The Eisenhower Institute

Inside Politics

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Fall 2017 Inside Politics Program Application.
Deadline to apply is
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM!

Program Objective

Inside Politics students tour NBC's 'Meet the Press' studio

Inside Politics is the Eisenhower Institute's semester-long mentoring experience on campus at Gettysburg College and in Washington, D.C. designed for students from diverse academic disciplines to identify and understand the “story behind the story” of political parties, campaigns, the American presidency, Congress, and public perceptions of contemporary public policy matters. Inside Politics provides a select group of Gettysburg College students with distinct learning opportunities and access to high profile, influential public servants and policymakers. Inside Politics students also contribute to the blog Ike's Anvil, a student-run foundry for political discussion. Inside Politics' Expert-in-Residence is journalist, speech writer, presidential historian, and the Institute's Norris Fellow Kasey S. Pipes.


Kasey Pipes, Norris Fellow

Kasey S. Pipes is a biographer and historian. His first book, Ike’s Final Battle: The Road to Little Rock and the Challenge of Equality was released in February 2007 by World Ahead Publishing and became an national bestseller. The Wall Street Journal praised the book as a “highly readable and credible account of Eisenhower’s struggle with race and civil rights” and George F. Will called it a “mind-opening book.” Kasey’s political writings have appeared in Politico,, Townhall Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, World Magazine and He is currently a special contributor to The Dallas Morning News where he regularly writes book reviews. Pipes has also appeared on C-SPAN, Bloomberg Television, and Fox News.

Previously, Kasey spent ten years in politics as a communications and policy advisor. In 2006, he served as chief campaign speechwriter to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Prior to that, he served President George W. Bush for five years. In 1999, he began writing speeches for the Bush for President Campaign. From 2001-03 he wrote speeches for The White House and later in 2004, he was chief author of the National Republican Party Platform. Before joining President Bush’s staff, Kasey served as senior legislative assistant and director of communications for Congresswoman Kay Granger. He began his career as a college intern in the California office of former President Ronald Reagan.


Program Components

The program is divided into three complementary parts:

  • Lectures/interactive sessions that provide participants with the insightful perspectives and information necessary to understand politics and policy development
  • A research project that enables participants to research a specific policy issue selected by each participant
  • A participant-run Inside Politics Student Symposium in which seminar participants present the key findings from their research


Required Reading

  • “Graduation Speech to Gettysburg College Class of 2008,” Fred Fielding
  • “Graduation Speech to Fordham University Class of 2006,” Chris Matthews
  • Ike’s Final Battle, Kasey Pipes
  • “What is Leadership?” (Reader’s Digest article), Dwight Eisenhower
  • Hardball, Chris Matthews
  • Enough, Juan Williams [optional]


Fall 2017 Program Schedule



300 N Washington St, Box 2988
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400
Tel 717.337.6685 Fax 717.337.8459

818 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
Tel 202.628.4444 Fax 202.628.4445