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What is Ike’s Anvil?

Ike’s Anvil – a student foundry for political discussion – was created by the Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College to foster open discussion on current local, national, and global issues, and is run by and for Gettysburg students. Any Gettysburg College student is free to contribute.

How do I write for Ike’s Anvil?

If you are interested in contributing to Ike’s Anvil, please contact Rick Farwell of the Eisenhower Institute. All opinions are welcome, but all submissions will be reviewed and approved by student editors to ensure compliance with Gettysburg College’s standards.

What should I write about?

Anything that’s on your mind! Whether you would like to discuss a local or campus issue, weigh in on a topic of national debate, or bring attention to an international issue, we would like to hear from you.

Where does the name of the website come from? 

As a presidential legacy organization for President Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower, Ike’s Anvil gets its inspiration from the 34th President of the United States. Approached for the presidential nomination by both the Republican and Democratic party, Ike was known for his pragmatic, balanced, and moderate approach. Ike’s last name, Eisenhower, is German for “iron miner.” Iron is forged and shaped with an anvil. On Ike’s Anvil, political opinion and consensus are the materials in our foundry.

Why was Ike’s Anvil launched?

The mission of the Eisenhower Institute is to engage “leaders and learners for the purpose of addressing critical issues in public policy and leadership development.” We feel a foundry for open political discussion is a valuable tool for this goal.  In the closing statement of President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, Ike calls for an “alert and knowledgeable citizenry.” Open and honest debate is the first step in this process.

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