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Spring 2011 Speaker Series

Andrew Sullivan
"Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality"

Political blogger, author, and former editor of The New Republic Andrew Sullivan gave a lecture title "Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality," about the political and moral status of homosexuality on Feb. 22 at Gettysburg College. The lecture was presented by the Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College.

TidwellMike Tidwell: "Troubled Waters"
Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 7:30 PM
Gettysburg College, CUB Ballroom

Author and filmmaker Mike Tidwell spoke on February 1, 2011 at Gettysburg College as part of the Eisenhower Institute's Troubled Waters program.

Tidwell predicted in vivid detail the Katrina hurricane disaster in his award-winning 2003 book Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast. Tidwell has won four Lowell Thomas awards, the highest prize in American travel journalism, and is a former grantee of the National Endowment for the Arts. Tidwell will speak about his most recent documentary film - "We Are All Smith Islanders" - which details the dangers and solutions associated with global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C.

Fall 2010 Speaker Series

Richard Thornburgh
"The ADA: Twenty Years Later"
Constitution Day Lecture

On Tuesday, September 14, Gettysburg College and The Eisenhower Institute hosted former governor of Pennsylvania and former attorney general of the United States Richard Thornburgh for the annual Constitution Day Lecture. As part of Gettysburg College’s commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Gov. Thornburgh discussed his role in bringing the monumental act to fruition, the disability rights movement, and the future of the ADA.

Butch LumpkinJames Lumpkin: "Wings Where Arms Should Be"
ADA Lecture
Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 7:30 PM

Gettysburg College, CUB Ballroom

On Wednesday, September 15, Gettysburg College and The Eisenhower Institute will welcome James "Butch" Lumpkin to campus for a lecture entitled "Wings Where Arms Should Be." Butch Lumpkin is one of approximately 5,000 survivors of phocomelia, a medical condition in which babies are born with undeveloped limbs. Born with what he calls "short arms," he really has what amounts to no functional arms at all. Amazingly, Butch has learned to overcome his "disability" and excels at athletics, including soccer, tennis, and golf.


Jeff Sharlet
C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy

EI Lecture/Book-signing

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 7:30 PM
Gettysburg College, CUB, Room 260

Jeff Sharlet, a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing about the intersection of religion, politics, and culture since the mid-90s, will give a lecture on September 23 at Gettysburg College. His new book, C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, explores how certain groups fuel and fund political fundamentalism from within our government.

Juan Williams
13th Blavatt Lecture
Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 7:30 PM

Gettysburg College, CUB Ballroom

Juan Williams is one of America's leading political writers and thinkers. He is a political analyst for Fox Television, and a regular panelist for Fox News Sunday. In addition to prize-winning columns and editorial writing for The Washington Post, he has also authored six books.

Inaugurated in 1996, the Blavatt Lecture Series brings to the Gettysburg College Campus individuals whose professional experiences provide first-hand perspectives of the American political system.