know is that our nation must not be crippled by this election season. Americans, and specifically the generation of budding professionals soon to enter the workforce, must remain optimistic and continue to fight for what they believe in.

Following the conclusion of the discussion, the EI Fielding Fellows invited students to join them in the Junction at 8:00 p.m. on election night to watch live coverage of the results.

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Fielding Fellows

This article originally appeared in The Gettysburgian on November 5, 2016. Reprinted with permission; click to view the original article.

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 04:09:34 EST
Student Spotlight: Maihan Wali '18 http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=f39add7b-1a81-4358-9369-8c0b84af61c6&pageTitle=Student+Spotlight%3A+Maihan+Wali+%2718 http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=f39add7b-1a81-4358-9369-8c0b84af61c6&pageTitle=Student+Spotlight%3A+Maihan+Wali+%2718 Maihan Wali ’18 asks “why not me?” and empowers women in Afghanistan

The year was 2002. It was the year following the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Maihan Wali ’18 was eight years old. As she sat in the classroom surrounded by her classmates she realized something unnerving: her peers were having difficulty reading and writing, and in some cases, her classmates couldn’t write their names. Wali decided to act. She looked for empty classrooms and after school, established a peer-to-peer literacy program.

At ten, she had her next idea. After watching men playing sports on the news she turned to her sister and said “we should do that!”

Despite never playing a sport in her life, she spoke to her principal about starting an afterschool basketball program for girls.

But the principal warned her it wouldn’t be easy and the program was not without its challenges or risks. She was told it defied cultural and social norms in Afghanistan and that the Minister of Education, who oversees all schools in Afghanistan, would never allow the program in their school.

But Wali was persistent, and the principal allowed her and six of her friends to quietly start a program. They used a basketball that was donated by a local organization and played in the school’s outdoor court.

“It was challenging finding players. Families weren’t ready to let their daughters play sports,” said Wali. “People still had fear from extremists, such as the Taliban, and were afraid.”

By creating the program and actively promoting it in their school, they motivated many other students to join. Two years later, Wali’s program caught the attention of the Afghan Women’s Network, whose mission was to ensure men and women in Afghanistan live in a justice and discrimination free society.

“Through their connections, we were able to get approval through the Minister of Education for the sports program and we also created volleyball teams in Kabul schools,” said Wali. In 2008, she was nominated via a YouTube contest to attend the British Council’s Global Changemakers Conference in London.  

“The conference empowered me; I learned I was not alone and not the only one who faced challenges,” said Wali.

Afterwards, she was able to network with other global changemakers through Facebook and her sports program was officially established as a non-profit organization, Women Empowerment Through Sport (WETS). Wali had expanded the program to include basketball, volleyball, and soccer, with over 700 participants across Afghanistan.

“Playing basketball makes me happy,” said Wali. “It teaches women they are not alone.  As part of a team, you have the same goals. I have seen the positive changes in participants’ lives. I have personally witnessed their smiles and happiness daily.”

Her family supported her venture, but was concerned about her safety. As a founder of WETS, Wali spends time fundraising, building connections through networking, and being interviewed in the news. At one point, she had received threats to her personal safety.

“My mom would ask, ‘Why you? Why not someone else?’” said Wali. “Why not me?” she would ask her mom.  “If I give up, I don’t think anyone would dare to do it.”

Her persistence and motivation have presented global opportunities for Wali and the girls in the program. She’s traveled internationally to speak about WETS and has met organizations that have donated resources, such as uniforms, for all the girls. She was recently invited to represent WETS in the category of Peace and Human Rights at the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative University in April. This summer, WETS is working with orphanages in Afghanistan to empower them through sport.

At Gettysburg, Wali is a political science major and Middle East & Islamic Studies minor. She regularly plays intramural sports such as basketball and soccer. She also participated in the Eisenhower Institute's Inside the Middle East program.

Her advice to others wanting to create change?

“If you think something can happen in a better way, fight for it. Bring positive change, work hard for change. Don’t wait for someone else to do it.”

 Contact: Shawna Sherrell, associate director of creative services, 717.337.6812

Posted: Sun, 23 Oct 2016


Fri, 28 Oct 2016 03:28:10 EDT
Inside Politics Alumni Impact National Election http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=0f4ea035-57a0-49f5-ab24-00aafb69b600&pageTitle=Inside+Politics+Alumni+Impact+National+Election http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=0f4ea035-57a0-49f5-ab24-00aafb69b600&pageTitle=Inside+Politics+Alumni+Impact+National+Election Impacting national elections: Three alums work for the RNC (including two past Inside Politics participants!)

When envisioning a dream career, most college students have one thing in common: they want their work to matter.

They want to have an impact, speak up about causes that are important to them, and stand for something meaningful—no matter if it helps one person or one million.

So imagine being fresh out of College and having the ability to impact millions, if not billions, of people through a cause that is important to you.

For three Gettysburgians, that is exactly what they are doing. Harry Fones ’15, Liz Oberg ’15, and Mia Phillips ’16 are currently working for the Republican National Committee (RNC), creating media strategy and analyzing data for political races at the national level.

Working in the field

Both Oberg and Fones work in the same department as research analysts. It was Oberg who connected Fones with his position after bumping into him on the Metro.

“So much of D.C. is being in the right place at the right time,” Fones said.

No two days are the same, he explained, as breaking news and developing events can shift their priorities in an instant.

The excitement of working at the RNC during a presidential election year is contagious, too.

“The Convention in Cleveland was hands down the thing I enjoyed the most,” Oberg said. “Not only was it a remarkable experience to be part of, it was also a total blast.”

Phillips works as a data analyst, and while she loves her day to day routine, the aspect of her work that appeals to her the most is the organization she is a part of and the values it represents.

“Everyone at the RNC is working towards the same goal, and everyday, I am surrounded by passionate, intelligent, and very hard working people,” said Phillips, who works as a data analyst. “It’s such an awesome environment to work in, and it’s what really drew me to working for the RNC after my internship.”

Personalizing politics

While their studies varied, they all cite the political science department as being instrumental in expanding their civic activism.

 “I always had an interest in politics, and had volunteered on campaigns in high school, so I jumped at the opportunity to take Dr. Shirley Anne Warshaw’s American Government course my freshman year,” said Oberg.

“From there, I was hooked.”

The political science major and Spanish minor took every course she could, avidly supplementing her classroom learning with programming offered by the Eisenhower Institute.

“The caliber of the professors that students are fortunate enough to interact with on an “open door” daily basis is incredible,” Oberg said. “They are dedicated to connecting students with alumni who work in DC to be sure that they leave the College ready to understand their options after school.”

Phillips agrees, citing the commitment of her professors to her educational and professional success as nothing short of transformational. Her advisor, Prof. Bruce Larson, was particularly influential, helping her to pursue new opportunities and tackle new challenges.

“Dr. Larson really encouraged me to go after what I wanted,” the history and public policy double major and political science minor said. “I would talk to him about the opportunities I would find online or through the Gettysburg network, and he would share ideas for how we could turn that work into research for my classes. It really shaped how I ended up at the RNC.”

For Fones, his professors became his greatest mentors—not because they shared similar political beliefs, but because they disagreed—respectfully—more than they agreed. In fact, his greatest mentors at Gettysburg—Profs. Don Tannenbaum and Ken Mott, to name a few—all fell on different ends of the political spectrum. Some of his favorite moments were the debates they would get into.

“No one cared what I thought as long as I could explain why,” Fones said.

It’s that foundation that Fones has found the most useful when speaking with voters, political field organizers, and more. A history and political science double major, Fones is not only familiar with the issues, but he also knows their historical roots, can look at them from multiple perspectives, and can explain why they are important, too.

“Iron sharpens iron,” Fones explained. “I’ve been able to put the knowledge and the skills I’ve learned to practical use.”

Enhancing their experience

Of course, there is so much more to a Gettysburg education than what takes place in the classroom.

Both Phillips and Oberg participated in the Eisenhower Institute’s Inside Politics program with renowned political expert and Bush speechwriter Kasey Pipes. Oberg calls her involvement with the Institute the “best decision I’ve ever made.”

“For me, it was more than just panel discussions, experts in residence, fellowship opportunities and networking,” said Oberg, who later became one of the Undergraduate Fellows and headed up the Campus Communications team at the Institute. “Having the opportunity as an undergraduate to see projects through with a team of motivated peers under the leadership and guidance of the Institute’s Executive Director Jeffrey Blavatt ’88 makes it a treasure for students.”

The Institute’s unparalleled networking opportunities did more than just provide Phillips with an insider’s look at the complexities of policy making. It was also how she first learned of the internships that would propel her political career.

“I had connected with Matt Kirincic ’13 and Jim Fellinger ’14 at an event held by the Institute,” the Tri Sigma sister and active College Choir member explained. “After my first internship with the Republican Party of Pennsylvania during the midterm elections, I wanted to expand my experience working with campaigns. They were able to connect me with the program at the RNC.”

Phillips’s connections to the Republican party extended beyond her state- and national-level internships, though. She also served as the Gettysburg College Republicans secretary her junior year—an organization that Fones was deeply committed to during his collegiate years as well.

“College Republicans was one of the biggest things that I was involved in at Gettysburg. It really meant a lot to me,” the Lambda Chi Alpha brother said.

Through the College’s support of College Republicans, he was able to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)—the “birthplace of modern conservatism” and one of Fones’s more formative experiences as a student.

“That’s where I really started to dip my toe into the political arena,” Fones said. “I got to meet all of the big names—Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, FOX News personalities and presidential candidates—and that’s when I really started to get involved.”

Just a few short years later, Fones is doing more than rubbing elbows with the “big names.” Instead, he is working on the strategy that advances their party.

“If you had told me when I first got to Gettysburg that I would end up working for the RNC, I never would have believed you,” Fones said. “Now, I get to do what I love. And that’s a really neat feeling—to be 23 and to be doing something I love.”

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Contact: Kasey Varner, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6806

Posted: Wed, 26 Oct 2016


Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:52:43 EST
Student Spolight: Spencer King '19 http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=40dbc5e3-bbb9-497c-a5c3-76ba89cc96cf&pageTitle=Student+Spolight%3A+Spencer+King+%2719 http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=40dbc5e3-bbb9-497c-a5c3-76ba89cc96cf&pageTitle=Student+Spolight%3A+Spencer+King+%2719 “I remember after my first Arabic class at Gettysburg, I called my mom and dad and said, ‘this is what I want to do for the rest of my life—speak this language.’ ”

You could say the linguistic passion was instantaneous for Spencer King ’19. King is already fluent in English and Swahili. That makes Arabic his third language—and possibly the toughest to learn.

“The thing about Arabic is that it takes three times longer for an English speaker to learn than any other language,” King explained.

King’s appreciation of international culture and language stems from his upbringing. He was raised in Kijabe, Kenya, where he lived since he was eleven months old. In his college search, he was looking for a school in the United States where he would be able to thrive in small classes and establish strong relationships with professors and peers—so he chose Gettysburg. With varied coursework focused in Economics, International Affairs, and Islamic Studies, King has quickly become an inquisitive and inspired Gettysburgian.

International Background

“I grew up in Kenya speaking Swahili and English,” King said. “When I came to the US, I realized that I couldn’t speak Swahili anymore. I found that I’m not interested in German, French, or Spanish, but I value language because of communication—and I thought that Arabic looked fun.”

After his two subsequent semesters of Arabic at Gettysburg, King was hooked on the language and applied for the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS).

“I applied for the CLS after only taking one year of Arabic, but they accepted me into the program,“ he said.

King was thrilled to have the opportunity to travel to Ibri, Oman, for an 8-week, full-immersion into Arab culture for the summer of 2016.

Traveling to the Arab World

Despite being a quick and eager learner, King explained that the initial communication barrier was hard to overcome.

“The first two weeks were tough. I sat in class and felt so lost because I didn't know the language as well as most of the other people in the program who had taken four or five years of Arabic.

“After about two weeks, I started getting in the mode and I could understand the dialect; everything got easier.”

Once King gained confidence though practicing his Arabic, he was better able to participate in the Arab culture in Oman while making important cross-cultural comparisons.

“The culture of Oman was especially interesting for me because I found it to be very similar to the culture in which I grew up, in Kenya,” King explained. “It makes sense because historically Oman actually ruled a portion of the Kenyan coast; during that time we actually adopted a lot of their culture, including a good portion of their language.”

Despite the linguistic similarities, King was unfamiliar with the dry heat and religious practices of the Arab culture.

“I was living on the edge of the largest sand desert in the world,” King said. “It would regularly hit 122 degrees! For cultural appropriateness, I had to cover my whole body most of the time,” he said. “I wore a dishdasha, an Arab garment similar to a robe, as so that I stayed covered and modest.”

With the religious focus, King experienced a strong sense of cultural affiliation in Ibri. Even as a non-fluent speaker of Arabic from a western society, King was treated as a member of the community.

“It was cool because as long as you somehow knew someone who was invited to a party or an event, you were invited,” King revealed. “I actually went to three weddings during my time in Ibri, and people who I didn't even know invited me to stay in their homes.”

Considering the Future

Even though he is only a sophomore, King has some ideas about how he will take his cultural and linguistic passions into his post-grad life.

“In the future, I would like to work in the Arab world or for the US Foreign Service,” he said. “I think it'd be fun to live like a nomad and travel around for the rest of my life, using my language skills and experiencing new things.”

First Swahili, now Arabic: Spencer King ’19 is passionate about language

Article by Megan Decker, communications and marketing intern

Contact: Carina Sitkus, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Wed, 19 Oct 2016

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:33:27 EDT
Susan Eisenhower Meets African Leaders http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=428990fa-fbc9-4428-bc98-73f31554a777&pageTitle=Susan+Eisenhower+Meets+African+Leaders http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=428990fa-fbc9-4428-bc98-73f31554a777&pageTitle=Susan+Eisenhower+Meets+African+Leaders On October 10, 2016, Chairman Emeritus Susan Eisenhower had the opportunity to speak to the Eisenhower Fellows from Africa during the Eisenhower Fellowship's 2016 Africa Program.

The Eisenhower Fellowships, based in Philadelphia, is an Eisenhower Legacy organization. Eisenhower Fellowships identifies, empowers and connects innovative leaders through a transformative fellowship experience and lifelong engagement in a global network of dynamic change agents committed to creating a world more peaceful, prosperous and just. Fellowships are offered both domestically and internationally. Eisenhower Fellows are exceptional leaders in their countries, representing a diverse mix of private, public and NGO sectors. Although diverse in background and interests, each of them has demonstrated leadership ability and a commitment to better their communities and advance their professional disciplines as a result of the fellowship. Eisenhower Fellows are mid-career professionals, typically 32 to 45 years old.

Although part of a cohort of approximately 25 people, each International Eisenhower Fellow travels independently around the United States following an individualized itinerary, meeting with relevant experts, professionals and leaders to help them identify and take steps to implement concrete ways in which they can increase their impact once they return home. The cohort is together at the beginning of the fellowship, at a midpoint retreat and at the end of the fellowship for organized activities and sessions. Throughout the program, Eisenhower Fellowships’(EF) sponsors, Trustees and supporters also provide the Fellows with unique opportunities to further their fellowship objectives.

As many African countries undergo seismic transitions, with unprecedented population growth bringing new demands for sustainable economic development, in 20116, Eisenhower Fellowships hosted the first program dedicated exclusively to Sub-Saharan Africa in EF’s 63-year history. The 24 Fellows work in fields ranging from agriculture, education and women’s leadership to banking, climate change, health and housing. They include social entrepreneurs seeking to strengthen the ecosystem for the growth of small and medium-size enterprises in the region. Since its founding, EF has hosted a total of 182 African Fellows, the first one a Ghanaian diplomat, Frederick Arkhurst, in the very first class of Fellows in 1954. 

The Africa Fellows launched their program with a week of activities in Philadelphia starting October 2, 2016, then proceed on individual journeys throughout the country visiting approximately 8 to10 cities and towns throughout the U.S. Their fellowship culminates with a series of public events in New York City the week of November 14.  

Click here to learn more about the Eisenhower Fellowships and their 2016 Africa Program.

Eisenhower Fellow Edward Mbucho Mungai of Kenya shares his thoughts on Susan's remarks:

Yesterday, the 2016 Eisenhower African fellows had another inspiring speaker. This time it was Susan Elaine Eisenhower who is a consultant, author, and expert on international security, space policy, energy, and relations between the Russian Federation and the United States of America. As the name suggest she is a granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and sister to David who we met last week. One takeaway from her speech is that in leadership we should avoid excuses. She reminded us that everyday people make excuses mistakenly for challenges that are presented to them. She was quick to add that excuses don’t help in any way and after a while people get tired of hearing them. Putting this in to perspective, it got me thinking what reduction of excuses can mean to all of us…. It will mean

More focus and hence more results as there is reduced waste of time complaining and giving excuses, it will make people to appreciate us more as we will take more responsibility and it will also transform negative thoughts into positive ones and hence reduce our stress level.
A key learning shared by her was in regards to the military… please note that when Susan was growing up she was surrounded by “military personnel’s” her grandfather, her father and other people in the family. One of the takeaway from this background is that there are only four answers to a question;

1. Yes Sir!
2. No Sir!
3. No excuses Sir!
4. Have no information and I will get back to you sir!

This is kind of the altitude that we should have in life to always take responsibility as illustrated by the 4 answers.
As an advice, I think we should avoid the following statements at all cost in our lives;

• I could if …
• I can’t because …
• If I had … I could do it.
• … happened to me.
• … isn’t fair.
• … has an advantage.
• Let me explain why I can’t.
• I don’t have enough time.
• I don’t have enough money.
• I don’t know how to do

Trying this will definitely secure a better life for us…..

#EFFELLOWS Eisenhower Fellowships

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:02:36 EDT
EI Students Play Hardball http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=7d3ad4d1-9e20-4de4-818a-428364e6e449&pageTitle=EI+Students+Play+Hardball http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=7d3ad4d1-9e20-4de4-818a-428364e6e449&pageTitle=EI+Students+Play+Hardball “This conversation is the best in the country. You don’t get this kind of exposure anywhere else,” said Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball, while at Gettysburg College with Howard Fineman of the Huffington Post.

The hour-long conversation, held in the College’s Alumni House, provided 15 Gettysburg students with the opportunity to bring their political passions into a real-world discussion with the experts, as well as for the experts to learn more about the millennial vote this election season.

Matthews and Fineman facilitated a lively conversation with students from a variety of campus organizations—from College Republicans, College Democrats, and College Independents to nonpartisan affiliated students with Students for Sanders, Gettysburg Anti-Capitalist Collective, Young Americans for Liberty, Student Senate, Students for Hillary, and The Eisenhower Institute.

Howard Fineman with Gettysburg students

View all of the photos from Chris Matthews and Howard Fineman's visit on Flickr

The main topic of discussion was the current presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Students respectfully debated both sides of the coin on a variety of issues—citing differences in experience, domestic and foreign policy, and leadership style.

Piper O’Keefe ’17 explained her reasoning for supporting the Clinton campaign:

“Her experienced role within the international community is what’s drawing me to vote for her. I can also appreciate that in my first presidential voting year, my vote will be cast for a woman.”

Opinions were heard from the opposing side as well:

“I think that people are afraid to say that they’re voting for Trump. Clinton fails to capture millennial votes because many feel that she’s disingenuous,” voiced Zach Bartman ’18.

During the discussion, students quoted current polling numbers and identified the regions of Pennsylvania that could swing to either the Republican or Democratic side in the upcoming month.

“You guys really know your stuff,” said Matthews.

Fineman echoed that sentiment: “Here at Gettysburg, a liberal arts institution, you all have been taught to understand and appreciate facts and analyses that bolster a great argument.”

Watch Chris Matthews and Howard Fineman discuss their visit on Hardball at the 2:20 mark.

The students’ reflections post-discussion were inspired, with a buzzing sense of excitement for the upcoming election. Amelia Smith ’17 explained her personal insights after the conversation with the political professionals:

“I have been lucky enough to meet Chris Matthews before this event through a program with The Eisenhower Institute. I remember at that meeting, he was asking us whether or not we thought that Hillary Clinton would run for president in 2016.

“Now, here we are three years later, actually talking about the Clinton campaign. Having such a casual setting created great conversations that really made me think about my own personal opinions about this election!”

To sign off, Matthews left his captivated audience of young Gettysburgians with a few words of advice— and some hope for the future of the United States political system.

“Please run for office. Go into politics in the future because you all will have the experience and the passion to lead.”
CM, JMR, HF and students at Gettysburg

Read about Chris Matthews’ visit to Gettysburg in 2011; he also spoke in 2008. Howard Fineman participated in a panel discussion on campus in 2012.

Talking politics with the pros: Chris Matthews and Howard Fineman visit Gettysburg to speak with students

Article by Megan Decker ’17, communications and marketing intern

Contact: Jamie Yates, director of communications and media relations, 717.337.6801.

Posted: Fri, 7 Oct 2016


Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:36:55 EDT
Normandy Invades Gettysburg http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=1a0033eb-ef42-4c9b-9d2b-2d207b88a03f&pageTitle=Normandy+Invades+Gettysburg http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=1a0033eb-ef42-4c9b-9d2b-2d207b88a03f&pageTitle=Normandy+Invades+Gettysburg During the summer of 2016, The Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College had the opportunity to host two very special guests with ties to the 1944 D-Day invasion.

In June, the Institute proudly welcomed Jean Quétier, mayor of Sainte-Mère-Église, France to Gettysburg. Sainte-Mère-Église is the sister city of Gettysburg, PA, and during his visit, Mayor Quétier explored ways to enhance the relationship between these two historic towns.  Just prior to his visit, Mayor Quétier had welcomed Chairman Emeritus Susan Eisenhower to Normandy and Sainte-Mère-Église for the 72nd Anniversary of D-Day (where she was awarded the French Legion of Honor).  The Institute doubly appreciated the opportunity to return the favor as host as Mayor Quétier had also met with ¿‎Strategy & Leadership in Transformation Times (SALTT) program participants during their visits to Normandy.

Isherwood shows Mayor of SME Gettysburg College

The Mayor’s visit included a visit to the Eisenhower home and farm with the National Park Service and a Gettysburg Battlefield tour with then-Assistant Director of Gettysburg College’s Civil War Institute, Dr. Ian Isherwood. He also had the opportunity to explore the Gettysburg Museum of History and its newly unveiled Maj. Dick Winters exhibit.  Mayor Quétier enjoyed dinners with Gettysburg Borough Council Members, Institute National Advisory Council member Ambassador Larry Taylor, and Institute staff.

Click here to view photos from Mayor Quétier’s visit to Gettysburg.

Shortly after the Mayor’s visit, Institute staff members were contacted by Erik Dorr, curator and owner of the Gettysburg Museum of History. Dorr indicated that Pvt. Jim “Pee Wee” Martin would be visiting Gettysburg and his museum to do some filming for the Smithsonian Channel.  He inquired if the Institute would be willing and able to assist with Jim’s visit, as Martin had expressed interest in visiting his commander's homes while in Gettysburg. 

On June 6, 1944 Pvt. Jim "Pee Wee" Martin parachuted inton Normandy with G Company of the 101st Airborne's 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He later participated in Operation arket Garden and was in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. He would make it all the way to Berchtesgaden, Germany, the home of Hitler's Eagle's Nest.

Pvt. Martin also jumped into Normandy on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2014 at the young age of 93.

On July 26, Executive Director Jeffrey Blavatt welcomed Jim Martin, his colleague Doug Barber, and Erik Dorr to the Institute’s office on the Gettysburg College campus.  Following a brief visit and tour, the group traveled to the Eisenhower Farm where Martin was personally greeted by Chairman Emeritus Susan Eisenhower. Eisenhower had met Martin on previous visits to Normandy and made a point to provide a personal tour of her grandparent’s home. 

Video by Doug Barber. Used with permission.

Following the tour of the Eisenhower Farm, Martin and his colleagues traveled to the Gettysburg Visitor’s Center and concluded his day with a tour of the battlefield.

Click here to view photos from Pvt. Jim “Pee Wee” Martin’s visit to Gettysburg.

The Institute was tremendously honored to host both gentleman and thank them for their service and dedication to honoring the memory of Dwight D. Eisenhower.   

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 03:32:32 EDT
Ambassador of Liberty Returns to Alma Mater http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=5c380492-6871-449c-88c5-d3adcd7d1392&pageTitle=Ambassador+of+Liberty+Returns+to+Alma+Mater http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=5c380492-6871-449c-88c5-d3adcd7d1392&pageTitle=Ambassador+of+Liberty+Returns+to+Alma+Mater (Editor’s Note: This article was originally featured on the homepage of the Gettysburg College website.)

Ron Paul ’57 delivers Constitution Day lecture, meets with students

Former presidential candidate and congressman Dr. Ron Paul ’57 returned to campus on September 29 to deliver the annual Constitution Day lecture, which was sponsored by The Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, the Political Science Department, and the Alumni Office. During Paul’s three-day visit over Homecoming Weekend, he also met with students and celebrated the 100th anniversary of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, of which he was a member.

Paul last spoke at Gettysburg in 2008 to a capacity crowd at the Majestic Theater. This year, he delivered his lecture, called “Try Liberty for a Change,” to another full and energetic audience in the College Union Building ballroom, followed by a question and answer session. Over 800 members of the College and greater Gettysburg community attended the discussion, which was moderated by political science Prof. Kenneth Mott.

“I want to get people interested enough to look at a message that I’ve worked on for a long time,” he said. “Politicians are always talking about change but nothing ever really changes.”

Recalling how one Gettysburg professor sparked his interest, Paul said he hopes his talk motivates people to become more inquisitive in their own search for knowledge.

“I remember I had a professor by the name of Robert Bloom, and about three or four years after I was out of college, I remember writing to him and asking for some books to read because I had become fascinated in learning more about history,” Paul said. “I remember him acknowledging this, and he sent me back some suggestions. You don't finish your education when you walk out the door.”

On the Friday following the lecture, Paul visited Prof. Bruce Larson’s public policy class and spoke with several student groups, including Fielding and Undergraduate Fellows from the Eisenhower Institute, and The Young Americans for Liberty, which is a national student organization that was founded after, and inspired in part by, Paul’s presidential campaign in 2008.

Dr. & Mrs. Ron Paul meet with EIUF & EIFF

Eisenhower Institute Undergraduate Fellows and Fielding Fellows enjoy lunch with Dr. & Mrs. Ron Paul.

Dr. Ron Paul and EI Undergraduate Fellows and Fielding Fellows

Undergraduate Fellows and Fielding Fellows with Dr. Ron Paul '57.

Emily Keyser ’19, an economics and public policy double major and the public relations chair of the Gettysburg College Democrats, said she appreciated hearing Paul’s perspective.

“I like hearing different sides of political issues, especially since [Paul] is a libertarian,” said Keyser. “Libertarians have some ideals that align with both the Republican and Democratic parties. It’s healthy to disagree with people in politics, and it was interesting and refreshing to hear his viewpoint."

On campus, Paul was joined by his wife, Carolyn, whom he married during his senior year at Gettysburg. The couple lived in an apartment on Carlisle Street, and Carolyn worked as a faculty assistant in Glatfelter Hall while Paul finished his senior year before attending medical school at Duke University. At Gettysburg, Paul was a biology major, a member of the swimming and track teams, and held various positions in his fraternity and on campus (including manager of the Bullet Hole).

After graduating from the Duke University School of Medicine in 1961, he served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force and started his own medical practice in Texas in 1968 before entering politics. Paul sought the 2008 and 2012 Republican presidential nomination and was the Libertarian candidate on the national ballot in 1988. He also served 12 terms in Congress (R-Tex.).

View the slideshow from Paul’s visit to campus.

Watch the live recording of Paul’s remarks.

Read about the Constitution Day lecture in the York Daily Record.

Listen to Scott LaMar’s interview with Paul on Smart Talk.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,700 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.


Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:20:11 EDT
Developing Intelligence http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=86740c8d-3484-4bd1-8484-a1923cf8aac2&pageTitle=Developing+Intelligence http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=86740c8d-3484-4bd1-8484-a1923cf8aac2&pageTitle=Developing+Intelligence Editor's Note: During Summer 2016, Fielding Fellow Taylor Beck '17 had the opportunity to attend the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation annual GEOINT Symposium to assist and support USGIF CEO, Keith Masback '87. The following articles share highlights from Taylor's experience.

How many students get to casually sit and talk with General James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, for an hour? According to Keith Masback ’87, only General Clapper’s grandkids…and now Fielding Fellow Taylor Beck ’17.

This past summer, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) hosted the annual GEOINT Symposium in Orlando, Florida. Keith Masback, CEO of the USGIF, needed a student assistant during the week of the conference. That opportunity fell to Beck.

Beck was Masback’s shadow during the week-long conference, following him from breakfast, to the exhibit hall, to meetings with some of the nation’s top intelligence experts. These experts included, among others, General Clapper, Robert Cardillo, Director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), and Letia Long, former director of the NGA. It sounds nerve-wracking, but Beck, a political science major interested in national security law, took it in stride. Masback said of Beck, “She is now the most well-known Gettysburg College student in the U.S. Intelligence community.”

Beck discussed her week at the symposium saying, “One of my biggest takeaways from GEOINT is how much the intelligence field is evolving and how important it is to national security. In the 1960s we were using U-2 planes to take pictures from 70,000 feet and now we're utilizing satellites to do reconnaissance from space.”

But she came away with more than an appreciation for intelligence technology. In one conversation during the week, senior members of the intelligence community expressed concern about the millennial generation and the future of government work. Beck defended herself and her peers, sighting the impressive work ethic and inherent curiosity she witnesses at Gettysburg. She made an impression. At the end of the conversation, an agent walked over to her, shook her hand, and said, “Don't let them get you down, with that attitude you're going to do great things.”

This article was written by Fielding Fellow Rachel Haskins ‘17, a political science major with minors in Religious Studies and Middle East andn Islamic Studies.

(Editors Note: This article was originally featured on the Gettysburg College website.)

Collaborating with the Intelligence Community

Taylor Beck ’17 was walking around a conference for the U.S. intelligence community when she bumped into CNN’s Jim Sciutto preparing a Facebook Live broadcast from the exhibit floor. She was attending the conference as the personal assistant for Keith Masback ’87, the CEO of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, who encouraged her to introduce herself.

Minutes later, she was behind the scenes, filming a broadcast to over 100,000 live viewers. No pressure.

“No one was there begging to hear my opinions as an undergraduate student, but I was still encouraged to speak up and connect with some of the most important people in the intelligence field,” Beck said. “It was a little overwhelming at first, but I was able to hold my own and network with some of the biggest names in the intelligence community.”

The week-long job shadowing experience came together rather quickly. Masback reached out to political science Prof. Shirley Anne Warshaw in need of an assistant, who’s first thought to fill the position was Beck.

“She emailed me, asking if I might be interested in attending this national symposium,” Beck said. “I emailed her back within minutes saying yes!”

Finding a mentor

Beck’s relationship with Warshaw dates back to her first days on campus. In fact, Beck enrolled in Warshaw’s First-Year Seminar on the Bush Administration and was inspired to declare a major in political science with Warshaw as her academic advisor.

“I found the whole idea of the constitutionality of the Bush presidency fascinating. I liked the idea of having a classroom debate,” Beck said. “It made me realize that this is a school that values free speech as long as you have the facts to back it up.”

After starting the course, Beck was impressed with how Warshaw conducted the class, from challenging students’ ideas to encouraging them to speak up.

“I’ll admit I was a little intimidated taking that class, but once I realized how much hard work pays off, it was one of my most rewarding courses,” Beck said. “It forces you to think outside of the box and make connections outside of class, which is what Gettysburg is all about.”

According to Warshaw, it was Beck’s hard work in the classroom that first stood out to her.

“In every course that Taylor has taken with me, and in every situation that I have worked with her, she has been a dominant presence,” Warshaw said. “She is smart, hardworking, and always goes the extra mile. She is deeply engaged across campus and I know can easily multi-task at the highest level. When Keith sought a recommendation for an assistant at the annual Geospatial intelligence conference, Taylor was the first person I thought of.”  

Beck also applied to various programs offered by the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, of which Warshaw is heavily involved. She was accepted into the Inside Politics program with Bush speechwriter Kasey Pipes and the Strategy and Leadership in Transformational Times program with international security and U.S./Russian relations expert Susan Eisenhower.

Outside of her love of politics, Beck began to explore other academic and social interests. She declared a minor in history, became involved in Student Senate, joined Alpha Delta Pi, and was on the student committee engaged in issues of political discourse on campus.

“The entire Gettysburg experience melts together,” Beck explained. “It taught me that it’s okay to try different things and to take an interest outside of your major, to make connections to other courses and experiences.”

Identifying a career direction

With this as her foundation, Beck accepted a week-long position with Masback at the largest gathering of intelligence professionals in the country.

“I had breakfast with the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, chatted with the Former Director of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Letitia Long, and worked a Facebook Live broadcast with CNN’s National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto,” Beck recalled. “I was keeping Keith’s schedule for the week because he is a very in-demand guy at his own symposium, but he made sure to introduce me to everyone we were meeting with, as well. It was amazing.”

According to Masback, Beck was the right student for the job.

“She handled it well, with flexibility and a great sense of humor,” Masback said. “She is now the most well known Gettysburg College student in the U.S. intelligence community.”

As she heads into her senior year at Gettysburg, this experience has had a big impact on her future plans, too.

“I went into that symposium not knowing much about the intelligence field and left realized that I wanted to go into national security law. It really showed me how important this field is and how it is shaping U.S. national security in the future,” Beck said.

She is now studying for the LSAT and looking into law schools in Washington, D.C. At the same time, she is also reflecting on the impact alums can have and is looking forward to being able to help a student the way that Masback helped her.

“Keith’s ability to give back to the school is the epitome of what Gettysburg does best,” Beck said. “With alumni help, Gettysburg is creating future leaders who want to build up the next generation. It’s a really special thing to do, and I really can’t wait until I am in the position to help other Gettysburg students.”

Posted: Wed, 21 Sep 2016


Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:47:35 EDT
Susan Eisenhower Honored in France http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=c06239e0-96a6-4231-b715-8be8b07aea8a&pageTitle=Susan+Eisenhower+Honored+in+France http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=c06239e0-96a6-4231-b715-8be8b07aea8a&pageTitle=Susan+Eisenhower+Honored+in+France On June 5, 2016, Eisenhower Institute Chairman Emeritus Susan Eisenhower was presented the French Legion of Honor during a trip to Normandy for the 72nd Anniversary of D-Day. Established in 1802 by Napoleon, the Légion d'honneur is the highest French order for military and civil merits. Eisenhower was cited for her founding role as first president of the Eisenhower Institute and for her many years of work in the policy arena, especially in US-Russian relations. Eisenhower has also had many decades of interaction with her French counterparts on energy issues and during D-Day commemorations.

The Legion of Honor was presented at La Fiere Bridge, not far from the village of Sainte-Mère-Église. Ms. Eisenhower was joined by two additional recipients: General John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan (and a former commander of the 82nd Airborne) and Ralph Ticcioni, a WWII paratrooper who was part of the 573rd Signal Air Warning Battalion assigned to the 82nd Airborne.  

For the last two years, Susan Eisenhower’s Strategy and Leadership in Transformational Times program has explored the concepts of leadership and strategy through the lens of the D-Day invasion. Eisenhower and SALTT student participants have made the trip to Normandy to see where the liberation of Europe began, after months of intensive planning. Throughout the years, students met with veterans, experts and local French villagers for many vivid accounts what happened on June 6, 1944.
Susan Eisenhower French Legion of Honor. Photo by Kristian NiemiClick here to view a quick video of Susan Eisenhower commenting on her award.
(Video courtesy of Kristian Niemi. Used with permission.)

To view additional photos, click here.

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:59:07 EDT
EIUF & EIFF awarded three projects from State Department’s Diplomacy Lab http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=628b5060-b976-4d9a-a1de-507853c40fd9&pageTitle=EIUF+%26+EIFF+awarded+three+projects+from+State+Department%E2%80%99s+Diplomacy+Lab http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=628b5060-b976-4d9a-a1de-507853c40fd9&pageTitle=EIUF+%26+EIFF+awarded+three+projects+from+State+Department%E2%80%99s+Diplomacy+Lab On behalf of Gettysburg College and The Eisenhower Institute, Harold G. Evans Chair of Eisenhower Leadership Studies Dr. Shirley Anne Warshaw was recently awarded three student-research projects from the United States State Department’s Diplomacy Labs initiative. 

The Diplomacy Lab was established in 2013 by Secretary of State John Kerry and is a vehicle that aids the State Department in researching various public policy topics by partnering and utilizing assistance from students at top colleges and universities throughout the United States.  Faculty members apply to work on specific projects or topics and ultimately select their student researchers. While conducting their research and completing the goals of their assignment, students have the opportunity to discuss and receive input from officials working in the State Department. 

Gettysburg College is part of a group of eight new colleges and universities that will join Diplomacy Lab’s current list of 20 partner institutions. Out of the 28 partner institutions, Gettysburg is the sole private, four-year liberal arts college. To view a list of partner institutions, click here.

Sixteen Gettysburg seniors – The EisenhowerShirley Anne Warshaw Institute’s Undergraduate Fellows and the Fellows from the Fielding Center for Presidential Leadership Study – will be tapped by Dr. Warshaw to complete the three projects.  Dr. Warshaw notes that she is particularly proud “because nearly all of the research proposals are for graduate students. It is very impressive that [Gettysburg] can compete and win.”

While this year’s group of Eisenhower Institute Undergraduate Fellows will be working on their topic of Refugee Policy, they will also work on two projects from the Diplomacy Lab.

Their first project, “Delivery of Health Care and Other Services in Mixed Migration Emergencies: Lessons from History for the Current Crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean Region,” ties directly to their study of Refugee Policy.  Undergraduate Fellows will look at how governments have kept health care records on refugees and how those records are transported across governments, especially for the very ill, including those with communicable diseases. Ultimately, governments must have proper records to prevent the spread of communicable disease among the refugee and host population. 

Their second project, “The Influence of Student Activism on Domestic and Foreign Policy,” will seek to help the State Department to understand how student activism influences governments and government policy. Recent examples of student activism occurred during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis (and later in 1999), in China at Tiananmen Square, and during the Arab Spring. EI’s Undergraduate Fellows will research for a common denominator in what leads to student unrest and pinpoint how it leads to anger and action.

The 2016-2017 Fielding Fellows will work on a project entitled “Tackling the Corruption Conundrum: Successful Strategies from a U.S. Foreign Policy Perspective. Their work and research on foreign corruption will tie into Fielding Fellow Will Essigs ’17 research from the 2015-2016 school year.  Their project calls for an analysis of anti-corruption efforts which highlight successful policies and lists pitfalls to avoid.

Congratulations to Dr. Warshaw and Gettysburg College and best of luck to our Undergraduate Fellows and Fielding Fellows as they begin their research!

To learn more about Diplomacy Lab, visit their website by clicking here

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:26:14 EDT
An Evening of Honor http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=1b123d43-2df8-4f2d-9692-4ccecef4f288&pageTitle=An+Evening+of+Honor http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/news/news_detail.dot?inode=1b123d43-2df8-4f2d-9692-4ccecef4f288&pageTitle=An+Evening+of+Honor By Giulia DiGuglielmo ‘18

On Wednesday, April 13, the Eisenhower Institute, in collaboration with Gettysburg College, Lockheed Martin, and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, celebrated the achievements of three Medal of Honor winners at the Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square in Washington, D.C. Moderated by Ronald T. Rand, the president and CEO of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, the three honored veterans shared stories about their experiences in service, importance of patriotism, and the values they developed from their careers in the military. Two of the veterans on the panel fought in the Vietnam War, and one, more recently, in Afghanistan.

After welcoming remarks from Gettysburg alumnus Richard H. Edward ’78, Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business area, Mr. Rand introduced the three heroes to the audience: Lt. Thomas G. Kelley served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, 1st Lt. Brian Miles Thatcher served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and SSgt. Clinton L. Romesha served in the U.S. Army during the War in Afghanistan.

All three decorated veterans shared the sentiment that they were honored to have risked their lives for the freedom of the American people and were eternally grateful for the strong bonds forged with their fellow soldiers. Furthermore, the panelists highlighted the importance of patriotism and service. They were in accord in saying that donning a uniform and fighting in a war isn’t the only way to serve the United States; service is imperative, but everyone can contribute in a different way. Lastly, the Medal of Honor recipients expressed what an honor it was to speak to groups, such as this, and especially to young school children and veterans, about their service.

A question and answer session was held following the official session and SSgt. Romesha provided some perspective that comes as a recipient when he noted, “These things aren’t given out when something’s going right. We got these things because something went wrong…a lot of stuff went wrong. And it’s a heavy weight sometimes.”

After the panel, a reception was held outside of the ballroom, and the Medal of Honor recipients signed copies of Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty, an anthology by author Peter Collier and photographer Nick Del Calzo containing stories of Medal of Honor recipients. Among the guests were Gettysburg alumni, current students, administrators, and staff.

Senior Frank Arbogast ’16 noted, “I am so grateful to be have been able to attend the Medal of Honor reception. As a student at Gettysburg College, I am often reminded of how young scholars attending this very same institution over 150 years ago left their personal ambitions, safety, and regular lives to fight for a cause they believed in in the Battle of Gettysburg. To be able to hear firsthand from the courageous Medal of Honor recipients granted me a new perspective on the complexities of making such a decision, particularly how the decision to serve one's country in combat has changed over time.”

Click here to view photos from the event.

Our thanks to Richard Edwards ’78 and Lockheed Martin, Ron Rand and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, and Lt. Thomas G. Kelley, 1st Lt. Brian Miles Thatcher, and SSgt. Clinton L. Romesha for joining us.  We appreciate your willingness to share these important stories.

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:03:09 EDT