Fall 2014 Programs

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2014 Journalism & Politics Lecture
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
7:30 p.m. Dole Institute

Media Panelists Martin, Summers, VonDrehle, Helling



Who’s going to win? And how? Join us as veteran journalists talk about the media’s role in covering the midterm elections. Hear how they go inside the campaigns, get the real time numbers, and get the stories and information out to the people, all of which create the predictions that keep the public on the edge of their seats.
PANELISTS: Jonathan Martin, New York Times;
Juana Summers,
NPR; David Von Drehle, Time Magazine;
Dave Helling,
KC Star and current Dole Fellow.


Ft. Leavenworth Series III: DECISIVE BATTLES

Fort Leavenworth CrestForgotten Transcendence:
the Battle of Buena Vista, 1847

Dr. Gregory Hospodor
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
3 p.m. Dole Institute

There are many famous battles in history that we label as decisive events — Yorktown, Waterloo, Gettysburg, and Midway — just to name a few.  However, history is replete with lesser known clashes of arms that were arguably just as significant in their respective wars.  Don’t miss the chance to learn about these critical clashes on the first Thursday of each month through November. Hear presentations by scholars of the Department of Military History at US Army’s Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Ft. Leavenworth

Complete Series Schedule and video links.


Your Story, His Story, the Legacy:
The 1974 Dole-Roy Senate Race

1974 Senate Campaign Roy vs Dole





Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

This election season, the Dole Institute commemorates 40 years since the hard-fought U.S. Senate race between Senator Bob Dole and Congressman Bill Roy. Join Dave Owen, Dole’s campaign coordinator, and Bill Roy, Jr., son of Congressman Roy, in an interview with Dole Institute Senior Archivist Audrey Coleman, featuring personal recollections and historic materials from the Dole Archives.


Tanya Fields: Eco-Warrior of the FOOD REVOLUTION

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
7:30 p.m. Dole Institute

Tanya Fields is food justice activist andd community organizerFood justice activist and community organizer, Tanya Fields, will be interviewed on topics related to KU’s Campus Sustainability Week and KU Fights Hunger Month activities, as well as Senator Dole's legacy of addressing hunger and poverty, with particular emphasis on socioeconomic factors and access. This event is presented in partnership with KU Center for Sustainability, KU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, KU’s Office of the Provost and KU’s International Center for Ethics in Business, and co-sponsored by KU Fights Hunger and the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center. 


We Can Fix It:

A Bipartisan Blueprint to Strengthen Our Democracy

Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT)
Sec. Dan Glickman, KS

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
7:30 p.m. Dole Institute

Over the past 2 years, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform, a group of thirty Americans from all political stripes, has engaged concerned citizens across the country to develop reforms for our polarized government. Sen. Bob Bennett (R) and Sec. Dan Glickman (D) will share these recommendations and discuss how they could lead to the big changes America needs. This event is co-sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC).


Is It Time to Recognize Cuba?
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
7:30 p.m. Dole Institute

Free Cuba event Frank Calzon, executive director of the Center for a Free Cuba, and Marifeli Perez-Stable, professor at Florida International University, join us for a moderated discussion on formal U.S. recognition of Cuba, beginning with lines of commerce and travel that have been closed since 1960. This event is co-sponsored by the Pan American Association of Kansas City (PANAM-KC).


Ft. Leavenworth Series III: DECISIVE BATTLES
Fort Leavenworth CrestThe Siege of Budapest:
A Decisive Battle against Nazism

Dr. Sean Kalic
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
3 p.m. Dole Institute

There are many famous battles in history that we label as decisive events — Yorktown, Waterloo, Gettysburg, and Midway — just to name a few.  However, history is replete with lesser known clashes of arms that were arguably just as significant in their respective wars. 


Ending Domestic Violence Captivity:
A Guide to Economic Freedom

Dr. Ludy Green, author
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
3 p.m. Dole Institute

Dr. Green has been working on domestic violence issues and solutions by getting politicians, CEOs of large corporations, Congress and the United Nations to acknowledge her vision. Her efforts were instrumental in getting new language introduced to the updated Violence Against Women Act in 2013. Green will discuss her recent book, which outlines how a woman can regain her independence, her well-being, and her dignity by distancing herself from her former abuser through employment. This event includes a book sale and signing.


No Labels: Stop Fighting Start Fixing

Mark McKinnon
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
7:30 p.m.Dole Institute

With 5 winning presidential primary and general elections as a top political strategist, McKinnon knows all about hyper-partisanship in Washington and wants to do something about it. Find out more about No Labels, a growing bipartisan group of political players dedicated to crossing the aisle to get things done, and McKinnon’s take on where things are headed for the two parties, based on the outcomes of the November elections.


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.


East European Democracy & Russian Reemergence
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, Dole Institute
Gain valuable insights into the status of East European Democracy from Ivan Vejvoda, sr. vice president of 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.


The Great American Wheat Harvest
screening & Q & A with filmmaker, Conrad Weaver
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. 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

Panelists TBA
Thursday & Friday, Dec. 11 & 12, 2014
Times TBA, Dole Institute

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


Wednesday Study Group Begins Sept. 17

4-5:30 p.m. Dole Institute
Helling study group logo"Behind the Byline:
Political Journalists on the Midterm Election
led by Dole Fellow DAVE HELLING, KC Star

10-second sound bites, 300-word articles, 140-character Tweets. That's how we digest today's political headlines. This fall, go behind the byline with Dole Fellow Dave Helling and his special guest speakers as they dissect the evolution of political journalism and share insight on the 2014 elections that only veteran political journalists can provide.
Wednesdays Sept. 17, 24,
Oct. 1, 8, 22, 29 & Nov. 12, 2014
4-5:30 p.m. Dole Institute


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