June media mentions

At Gettysburg College, our passionate community leans into important conversations. From our faculty and staff to our students and alumni, we witness experts, leaders, and innovators at work. They’re newsworthy in their endeavors and are recognized as such—consistently featured by both local and national media outlets.

From mid-May to mid-June, the College received more than 45 media hits, with 12 of them being national mentions. Each mention is a testament to the great work that happens here and in ripple effects across the world.

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

The Atlantic: ‘Gay Men Need a Specific Warning About Monkeypox’

Jim Downs standing near a stone wall
Gilder Lehrman NEH Chair of Civil War Era Studies and History Jim Downs

Gilder Lehrman NEH Chair of Civil War Era Studies and History Jim Downs wrote an op-ed for The Atlantic about the recent monkeypox outbreak and how a disproportionate number have shown up among gay and bisexual men. Downs also noted that while government officials are trying not to single out a group that endured terrible stigma at the height of America’s AIDS crisis, “tiptoeing around the issue carries its own risks.”

Penn Live: ‘Democrats will benefit from outrage over the Supreme Court draft to overturn Roe v. Wade’

Africana Studies Prof. Tyeshia Redden
Africana Studies Prof. Tyeshia Redden

Africana Studies Prof. Tyeshia Lashae Redden wrote an editorial piece for Penn Live, in which she explored the draft opinion that signaled the U.S. Supreme Court’s eventual overturn of Roe v. Wade. In the article, she argues that the stakes of the overturn extend far beyond reproductive rights, as the implicit right to privacy that Roe v. Wade rests upon can also be found in the legal reasoning of various other constitutional rights.

The Daily Mail: ‘Is he manly? Wait to see the whites of his eyes, American scientists insist’

Psychology Prof. Richard Russell

The U.K.’s Daily Mail highlighted Psychology Prof. Richard Russell and his recent research about little-known indicators that can dictate a man’s masculinity, including the whites of their eyes. Called the “sclera,” the white is yellower and redder in men, but bluer and greener in women, the article said, and we unconsciously notice the difference. Through various experiments, Russell and his colleagues found that people were much more likely to judge red-yellows tints as masculine and blue-green as feminine.

“People use sclera color as a cue for making sex-related judgments about faces. It’s not something that people are consciously aware of.”
– Psychology Prof. Richard Russell, The Daily Mail

Forbes: Creating a new musical with bestselling author Jodi Picoult

Kate Anderson ’09 (left) and Elyssa Samsel

Songwriter Kate Anderson ’09 was featured in a Forbes article about Jodi Picoult’s novel “Between the Lines” being turned into a musical, for which Anderson and Elyssa Samsel were asked to write the songs. “I fell out of my chair. And then I called Elyssa and ran ten blocks to her stoop. We held each other and cried,” Anderson said in the article. The musical opened off-Broadway at the Tony Kiser Theater in New York City on June 14.

The Times of Israel: ‘A Positive Light in a Dark Time: From Auschwitz to Philadelphia’

Jewish Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies Prof. Stephen Stern
Philosophy Prof. Steven Gimbel

Jewish Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies Prof. Stephen Stern and Philosophy Prof. Steven Gimbel co-wrote a blog for The Times of Israel, during which they used their stochastic approach to teaching as a jumping-off point—an approach in which uncertainty or randomness contributes to meaningful discussion and learning. Building upon this, throughout the article Stern and Gimbel shared several personal anecdotes of stochastic moments that show the interconnectedness of people and how answers and ideas can be found in the most unpredictable places.

“My job is not to indoctrinate, but rather to create an environment where engaged, thoughtful discussion may take place, perhaps leading to insights we can collectively discover. … My approach is stochastic. I create the context in which we learn, but not your conclusions.”
– Profs. Stephen Stern and Steven Gimbel, The Times of Israel

Media mentions by the numbers:

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

12 media mentions in national news outlets

6+ prominent mentions on the topic of athletic achievements

Four more stories worth reading:

  1. Former women’s lacrosse midfielder, Stephanie Colson ’19 is making her international debut with the Italian national women’s lacrosse team.
  2. “The Carnival,” a display of multimedia paintings by Sarah Jacobs ’06, is on display at the Majestic Theater’s art gallery through the end of August.
  3. Eisenhower Institute Executive Director Tracie Potts was featured in a Gettysburg Times column, in which the nonprofit @Home Alliance referenced a recent and fruitful conversation they had with Potts.  
  4. USA Lacrosse Magazine’s article, “Carol Cantele Couldn’t Script a Better Final Season,” highlighted the beloved women’s lacrosse coach’s journey at Gettysburg College, as an athlete and as a coach.

Come back next month for a new recap of monthly media mentions.

By Molly Foster
Photos by Shawna Sherrell, Miranda Harple, and courtesy of Kate Anderson ’09
Posted: 07/07/22

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