The Eisenhower Institute

Environmental Leadership 2016-2017 Schedule

Key Dates: Discussions, Case Studies, Field Labs, & Research

Fall Semester

A)   Lectures, Discussions, and Research Prospectus: Each session begins with a lecture that introduces students to key concepts, followed by a directed discussion of the concepts and the assigned readings.  During the final Fall, 2016 session, student research teams (2-3 students per team) will present and defend their research prospectus for the Spring research trip.

1)      Competing Values and Environmental Policy Conflict: A lecture and discussion of the value-based judgments that fuel environmental policy conflicts.  (2 ½ hr. Session).

  • Assigned Reading, Fight for the Bay (Ernst), Chapter 1, “The Political Deadzone” (pp. 1-24).
  • Thursday, Sept 8, 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Eisenhower Institute Conference Room, Gettysburg College

2)     The Economics of Environmental Policy: A lecture and discussion regarding the economic considerations of environmental policy. (2 ½ hour session).

  • Assigned Reading, Fight for the Bay (Ernst), Chapter 2, “Mismanaging the Commons” (pp. 25-50).
  • Thursday, Sept 22, 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Eisenhower Institute Conference Room, Gettysburg College

3)     Environmental Policy Options: A lecture and discussion concerning environmental policy options (2 ½ session).

  • Assigned Reading, Chesapeake Bay Blues (Ernst), Chapter 2, “The Chesapeake Bay as a Political Dilemma” (pp. 31-50).
  • Thursday, Oct 13, 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Eisenhower Institute Conference Room, Gettysburg College

4)     Introduction to the Environmental Challenges of Bonaire: A film and discussion concerning environmental problems faced by the Island of Bonaire (2 ½ hour session).

  • Assignment, each student will chose one environmental facing Bonaire to research (students will give 10 minute briefs of their issue). Possible issues include (coral bleaching, Lion Fish control, sewage management, coastal development, impact of wild goats, energy production, salt manufacturing, protection of Bonaire’s Yellow Shouldered Amazon Parrot…)
  • Thursday, Nov. 10, 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Eisenhower Institute Conference Room, Gettysburg College

5)     Defense of Research Plans. At this important session, student research teams will explain the research issue they desire to study during the spring field trip, they will identify the key stakeholders they plan to interview (minimum of three), they will outline key experience that could promote their knowledge of the issue. Each research plan will follow the policy model discussed in detail in Chapter 2 of Chesapeake Bay Blues.

  • Assignment, each team will present their research plan (prospectus). Teams will be give 10 minutes to explain their plans and an additional 5 minutes to answer questions. Successful defense of research plans is a requirement for continuation of the program in the spring. 
  • Thursday, Dec. 1, 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Eisenhower Institute Conference Room, Gettysburg College  


Spring Term

B) Experiential Learning: This aspect of the program provides seminar participants with direct exposure to environmental problems and meaningful access to policy makers. These experiences enable students to apply what they learned in the fall and an opportunity to conduct environmental policy field work. Only students who fully participated in the seminar’s lectures and discussions in the fall and who successfully defended their research plans will be permitted to participate in the spring field work:

6)     Caribbean Planning Session #1: Students will discuss the interviews and experiences they plan to complete during the field experience.

  • Wed. January 25, 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Eisenhower Institute Conference Room, Gettysburg College

7)     Caribbean Planning Session #2: Students will discuss the interviews and experiences they plan to complete during the field experience.

  • Wed. February 15, 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Eisenhower Institute Conference Room, Gettysburg College

8)     Spring Break Field Experience (Caribbean): Working in small research teams, seminar participants will implement their pre-approved research plans.

  • Date and Time, Wed. March 10 – Sat. March 18

9)     Analysis workshop. Following the field experience, students will make use of this working session to organize their key findings and to create research slides.

  • Wed. March 29, 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Eisenhower Institute Conference Room, Gettysburg College

 10)     7th Annual Environmental Leadership Student Symposium: The student participants will present their research findings at the spring symposium. 

  • Wed. April 12, 5:30-8:00 (dinner provided)
  • Location TBD

11)     EI End of Year Celebration

  • Tues. April 25, 5:30pm
  • Gettyburg College, CUB Ballroom

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