Some of the biggest names in media, government, history, business and academia will serve on Gettysburg College’s honorary committee for the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.
The committee will support the College’s efforts to serve as the intellectual center of the Sesquicentennial -- both throughout the course of the four-year commemoration, and specifically during the year 2013, the 150th anniversary of the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation, Battle of Gettysburg and President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Tom Brokaw is one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism. He co-anchored the Today Show, was the anchor of NBC Nightly News and has conducted some impressive reporting, including an exclusive U.S. one-on-one with Russian President Gorbachev, reporting the night the Berlin Wall fell, and acting as the first American anchor to travel to Tibet to interview the Dalai Lama. Brokaw also authored five books, including the best-selling The Greatest Generation and most recently The Time of Our Lives.
Sam Donaldson is a longtime political reporter in Washington D.C. He has been a correspondent and anchor for ABC News for forty-four years, covering presidential campaigns, Capitol Hill, the White House, and more.
Ken Burns is an award-winning historical documentary filmmaker. His The Civil War was named one of the most influential documentaries of all time by Real Screen Magazine. Burns’ films have won 12 Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored Burns with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Stephen Lang is a renowned actor of stage and screen. He portrayed George Pickett in Gettysburg and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in Gods and Generals. He also starred in James Cameron’s Avatar, the highest grossing movie of all time, and Stephen Spielberg’s show Terra Nova.
Ronald F. Maxwell is an independent film director and writer. He is best known for writing and directing the American Civil War epics Gettysburg and Gods and Generals. Maxwell is a member of the Writers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Fred Fielding, a 1961 graduate and trustee of Gettysburg College, is a former counsel to Presidents George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. He has served on a number of governmental boards and commissions, including the 9/11 Commission. Fielding is a partner in the D.C. office of the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Presidential historian. Her “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” was a New York Times bestseller, and was awarded the Lincoln Prize. Goodwin, who formerly taught at Harvard, assisted President Lyndon Johnson during this his last year in office and helped him prepare his memoirs.
James McPherson is a Civil War historian and Princeton University Professor Emeritus. He has written or edited 25 books, such as “Battle Cry of Freedom,” which won a Pulitzer Prize. McPherson also won the Pritzker Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the field of military writing.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. He is editor-in-chief of TheRoot.com, a daily online magazine focusing on issues of interest to the African American community.
Patrick F. Noonan is founder and chairman emeritus of The Conservation Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving America's natural and historic heritage. A former president of The Nature Conservancy, he is a founder and former chairman of the American Farmland Trust. Noonan is a 1965 graduate and Trustee Emeritus of Gettysburg College.
Gabor Boritt is a Gettysburg College Professor Emeritus and founder of the College’s Civil War Institute. He has authored or edited 16 books, including The Gettysburg Gospel, which appeared on the cover of US News & World Report. Boritt received The National Humanities Medal from the President George W. Bush.
Jim Corkran is a 1969 graduate and Trustee Emeritus of Gettysburg College. He is a retired partner and director of Cottman Transmission Systems, Inc., and was formerly involved with the Eastern Pennsylvania Better Business Bureau.
Jim Thomas is a 1953 graduate and Trustee Emeritus of Gettysburg College. He is the former chairman and CEO of Bestfoods Baking Group.
Robert N. Duelks, ex officio, is a 1977 graduate and chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Gettysburg College.
Janet Morgan Riggs, ex officio, is a 1977 graduate, professor of psychology, and president of Gettysburg College.
Michael Birkner '72
Franklin Professor of the Liberal Arts; Professor of History
Jane North P'13
Executive Vice President
Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies; Director of the Civil War Institute
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
Assistant Director of Facilities for Service Response and Communications
Coordinator, Special Projects, President’s Office
Jeffrey Blavatt ‘88
Director of the Eisenhower Institute; Trustee Emeritus
Doug Brouder '83
Major Gift Officer, Capital Giving Office
Director of Schmucker Art Gallery; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art and Art History; Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies
Founding Executive Director of the Majestic Theater
Luce Professor of Civil War Era Studies; Professor of History
Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies
Director, Sunderman Conservatory of Music
Director, Garthwait Leadership Center
Associate Vice President, Government & Community Relations
Joe Lynch '85
Executive Director, Alumni Relations
Monique Mathews '06
Associate Director of Student Activities and First Year Programs
John O'Connor '82, P'11 & '12
Trustee, Gettysburg College; Attorney, Paradise Road Advisors
Dean of the Chapel, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
Paul Redfern '00
Executive Director, Communications & Marketing
Senior Assistant Director of Communications
Student, Class of 2013
Director of Special Collections & Archives
Student, Class of 2014
Jill Ogline Titus
Associate Director of the Civil War Institute
Associate Professor and Chair, Art & Art History
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