Conversations Beneath the Cupola Podcast

A Gettysburg College podcast hosted by President Bob Iuliano

Conversations Beneath the Cupola
Available on Apple, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and YouTube.

Conversations Beneath the Cupola is a podcast where we underscore the great work of students, faculty, and alumni today and since our founding in 1832, while bringing attention to the importance and value of a liberal arts education in the 21st century.

This podcast is recorded beneath the Cupola of historic Pennsylvania Hall, which served as a vantage point for Union soldiers during the Civil War. Today, the Cupola serves as a significant reminder of how this institution, with this distinct vantage point, affords us the responsibility and opportunity to shape future generations for living lives of meaning and service.

Host: Robert W. Iuliano, President of Gettysburg College

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Episode 15: The Confederate monument controversy with Chris Gwinn ’06 and Prof. Scott Hancock

Ian Isherwood giving a lecture at the Gettysburg Battlefield

In Episode 15, President Iuliano is joined by two members of the Gettysburg College community: Chris Gwinn ’06, a supervisory park ranger for interpretation and education at Gettysburg National Military Park, and Professor of Africana studies and history Scott Hancock. Together, they unpack the Confederate monument controversy, particularly in the context of the Gettysburg battlefield.

September 30, 2020

Episode 14: Building a racially just society with Bruce Gordon ’68

Bruce Gordon ’68 speaking from podium

In episode 14, President Bob Iuliano and Bruce Gordon ’68, former President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, discuss the work that remains before us, both within higher education and beyond, to build a racially just society.

August 5, 2020

Episode 13: What being a “Gettysburgian” means to members of the Class of 2020

Graduate with a cap and tassle at a Commencement ceremony

In episode 13, President Bob Iuliano and three members of the Class of 2020—Darby Nisbett, Jason Sinsheimer, and Jazmin Reynoso Ortiz—define what it means to be a “Gettysburgian” by reflecting on their time at Gettysburg College, sharing the lessons they learned, memories of the people and moments that shaped them, and more.

May 15, 2020

Episode 12: The biology and genetics of COVID-19 with Prof. Steve James ’80

Headshot of Steve James '80

In episode 12, President Bob Iuliano and Biology Prof. Steve James ’80 discuss the biology and genetics of COVID-19, its origins, how properties of the virus are affecting the development of a vaccine, and other related topics.

May 11, 2020

Episode 11: Working on the frontlines of COVID-19 with Melissa Zook ’94

Headshot of Melissa Zook '94

In episode 11, President Bob Iuliano and family practice physician Melissa Zook ’94 discuss the strain that COVID-19 has put on essential workers and the healthcare system, particularly in rural Kentucky, where Zook works and lives.

May 4, 2020

Episode 10: The ethical dilemmas presented by COVID-19 with Prof. Steve Gimbel

Headshot of Steve Gimbel

In episode 10, President Bob Iuliano and Philosophy Prof. Steve Gimbel discuss the many ethical dilemmas presented by COVID-19, particularly for physicians who are facing difficult decisions under conditions of great uncertainty.

April 24, 2020

Episode 9: The liberal arts: a foundation for purpose and success with Troy Datcher ’90

Headshot of Troy Datcher '90

In Episode 9, President Bob Iuliano and Troy Datcher ’90, senior vice president and chief customer officer at Clorox, discuss how the liberal arts prepares students to find purpose and success, while making a difference in the world. Datcher reflects on the key skills and lessons he learned at Gettysburg College and how what he learned has helped guide him on his personal and professional journeys.

April 17, 2020

Episode 8: COVID-19’s effects on local and national elections with Bruce Larson

Headshot of Professor Bruce Larson

In Episode 8, President Iuliano and Bruce Larson, chair and professor of political science at the College, make sense of how the COVID-19 outbreak has and will continue to impact ongoing primary elections across the country, how the current administration’s response to the health crisis today may affect the presidential election in November, and more.

April 10, 2020

Episode 7: COVID-19’s effects on the economy with macroeconomist Char Weise

Headshot of Professor Char Weise

In Episode 7, President Iuliano and Char Weise, a macroeconomist and Prof. of Economics, discuss the effects the COVID-19 outbreak has had on the economy, what the U.S. government could have done differently, and how long the reverberations may last.

April 3, 2020

Episode 6: COVID-19’s effects on vulnerable populations with social epidemiologist Amy Dailey

Headshot of Professor Amy Dailey

In Episode 6, President Iuliano and Dailey, a social epidemiologist and Health Sciences Prof., discuss the short-term and long-term effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on vulnerable populations.

March 27, 2020

Episode 5: The College’s transition to remote learning amid COVID-19 with Jocelyn Swigger, Ryan Kerney, and Rod Tosten.

Student working remotely with laptop and textbook

In Episode 5, President Robert Iuliano explores how the College is making the transition to a remote learning platform for the remainder of the spring semester amid the global health crisis. He is joined by Sunderman Conservatory of Music Prof. and Chair of the Faculty Council Jocelyn Swigger, Prof. of Biology Ryan Kerney, and VP of Information Technology and Prof. of Computer Science Rod Tosten.

March 20, 2020

Episode 4: The lasting impact of First-Year Seminars with Professors Darren Glass and Kathy Cain

Students sitting at their desks in a first year seminar

In Episode 4, Glass, Cain, and two first-year students—Katherine Schmitz ’23 and Demaro Ricketts ’23—highlight the innovative nature, purpose, and lasting impact of the College’s First-Year Seminar program.

March 14, 2020

Episode 3: The breadth and depth of student involvement with Ben Pontz ’20

Benjamin Pontz '20

In Episode 3, President Bob Iuliano and guest Ben Pontz ’20 discuss the breadth and depth of opportunities and experiences that students can pursue at Gettysburg College. Specifically, they unpack Pontz’s immersive Gettysburg College experience as Pontz reflects on his most memorable moments thus far.

January 13, 2020

Episode 2: The legacy of Dwight Eisenhower with Susan Eisenhower

Susan Eisenhower

In this episode, President Bob Iuliano and guest Susan Eisenhower discuss the legacy of Dwight Eisenhower at Gettysburg College through the lens of the Eisenhower Institute, the state of the current political climate, and Eisenhower’s new book.

December 5, 2019

Episode 1: The future of liberal arts education with Lawrence Bacow

Lawrence Bacow

In this debut episode, President Robert Iuliano discusses higher education, the liberal arts, and the future with Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow.

October 30, 2019