Dr. F. William Sunderman, a member of the class of 1919, established the Henry M. Scharf Memorial Lecture on Current Affairs in 1977 to honor his long-time friend Henry Scharf. Scharf, a member of Gettysburg College's Class of 1925, was the builder of the Majestic Theater - a venue the Eisenhowers frequented while in Gettysburg.
Within the broad focus of "current events," the annual lectures have provided a podium for many distinguished speakers. In 2006, Susan Eisenhower spoke before the screening of the documentary film Why We Fight. The 2007 Scharf Lecture was given by former Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, now President of the U.S.-China Education Trust.