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Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence to lead trip to Gettysburg



INDIANAPOLIS — The Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence at Indiana University will lead a two-day trip to Gettysburg to explore leadership perspectives within the context of what was the bloodiest battle and a turning point in the Civil War.

 Members of the public as well as the IU community may register for the trip, which takes place Sept. 22 and 23, by contacting the Tobias Center at 317-278-2800,, or visit the Tobias Center website. The trip is limited to 25 partipcants.

 The cost of the trip is $1,130 and includes round-trip airfare from Indianapolis to Baltimore; motorcoach transportation to and from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to Gettysburg and on ground as needed; lunch and dinner Thursday; breakfast, lunch and dinner Friday; overnight hotel accommodations at the historic Gettysburg Hotel; and entry to the museum, cyclorama, battlefield, site of Gettysburg Address and cemetery.

The trip features a unique program about the battle, led by Peter Carmichael, director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Participants will walk the battlefield, stand on the site where President Abraham Lincoln gave his immortal Gettysburg Address and end their visit at the National Cemetery.

The Civil War Institute engages with Gettysburg College students, general audiences, graduate students and scholars in a dialogue about Civil War history through an interdisciplinary approach dedicated to public interpretation, historic preservation, public policy, teaching and academic research.

The trip offers the opportunity to examine the battle from the viewpoint of an ordinary soldier on the ground as well as the generals; hear about the unintended consequences of decisions made during the battle; and learn about the importance of communication and transparency. Participants also will examine how the war’s objectives moved from keeping the country united to emancipation, the impact that had on the war’s political objectives; and the impossibility of separating military strategy from those political objectives.