Eisenhower expert David Nichols to present Constitution Day lecture Sept. 21

Dr. David Nichols, a leading authority on the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, will present the annual Constitution Day lecture on Sept. 21 at Gettysburg College. The lecture is presented by the Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College.

The 7:30 p.m. lecture, "Eisenhower 1956: The Suez Canal Crisis and War in the Middle East," will take place in the College Union Building's room 260, located along West Lincoln Avenue. The talk is free and open to the public.

Nichols, who received his Ph.D. in history from the College of William and Mary, will focus on his most recent book, "Eisenhower 1956: The President's Year of Crisis - Suez and the Brink of War," the story of how President Eisenhower guided the United States through the Suez Canal crisis of 1956.

Nichols' book draws on hundreds of documents declassified in the last 30 years, tracing Eisenhower's steps as he grappled with the greatest international crisis of his presidency. Nichols uses formerly "top secret" minutes of National Security Council and Oval Office meetings to illuminate a crisis that threatened to escalate into global conflict.

A distinctive program of Gettysburg College, the Eisenhower Institute engages leaders and learners for the purpose of addressing critical issues in public policy and leadership development.

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.

Contact: Nikki Rhoads, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Mon, 12 Sep 2011




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