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The Eisenhower Institute Undergraduate Fellows program offers a select group of Gettysburg College students the chance to develop their leadership skills and grow in their knowledge and understanding of public policy. They are responsible for developing and promoting a public policy theme with programming in both Gettysburg and Washington, D.C.
During the 2020-21 academic year, the Undergraduate Fellows will explore the Domino Theory and Eisenhower's Foreign Policy under the guidance of Prof. Brendan Cushing-Daniels, the Harold G. Evans Professor of Eisenhower Leadership Studies.
This theme examines the U.S. role in the attempted or successful overthrow of foreign governments that the U.S. considered too closely aligned with the Soviet Union. The year will be one of deep exploration of the historical record on the United States in three particular cases: Indonesia, Iran, and Guatemala. The countries are chosen to give broad geographic coverage, but also to allow us to explore how the U.S. and the world are still reaping what was sown many years ago. The program will include meetings with players in the D.C. political world including the foreign service, elected officials and their staffs, think tanks, and academics.
Opportunities experienced by past Undergraduate Fellows have included:
- Attending a luncheon with the White House Fellows
- Meeting with the CEO of the largest pharmaceutical trade group in the U.S.
- Hosting a Cabinet Member of the European Union Commissioner for Security Union in D.C.
- Moderating an on-campus discussion about environmental justice between an economist at the Environmental Protection Agency and an activist with Greenpeace
2019-2020 Undergraduate Fellows