January media mentions

Majestic Theater
The town of Gettysburg and the Majestic Theater were recently tagged must-see destinations in a pair of travel-based media outlets.

From expert opinions by faculty and staff to announcements of impactful events around campus, Gettysburg College made plenty of headlines in the opening month of 2023. The College received more than 40 media hits in January, including 10 in national news outlets.

Explore some of the top media mentions from the last month:

The Philadelphia Inquirer: ’What is college for? Gov. Shapiro raises the question. Higher ed leaders are listening’

Kermit O. Paxton and Renee A. Paxton Endowed Teaching Chair and English Prof. McKinley Melton delivers the Gettysburg Address to the Class of 2026.

In an article published by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Gettysburg College President Bob Iuliano stressed the importance of higher education. While attending the Yale Higher Education Leadership Summit, Iuliano said advanced education helps develop a “sense of commitment to the common good, the commonwealth.” He used Gettysburg’s annual tradition of the First-Year Walk as a prime example. Each fall, incoming first-year students march through the town following the same path undertaken by Abraham Lincoln prior to his delivery of the Gettysburg Address in 1863. That same iconic speech is delivered by a member of the faculty to the new students as they sit among markers from that long-ago struggle.

Fox43: ’Why does the State Museum of Pennsylvania have the remains of nearly 1,000 Native Americans

Fox43 interviewed English Prof. Stephanie Sellers for a piece documenting the number of Native American remains located in the Pennsylvania museum. Sellers, who teaches Indigenous literatures and topics in Native studies in the Women, Gender, and Sexualty Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies Departments, indicated these remains were taken from their original burial sites long ago. While some have been returned to their tribes of origin, other remains have not been identified as belonging to a federally-recognized tribe. The goal is to get the remains to where they belong, and according to Sellers, the process should start with a conversation between museums and tribal leaders. “The goal is healing—healing for Indigenous people, but also for their agency, that they have say over their peoples, their ancestors, objects and human beings that were stolen from them,” she said.

Wallet Hub: ’2023’s States with the Most Racial Progress

 Prof. Tieshia Lashae Redden
Africana Studies Prof. Tyeshia Lashae Redden

Africana Studies Prof. Tyeshia Lashae Redden was one of six experts interviewed by Wallet Hub for a story examining racial progress made by states. Redden addressed five questions pertaining to racial gaps in wealth, employment, education, property, and healthcare. Redden outlined the persistent issues that have existed for centuries and continue to manifest when new issues arise, such as college debt, home ownership, and COVID-19. Redden points to the need for comprehensive educational curriculums and partnerships with local authorities to bring about more extensive changes and progress.

“The states that have made the effective and progressive change have possessed a greater degree of political representation by African Americans.”
– Prof. Tyeshia Lashae Redden, Wallet Hub

Los Angeles Review of Books: ’The Afterlife of Slavery: On Carole Emberton’s “To Walk About in Freedom”

 Prof. Jim Downs
Gilder Lehrman NEH Chair of Civil War Era Studies and History Jim Downs

Gilder Lehrman NEH Chair of Civil War Studies and History Jim Downs provided a review of award-winning historian Carole Emberton’s work which details the story and emancipation of former slave Priscilla Joyner. Unlike other historical narratives which can be prone to interpretation from biased societal views, Emberton used original firsthand accounts and in-depth analysis of Black culture by experts to help tell Joyner’s pursuit of freedom. “She rediscovered, reframed, and reclaimed it, using careful historical analysis to allow Joyner to continue to walk about in freedom,” said Downs.

Media mentions by the numbers:

40+ media mentions featuring Gettysburg College faculty, staff, students, and alumni

10 media mentions in national news outlets

8 mentions highlighting faculty expertise

Four more stories worth reading:

  1. Renowned documentarian Ken Burns is headed to Gettysburg College and the Majestic Theater for “Who Are We?: A Festival Celebrating the Films of Ken Burns” on Feb. 10-12. Penn Live detailed the weekend’s festivities which includes showings of many of Burns’ works and a live discussion with Kevin Richardson of the Central Park Five.
  2. History Prof. Michael Birkner ’72 was recently quoted by Toronto’s The Globe and Mail in an article about classified documents found at the homes of President Trump and President Biden. Birkner, who has written about past presidents including James Buchanan and Dwight Eisenhower, noted most of the previous men to sit in the Oval Office were diligent in the disposition of documents.
  3. Ryan Woodward ’12, who serves as a mentor for the Eisenhower Institute’s Inside Washington Program, penned an article for Fire Engineering magazine recapping legislation passed by Congress that supported fire and emergency services last year and what legislation the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is currently advocating for over the next two years.
  4. The Gettysburg community was cited in a pair of travel articles recently. In “10 Small Towns near Washington D.C. You’ll Love Visiting,” by The Travel, the Gettysburg Battlefield and bevy of local antique shops, restaurants, and art galleries were mentioned as reasons to visit the area. Gettysburg received several mentions in Travel Lens’ article “80 Best Things to do in Pennsylvania,” including visiting The Majestic Theater, which is owned and operated by Gettysburg College, for a range of different performances and shows.

We’ll see you next month for a new list of monthly media mentions!

By Corey Jewart
Photos courtesy of Abbey Frisco
Posted: 02/07/23

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