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 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 Amazon.com 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, realclearpolitics.com, Townhall Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, World Magazine and FoxNews.com. 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.
The program is divided into three complementary parts: