The Eisenhower Institute promotes nonpartisan discourse and critical analysis of issues of long-term importance through a variety of initiatives, including its undergraduate programs, which are led by expert scholars and practitioners in areas ranging from strategic leadership and environmental policy to civil rights and the Middle East. These programs enhance students’ academic experience at Gettysburg College by providing practical connections to topics of policy study.

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2020-21 Programs

Eisenhower Institute programs are open to Gettysburg College students from all majors and class years. Participants must be enrolled at the College for the duration of the program. There is no fee for participating in Eisenhower Institute programs.

During the 2020-21 year, all programs will be available to students on campus or remotely. Most components will take place virtually and accommodations will be made for remote learners at in-person sessions.

Fall Semester Programs

Apply by Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Washington Connections* is a semester-long experience that provides students with a deeper understanding of the American political system, equips them with skills to engage as members of a civic community, and prepares them for lives and careers as agents of change. In fall 2020, participants will focus on the issues at play in the 2020 Elections and their significance for American democracy.

  • Environmental Leadership* provides a small group of students with a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of key factors behind environmental policy conflicts. Participants are introduced to major concepts necessary to understand environmental ethics, economics, and policy, then apply these to a series of case studies. 

Full-Year Programs

Apply by Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Strategy and Leadership in Transformational Times is a yearlong specialized seminar that introduces students to the concepts of strategic thinking and leadership. Under the direction of Susan Eisenhower, SALTT participants use case studies to examine the tenets of strategic thinking and how it can be used to address rapidly changing political, social, and business environments. 

  • Contours of the Middle East exposes students to a broad and balanced range of the socio-economic, political, and cultural developments that are transforming the region today. Contours will feature a series of topical discussions, including presentations by foreign policy professionals with decades of expertise in their fields.

Spring Semester Programs

Apply by Friday, December 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Inside Civil Rights examines contemporary civil rights issues through the lens of the past, and specifically from the context of Gettysburg and Little Rock. The program focuses on some watershed moments of civil rights discourse to critically examine the progress (or lack thereof) towards civil rights in the United States.

  • Women and Leadership explores intersections among gender and leadership in government, business, law, science, and more. Participants develop their own leadership skills while engaging in interactive sessions with practitioners who discuss their career paths and how gender impacts decision-making and leadership in their professional environments. 

  • Washington Connections*

  • Environmental Leadership* 

Senior Programs

Fellows for 2020-21 were selected in spring 2020.

*Programs that are offered in both fall and spring semesters.

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