In the Media / Latest media coverage for Gettysburg College Prof. Steve Gimbel published in Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch Philosophy Professor Steve Gimbel's article on the need for humor in politics is published in The Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch. 

From Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch:

William Marcy “Boss” Tweed was the corrupt head of Tammany Hall, the New York State Democratic political machine ... until he was brought down, in part by the political cartoons of Thomas Nast.

Humor changed the world. From Will Rogers to Mort Sahl to Stephen Colbert, comedians have influenced the way we understand the social and political world around us. That is why we ought to take notice when President Donald Trump and his White House staff have declared that they will not attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an annual event, which among other elements, includes a big name in the comedy world who does a set focused on the politics of the day.

The goal in avoiding the event is to take away some of the power of today’s comedians to influence, to limit the connections we might make when hearing the jokes.

Jokes are generally structured around an incongruity; that is, two ways of understanding something that are incompatible. The set up leads the listener to construct a mental world in a particular way. The punch line then forces the listener to realize that there is a completely different way of seeing the world and that the created mental joke-world that came from the set-up must be completely rethought.

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:06:45 EDT
Gettysburg College is featured on Inside Higher Ed Gettysburg College is featured on Inside Higher Ed's article announcing commencement speakers at various colleges.

From Inside Higher Ed:

Gettysburg College: Johnnetta B. Cole, former president of Spelman College and Bennett College.

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 03:45:20 EDT
Prof. Michael Birkner is published on History Professor Michael Birkner's article on Governor Christie is published on


As U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton handed down prison sentences to Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni for their roles in the Fort Lee lane closing scandal last week, Governor Christie was in Washington meeting with President Donald Trump for a discussion on opioid addiction.  As Christie fended off press questions about the case, saying it was “not my role” to “pass sentence on people who have committed crimes,” he could not help but think about the impact of the scandal on his national ambitions.

Christie was charged with no crime in the Fort Lee lane closings.  Neither was Alfred Driscoll, the popular and effective Republican governor who served two terms (1948-54), but found his national ambitions stymied by a different Bergen County scandal.

In 1952, as Republicans Dwight D. Eisenhower and Robert A. Taft fought for their party’s nomination in a year when the public mood was sour on the Democratic incumbent and eager for a change in Washington, Driscoll was viewed not merely as a kingmaker, but a potential vice president.   Like Chris Christie, Driscoll backed the winning horse — in this case Eisenhower. And like Christie, Driscoll was on many lists as a representing a good balance for the GOP ticket — a veteran governor complementing a career military man, and a younger, vigorous voice for a progressive Republicanism in the bargain.

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 03:42:38 EDT
Prof. Howard Ernst is quoted on WYPR Professor Howard Ernst is quoted on WYPR, Maryland's public radio broadcast, on the dangers of a chemical, kepone. 

From WYPR:

“Workers began to get ill relatively quickly,” said Howard Ernst, an author of books about the Chesapeake Bay and professor at Gettysburg College who has been studying the case.

“They first started to notice that they would get shakes – what they ended up calling the ‘kepone tremors,’ Ernst said.  “And then they would slur their words, they would get headaches, and they would become irritable.  And what they didn’t realize at the time – but would later find out – is that they were becoming sterile and that there was a cognitive impact as well. They were having short-term memory loss and other factors as well.”

Seventy workers showed symptoms of poisoning, 29 were hospitalized and hundreds of local residents were tested and found to have the pesticide in their blood.  Because the company had flushed kepone down the sewers into the James River and Chesapeake Bay, fish were tainted with the pesticide as far north as New York.  Fishing was banned on the James for more than a decade. And in 1978, EPA outlawed the use of kepone in the U.S.

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 03:38:30 EDT
Gettysburg College is featured on Lancaster Online Gettysburg College is featured on Lancaster Online's article highlighting a women's rights conference that Gettysburg students spoke at. 

From Lancaster Online:

Critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Renee Tajima-Pena will speak at an annual women's rights event, hosted by Franklin & Marshall College, this weekend.

The 30th annual Central Pennsylvania Consortium's Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference will be held today and Saturday. This year's theme is one of Tajima-Pena's central documentary topics – reproductive justice.

“It's enormously exciting to have someone of her renown come to campus,” said Maria Mitchell, an F&M history professor and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies chair. “She appealed to us in that she's a great example of how we study. These are real-world issues that we're dealing with.”

On Saturday, 30 presentations and panels from Franklin & Marshall College, Gettysburg College and Dickinson College students will delve into topics including abortion, sexual education and forced sterilization.

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 03:29:45 EDT
Gettysburg College is featured in Frederick News Post Gettysburg College is featured in Frederick News Post's article on Women's March organizer Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs' talk.

From Frederick News Post:

Fashion designer and Women's March Youth Initiative Coordinator Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs began her speech to a standing-room audience at Gettysburg College in an unlikely way. She described herself as once being a "little girl from Trinidad who couldn't say her name properly" because of a speech impediment. But she continued that "being teased only made me stronger."

Her resilience led to a new life in the states at 19, where she pursued fashion design. St. Bernard-Jacobs founded a zero-waste clothing company called Tabii Just that uses surplus fabric from New York's garment district. 

St. Bernard-Jacobs called herself a "privileged bystander" — until the election of President Donald Trump galvanized her. Out of fear for her biracial son, and concern for herself as an immigrant, St. Bernard-Jacobs got involved with the Jan. 21 Women's March by developing a Youth Ambassadors program that got young people across the country involved with the event. As a mother of a young son, St. Bernard-Jacobs worked to get lactation stations along the march route as well.

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 03:26:30 EDT
Gettysburg College mentioned in Gettysburg Times Gettysburg College is mentioned in the Gettysburg Times' article on an upcoming comedy show with notable comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood. 

From Gettysburg Times:

Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, '"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take to the stage with their uproarious live improv show, The Scared Scriptless Tour. The show is coming to Gettysburg College's Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, on Friday May 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Known by TV audiences for their work on "Whose Line is it Anyway?", Colin and Brad improvise new material every night from audience suggestions and participation. "Interactive" in every sense of the word, Colin and Brad will take the audience on a comedic high-wire act just like a live version of Whose Line! Get ready for a night of non-stop laughter for all ages.

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 03:23:51 EDT