Eisenhower Institute Announces Programs for Spring 2019

The Eisenhower Institute is pleased to announce two additional programs for the Spring 2019 semester: Women and Leadership and Eisenhower in Gettysburg.

Women and Leadership will focus on the intersections among gender and leadership in a variety of sectors including government, business, media, law, politics, science, and athletics. Students will meet with women in leadership positions to discuss their career paths and how gender impacts decision-making and the experience of leadership.

“I am excited about this program because I think that learning in context is key, particularly in disciplines such as leadership,” said Dr. Anne Douds, the program leader for Women and Leadership. Before coming to Gettysburg College as Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Douds was a trial lawyer and policy consultant.

Throughout the program, participants will be expected to journal about their experience. At the end of the semester, students will deliver a final presentation on how Women and Leadership influenced their self-perception and what lessons and takeaways they will apply to their future experiences.

“I hope that participants will come away with a fuller understanding of their role in any organization, and in particular how they can become better, more informed leaders,” Douds said.

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Camp Colt, a tank training camp located on the Gettysburg battlefield during World War I, Eisenhower in Gettysburg will explore the impact that Gettysburg had on Eisenhower’s life and career as both a military leader and as 34th President of the United States.

“The two communities that meant the most to Dwight Eisenhower during his eventful life were Abilene, which launched him, and Gettysburg, his retirement home,” said Dr. Michael Birkner, Professor of History and a co-facilitator of the program along with Dr. Ian Isherwood and Dr. Amy Dailey.

“This program will explore various facets of Eisenhower’s Gettysburg life, with special emphasis on his role commanding Camp Colt in 1918 and his highly productive post-presidency,” said Birkner. “Eisenhower’s commitment to leaving his farm in better condition than he found it and his community spirit highlight his Gettysburg connection.”

Special focus will be placed on Eisenhower’s leadership at Camp Colt, his response to the Spanish Influenza in 1918, and the role his Gettysburg farm played during his presidency and retirement. During each module, students will be encouraged to make connections between Eisenhower’s leadership and the challenges our nation faces today.

Applications are currently being accepted until January 25, 2019. Gettysburg College students from any class year and major are encouraged to apply. Learn more about Women and Leadership and Eisenhower in Gettysburg at our application center.