Return to campus AND the classroom this year to explore history, politics, philosophy and more! This year’s courses feature a variety of classes taught by distinguished Gettysburg College faculty and fellow alumni. “Graduate” faculty include members of classes ranging from 1951 to 2000. All alumni are welcome at these sessions.
Don’t miss this opportunity to go “Back to School” (without having to fill out a Blue Book…) and be inspired by continuing to learn with fellow Gettysburgians.
For more information on Alumni College, contact Jamie Callahan, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at 717-337-6514 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tour of the New Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum
Take a preview tour of this iconic building, now a renovated state-of-the-art interactive museum. Built in 1832, Schmucker Hall (“Old Dorm”) was the first campus home of the Lutheran Theological Seminary and later served as a field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg. On July 1, 2013, the 150th anniversary of the first day of the battle, it will reopen as a museum interpreting three major areas of emphasis: the pivotal first day of the battle, which took place on Seminary Ridge; the care of the wounded in the building; and the moral, civic and spiritual debates of the Civil War era.
The Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum is a joint venture of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, the Adams County Historical Society and the Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation.
Transportation from the College campus will be provided. Optional Tours of the historic Cupola will be provided, $20 donation/person payable at the site.
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The History of the Battlefield of Gettysburg
David Booz, Adjunct Professor, Civil War Era Studies
What happened at Gettysburg after the guns stopped firing and the armies marched away? For the last 150 years this battlefield has evolved and the story of that evolution is fascinating. How did the monuments become such a major part of the battlefield? How did the National park Service gain control of the field? How has the field changed since you were a student here? Why is this scared ground? Come to this seminar and hopefully we can discover the answers to these questions together.
Dave is an adjunct instructor in the Civil War Studies Department. He served 31 years in public education, has taught at three different colleges, and has been at Gettysburg for six years. He has an extensive background in Civil War studies, has authored several articles and served on numerous national committees regarding the Civil War. His courses the last four years at Alumni College have been extremely popular.
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
How Is the Obama Administration Doing?
Shirley Anne Warshaw, Professor of Political Science and Harold G. Evans Chair of Eisenhower Leadership Studies
After four and half years in office, the Obama administration has had its share of successes and failures. We’ll look at how many of the original 2008 campaign promises have been moved forward, how difficult the relationship with Congress has been, and what the next three years look like for the administration. In particular, we’ll look at the control the White House has in policy making, at the simmering relations with Congress, at the expanding use of executive power, and foreign policy issues such as the use of drones and what to do with Guantanamo detainees.
Dr. Shirley Anne Warshaw received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. She joined the Gettysburg College faculty in Political Science in 1986 and is currently the Harold G. Evans Chair of Eisenhower Leadership studies. She is the author of nine books on presidential decision-making, most recently The Co-Presidency of Bush and Cheney (2009) and Guide to the White House (2013).
Ken Mott graduated in 1961 from Franklin & Marshall College, received an M.A. in Political Science from Lehigh University in 1962, and a PhD from Brown University in the same field in 1967. He has spent his entire professional career at Gettysburg College where he is Professor and former Chair of the Political Science Department. His principal academic interests are public policy, electoral politics, constitutional law, and civil rights and liberties.
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
A (New) Strategy For Appreciating Religious Traditions
Lou Hammann ’51, Professor Emeritus
According to Ludwig Wittgenstein, “Religion lends us powerful pictures that we can use to orient ourselves in the world but they can never be true or false in the way scientific propositions are.” This is a good place to start in the 21st century to find a place for religion in the human enterprise.
Lou '51, who earned his Master's of Divinity from Yale, Master's in Philosophy from Penn State, and his Ph. D. at Temple in "History of Religion," joined the faculty in 1956 and taught for 52 years. He is the author of Religious Traditions and the Limits of Tolerance; Religion and Mythology: Married of Necessity, and Is That All There Is? A Philosopher "looks at" Religion. He has also written numerous articles and papers, all the while making a lasting impact on several generations of Gettysburg students. He first "retired" in 1997 and earned the title of Professor of Religion, Emeritus, but then served as an Adjunct professor in the Philosophy department from 1998 to 2008. Currently he is a member of the ecologically sustainable Hundredfold Farm, a self-proclaimed political agitator, and so forth.
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Here There Be Monsters
Nolan R. Walborn ’66, Astronomer
The title was inscribed over the Atlantic Ocean in ancient mariners' maps. It also applies well to the Universe. Topics that will be illustrated with Hubble Space Telescope and other images include supermassive black holes in galactic nuclei (including ours), their titanic explosions producing jets millions of lightyears long, colliding/merging galaxies (including ours with Andromeda in a few billion years), and galactic cannibalism in cluster cores. Some of the most distant galaxies known will be shown, as well as the re-acceleration of the Universe, for the discovery of which Adam Riess of the Space Telescope Science Institute and Johns Hopkins University shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Nolan Walborn is a native of Pennsylvania but lived in Argentina for 8 years prior to graduating from the American Community High School in Buenos Aires. He did his undergraduate studies at Gettysburg College with a major in physics, followed by graduate work at the Yerkes Observatory of the University of Chicago, where he obtained his PhD in astronomy in 1970. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the David Dunlap Observatory of the University of Toronto, he returned to Latin America for an 8-year staff appointment at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. Following a National Research Council senior fellowship at the Goddard Space Flight Center, he joined the Space Telescope Science Institute in 1984, where he is currently a member of the senior scientific staff and an Instrument Scientist for the spectrographs on the Hubble Space Telescope. His research interests are the optical and ultraviolet spectra of hot, massive (OB-type) stars and the giant nebulae of the Galaxy and the Magellanic Clouds in which they are formed.
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
The Wines of France: A Study & Tasting Tour
Joe Lynch, Sr. P '85, Wine Consultant, Total Wine & More
This course will look across the Atlantic and "visit" the wineries of France, which have developed an international following, especially with its world-famous port wines. The course will include an overview of the French wine region, as well as offer “students” the opportunity to taste and discuss a variety of wines from the country, including port. Come ready to take notes, learn and sip. Participants must be 21 or older.
Joe earned a B.S. in chemistry from Philadelphia University in 1952. He was employed by E.I. Dupont for 40 years in Development and Marketing Management of Textile Fibers. Currently, he is a fine wine consultant and journalist for Total Wine & More, a retail chain of 35 stores in six eastern states. He has traveled extensively to major wine regions of the world and has also "taken" Alumni College classes to Australia, Chile, Italy, Spain, South America, California, New Zealand and the Pacific Northwest over the last decade.
Activities for this annual-favorite course will include tours of the Gettysburg College Observatory and our local night sky. We'll start with a look at the array of equipment used in our astronomy survey courses, upper-level lab courses, and student-faculty research. Weather permitting, you'll see how we use our larger optical and radio telescopes to acquire the data that informs our labs and research projects. We will also have smaller telescopes and binoculars set up to observe a few seasonal favorites and give you some pointers to guide yourself around the night sky. This promises to be an exciting and unique Gettysburg alumni experience, so come out and interact with the astronomy faculty. Please note astronomical observatories are purposefully remote; as part of the course takes place outdoors please plan your attire accordingly.
Michael received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. He was a co-investigator with Project CLEA (1993 - 2000) and is also an active amateur astronomer with interests in both optical and radio observations. He came to Gettysburg College in 1989 as an instructor of physics and has taught a variety of astronomy and physics labs. He is currently the program manager for the department's 21-cm radio telescope, and since 1996, the director of infrastructure and operations at Gettysburg College.
Dick graduated from Gettysburg College in 1965 and received his M.Ed. from Western Maryland College. He served as a mathematics/ computer science teacher at the New Oxford High School for 22 years and a computer coordinator for the Conewago Valley School District for five years. Cooper served as an astronomy lab instructor at Gettysburg College for 13 years and as a co-investigator on Project CLEA (Contemporary Laboratory Experiences in Astronomy) since 1992.
Larry earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1971; that same year he joined the Gettysburg faculty. He has been a visiting professor at Boston University (1987 and 1995) an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ (2002), and a visiting scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (1986, 1994, and 2001) and Yale University (1980). In 1998 he received a distinguished Teaching Award from Gettysburg College. Marschall's areas of research include observational studies of binary stars (very young stars), supernovas and recently, asteroids. He is also known among astronomers for his work in astronomy education, both in promoting the use of electronic cameras for undergraduate research at small observatories and in directing the College's Project CLEA (Contemporary Laboratory Experiences in Astronomy), which develops innovative computer exercises in astronomy. Marschall is the author of The Supernova Story, as well as more than 40 articles in professional journals.
Friday, May 31, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Safe Social and Smartphone Networking
Rod Tosten ’85, Vice President for Information Technology, Professor of Computer Science
Social Networking sites and smart phones have replaced many traditional communities in our lives. Many users and especially younger users are not aware of the timeless and public nature of these new social communities. Negative impacts from bad decisions linger indefinitely within these communities. Everyone is making life decisions without full awareness of the costs and benefits of current social networking trends. The single outcome of this safe social networking course is for participates to make informed choices about their engagement and citizenship in their new virtual social networking communities. We will cover the common pitfalls and best practices related to the use of such popular social networking sites as FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram. We also will cover the current best practices with email, smart phone, and App usage.
Rod graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Mathematics in 1985 and returned in 1990 to teach computer science in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Rod works with local school districts aiding them in developing safe social networking awareness programs for their students. Rod is also a certified Pennsylvania State Inspection Mechanic. For relaxation, Rod is involved with woodworking, archery, and model railroading.
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Topics in Finance: Markets, Investors, Current Events and what it means for your Portfolios
Drew Murphy ’84, Adjunct Professor of Economics
The last two decades have seen two financial bubbles-bursts, the collapse of traditional ideas of portfolio management and the people that manage our affairs. With the world’s Central Banks offering the most accommodative policy in history interest rates are negative on a real-return basis; stock markets are highly volatile but have offered virtually no return since the 2000 highs. This course will tackle current events and offer perspectives on what are “optimized portfolios”, how to think as a “rational investor” and strategies to minimize costs, risks in portfolio construction.
Drew is an Economics major. A habitual entrepreneur Drew founded InSource Group Inc., a wholesale operation financial services business. He also founded E3 Consulting, the largest Executive Compensation and Benefits Consulting firm in the Mid-Atlantic region. Since 2007, Drew has been teaching Finance at Gettysburg.
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Contemporary Art: Current Issues and Recent Exhibitions
Shannon Egan, Director, Schmucker Art Gallery and Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies
This course will provide an overview of current trends in contemporary art. Particular attention will be given to recent and upcoming exhibitions at Gettysburg College’s Schmucker Art Gallery, including works by well-known artists Kara Walker, Judy Chicago, Glenn Ligon and Andy Warhol.
Shannon Egan received her M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Art from Johns Hopkins University and her B.A. in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, she is Director of the Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College, where she curates exhibitions of contemporary and historical art. She is the author of articles on photographers Edward S. Curtis and Jeff Wall, and An American Art: Edward S. Curtis and The North American Indian, a book-length manuscript examining Curtis’s photography in the early twentieth century. She teaches courses at Gettysburg College on contemporary art, the history and theory of photography, twentieth-century European art, and art and public policy. Shannon also serves as Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Remembering the Great War
Ian Isherwood ’00, Assistant Director, Civil War Institute
2014 marks the centennial of the First World War. This imperial conflict involved millions of soldiers worldwide and had ramifications throughout the twentieth century. This class will give an overview of the causes, conduct, and consequences of the First World War focusing on the experiences of soldiers who fought in it from different theatres and different perspectives. The intention is for students to learn something about a conflict in which many veterans wanted remembered as the Great War for Civilization.
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
1,000 to 1: An Outsider’s and Insider’s Views of the Film Shoot at Gettysburg College
James Udden, Associate Professor of Film Studies
Jeff Williams, Instructor in Video Production
Last fall, 1,000 to 1, a film about Cory Weissman, was shot on the campus of Gettysburg College. This course will give you the inside scoop on how this production transpired, seen through the eyes of Jim Udden, the film studies professor who merely observed close by, and Jeff Williams, our production instructor who actually worked on the set. In short, you will get both an “outsider’s” and “insider’s” views on the making of this film.
Dr. James Udden received his Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 2003. Since fall of 2003, he has been the only full-time professor of film studies at Gettysburg College. His area of specialty is Asian cinema, and has published the first book-length monograph on the Taiwanese director, Hou Hsiao-hsien, entitled, No Man an Island: the Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien. He is currently working on a second book about how both Iran and Taiwan starting in the 1980s improbably became the hottest national cinemas on the international film festival circuit.
Mr. Jeffery M. Williams received his Master’s Degree from McDaniel College in 2008. Mr. Williams is in his first year of teaching video production at Gettysburg College. This is a hands on course teaching basic video production skills. Prior to teaching at Gettysburg, Mr. Williams had been an Art educator in the public school system for over twenty years teaching grades K – 12. In addition to his years of teaching, Mr. Williams was a freelance photographer/videographer working for several colleges as the football video coordinator. He was fortunate to intern with the Baltimore Ravens film crew while earning his Master’s degree and as the staff videographer for the Leonard Bernstein Foundation.
Some people believe that the Bible we use today merely fell out of heaven in its present form. But nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, the Bible stands at the end of a long process of selection, transmission, and translation. But what books were excluded, and why were others included in the canon of the Bible? How were these writings passed down through the centuries? And why are there so many different translations of the Bible into English? These and other questions will be addressed in this session led by Prof. Charles (Buz) Myers of the Religious Studies Department of Gettysburg College, who will look at exactly how we came to have the Bible that we know and love. You will not want to miss this session.
The Rev. Dr. Charles (Buz) Myers holds a B.A. degree from Duke University plus an M.Div. degree and a Ph.D. degree in New Testament language and literature from Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Myers currently serves as Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Gettysburg College, a position he has held for more than twelve (1995-2005, 2009-present) years. Before arriving at Gettysburg College in 1986 Dr. Myers taught biblical studies courses at Princeton Seminary, at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and at Swarthmore College.
While at Gettysburg Prof. Myers has been honored three times with the Student Senate's “Faculty Appreciation Award” for excellence in teaching (1988, 1990, 2001). He was also held the “Edwin T. and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Distinguished Teaching Chair” (2002-2005). In the fall of 2011 Dr. Myers became the inaugural recipient of the “Dr. Ralph Cavaliere Teaching Award,” which was determined by a vote of the Gettysburg College student body.
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
But Is It Crazy Enough? How We Know What We Know
Eric Remy, Director, Instructional Technology and Training
We live in a society that increasingly relies on science and technology to survive, yet if you check the news it seems like it’s impossible to learn what’s actually happening. Is the Earth warming? Do vaccines cause autism? Do video games lead to violence? In this brief excerpt from a First Year Seminar offered at Gettysburg, we’ll look at some issues and ask if we can know the truth, what’s true if we can and explore how we know what we know.
Dr. Eric Remy is the Director for Instructional Technology at Gettysburg College. He received his Ph.D in physical chemistry from Stanford in 1994 and has been working in instructional technology since the mid-1990 when web browsers had version numbers starting with 0. He has a special interest in game-based learning and uses them extensively in the first-year-seminar this class is excerpted from. He lives in Gettysburg with his wife and two children and spends his spare time playing guitar and cursing the suburban light pollution that makes it hard to use his telescopes.
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Responses to Climate Change: the Road Ahead
Will Lane ’82, Lecturer in English and Director of the Writing Center
Drawing on material from his First-Year Seminar, Food, Water, Shelter, Song: Staying Human on a Planet in Transition, and on poems and songs from a recent collection entitled Blue Planet Waltz, Professor Lane will explore the current state of the human-earth relationship and lead a discussion of options for coping with climate change.
Will Lane has taught at Gettysburg College since 1995. He holds an M.A. from the Graduate Institute at St. John’s in Annapolis and has published several volumes of poetry, most recently In the Barn of the God from Mad River Press in Richmond, Massachusetts. He directs the College’s Writing Center and first-year writing program and currently specializes in teaching courses related to writing about public issues.