Dec 6, 2010


Contact: Jane Kratovil
202/628-4444 or 703/626-2650

WASHINGTON, DC, December 1, 2010 – On January 18, 2011 the Newseum will host a panel discussion on the historic and contemporary relevance of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s famous Farewell Address. Co-sponsored with the Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College and the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, the panel will be led by David Gergen of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Panelists will include: James Fallows of The Atlantic; Dana Priest of The Washington Post; and Evan Thomas of Newsweek. The program will also air Eisenhower’s original speech in which he warned of the “unwarranted influence” of a “military industrial complex.” The speech, delivered on January 17, 1961, was his last before leaving office after serving two terms as president.

“Visitors to the Newseum are reminded that historic news events frequently provide a glimpse into the future,” said Charles L. Overby, chief executive officer of the Newseum. “We have a better understanding of the importance of Eisenhower’s speech today than we did 50 years ago.”

“Eisenhower’s Farewell Address was prescient. In fact, many of his concerns and observations still ring true today,” noted Eisenhower Institute Director Jeffrey Blavatt. “The Newseum is a marvelous backdrop for this appraisal.”

Karl Weissenbach, Director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, observed: “Eisenhower is consistently placed among the top 10 in presidential ranking polls, and I believe the foresight he expressed in the Farewell Address is a contributing factor.”

Susan Eisenhower, public policy analyst and granddaughter of the former president, will provide introductory remarks prior to the speech’s screening and the subsequent panel discussion and audience questions. The reception, catered by Wolfgang Puck, and the event will be open to the public. Registration is required as seating is limited.

For more information, please contact Jane Kratovil of the Eisenhower Institute at 202-628-4444 or Rick Farwell at

About the Newseum

The Newseum — a 250,000-square-foot museum of news — offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. Within its seven levels of galleries and theaters, the Newseum offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made.

About the Eisenhower Institute

The Eisenhower Institute is a distinctive program of Gettysburg College with offices in Washington DC and on the campus of Gettysburg College. The Eisenhower Institute exposes rising generations of students to top-level dialogue among policy-makers, and fosters fact-based discourse on issues of critical concern to the nation. Through its Eisenhower Undergraduate Fellows program it also promotes leadership development for competitively selected students. More information is available online at

About the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum

The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, a nonpartisan federal institution, is part of the Presidential Libraries network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. It preserves and provides access to historical materials, supports research, and creates interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire the public. More information is available online at


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