Dole Institute Closed noticeCLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY

The Dole Institute office and visitors gallery will be closed all day Thursday, November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving.


All programs are free and open to the public.

On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller
Richard Norton Smith, author & historian
Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
4 p.m. Dole Institute

Richard Norton Smith book on Nelson RockefellerAcclaimed historian, Richard Norton Smith, takes us inside his new biography of one of the most fascinating figures of the twentieth century, Nelson Rockefeller. Fourteen years in the making, and utilizing thousands of new documents, interviews and Rockefeller’s own writings, the book is the definitive work on this American icon. On His Own Terms.. is scheduled to be released on Oct. 21, 2014. This event includes a book sale and signing.


Join the Friends by Nov. 27th ......Friends of the Dole Institute invitation









Join the Friends of the Dole Institute at the $100+ annual giving level by November 27 and receive an invitation for two to the Eighth Annual Friends of the Dole Institute Dinner on December 11, 2014! Don’t miss the opportunity to dine with our each of our 2014 Post-Election Conference panelists, including journalists, pollsters, campaign strategists, and political consultants from both parties. Come hear their stories from the campaign and enjoy the benefits of membership throughout 2015.
To become a Friend, stop by the Dole Institute
and fill out a membership form, e-mail,
or call Clarissa Unger at (785)-864-1440.


East European Democracy & Russian Reemergence
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
7:30 p.m. Dole Institute

Ivan VejvodaGain valuable insights into the status of East European Democracy from Ivan Vejvoda, sr. vice president of programs for The German Marshall Fund of the United States. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain a quarter of a century ago, democracy has largely flourished in Eastern Europe. Hear some of the history and get an up-to-date assessment on the region, including a look at recent Russian actions. This program is cosponsored by KU's Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES).


The Great American Wheat Harvest

Conrad Weaver

Screening & Q & A
with documentarian,
custom harvesters, Jim and DeAnn Deibert

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
3 p.m. Dole Institute

Telling the story of families who travel from Texas to Canada custom harvesting wheat for our country and the world, award-winning filmmaker, Conrad Weaver, documents the inspiring heritage now threatened to be lost. Many Americans take for granted the way our food supply comes to us daily. Custom harvesters, Jim and DeAnn Deibert will share their perspectives. These harvesting families take risks and battle technological, economic and environmental challenge to feed millions. This event includes a film screening, Q &A session and DVD sale.


2014 Post Election Conference

Post Election Conference The Dole Institute’s nationally recognized post-election panel is back for the midterms. National strategists from both sides, exit pollsters and journalists from, and The Washington Post, just to name a few, will analyze the midterm election results and look ahead with early predictions for 2016. Come to one session or come to all! Just don’t miss this chance to hear from election experts.

10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Kansas Panel
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. National Panel, Session I
FRIDAY, Dec. 12
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. National Panel, Session II
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. National Panel, Session III
A full list of panelists will be available on our website
beginning  Monday, November 24.



Presentation & Program
Recipient: JOHN D. KEMP
Sunday, December 14, 2014
4:00 p.m. @ Dole Institute

John D. Kemp is the recipient of the 2014 Dole Leadership PrizeThe Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics is pleased to announce that it will honor president & CEO John D. Kemp of The Viscardi Center with the 2014 Dole Leadership Prize. The prize will be awarded at an interview-style program with Mr. Kemp, who uses his own life with a disability to inspire others to achieve the impossible through knowledge, experience, vision, personality, and persistence. Hear why Mr. Kemp is widely respected for his many achievements, both in the corporate and non-profit worlds. The Dole Leadership Prize is awarded annually to an individual or group whose public service leadership inspires others. Mr. Kemp has chosen to gift the $25,000 award to The Viscardi Center, a network of non-profit organizations that provides services that educate, employ and empower children and adults with disabilities.



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