David Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN who has served as an adviser to four U.S. presidents, he is a professor of public service and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2000, he published the best-selling book, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton.
James Fallows is a national correspondent for and 25-year veteran of The Atlantic and a former speechwriter for Jimmy Carter. He is also an instrument-rated pilot and a one-time program designer at Microsoft. He was a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times, winning once. He has won the American Book Award and a New York Emmy. In addition to being a former editor of U.S. News & World Report, he is also the founding chairman of the New America Foundation.
Dana Priest is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The Washington Post. She has covered the invasion of panama and the Kosovo War, reported from Iraq, and traveled widely with the U.S. Army. She is also a contributor to CBS News and "60 Minutes." Her widely acclaimed book about the military's expanding responsibility and influence, The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace With America's Military, earned the New York Public Library Bernstein Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in non-fiction.
Evan Thomas is a veteran journalist who recently left Newsweek after nearly a quarter-century as the magazine's lead writer on major news stories and the author of many longer features. He has been a regular weekly panelist on the syndicated public affairs talk show, "Inside Washington." He has appeared on numerous television shows as a commentator, including PBS's "Charlie Rose" and "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." Already the author of six books, he is concentrating on teaching journalism at Princeton University and writing. He is currently working on a biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The EI 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. Fellows serve on the Eisenhower Institute's College Advisory Council, act as liaisons for assigned Institute events at both locations, and serve as hosts for campus visitors. Students engage fully in the planning and promotion of specific programs and projects. They are responsible for selecting, developing, and promoting a public policy theme with programming in both Washington and in Gettysburg.
David Gergen served as moderator for this panel discussion.