Dr. Yanek Mieczkowski, professor and History Department chair at New York's Dowling College, will discuss his latest book, Eisenhower's Sputnik Moment: The Race for Space and World Prestige (2013). His talk will focus on President Dwight D. Eisenhower's response to the launch of the world's first satellite, the "Space Race" and America's global image during the Cold War, and the clash between Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy over sending men to the moon.
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.
Dr. Yanek Mieczkowski, professor and History Department chair at New York's Dowling College, authored his latest book, Eisenhower's Sputnik Moment: The Race for Space and World Prestige (2013). Dr. Mieczkowski has also authored two previous books on the presidency, Gerald Fold and the Challenges of the 1970s(2005) and The Routledge Historical Atlas of Presidential Elections (2001).