Every four years, my classes are riveted to the politics of winning the White House, and last year was no exception. Many of you may recall trekking down to Washington, D.C. for the inaugurations, watching Maya Angelou speak at Bill Clinton’s inauguration, or dodging the massive security at George W. Bush’s second inauguration. Or four years ago when we bought the gazebo at the center of campus and used it to register students, decorating it with bunting, handing out warm apple cider and gingerbread cookies, and blaring music to attract attention and get out the vote.
Last year we brought in Carl Cannon from RealClearPolitics on a regular basis to talk about the election—he even Skyped with us from both the Democratic and Republican nominating conventions to give us vivid behind-the-scenes stories of deal-making. Carl brought in his friends to talk, including Howard Fineman of MSNBC and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times. On election night, we had a massive all campus party in the CUB with never-ending pizza.
This year we’re focusing on the second term of the administration, from Syria to sequestration. And in my role as the Harold G. Evans Chair of Eisenhower Leadership Studies, I’ll be working with the Eisenhower Institute Undergraduate Fellows to host programs on U.S. Space Policy. We’re working with experts from NASA, the Pentagon, and private industry for our programs, and we will even have astronauts on campus. Servo is gearing up for space night with real astronaut freeze-dried ice cream.
Stop by and see me—and definitely drop me a note to say how you are doing.
Prof. Shirley Anne Warshaw received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University and her MGA from the Wharton School. She joined the Gettysburg College faculty in the political science department in 1986 and is currently the Harold G. Evans Chair of Eisenhower Leadership Studies. She is a frequent news commentator and author of nine books, most recently the Guide to the White House Staff (Congressional Quarterly Press).
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
Posted: Wed, 22 Jan 2014
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