Dole Forum - 2011

The Dole Forum is a major part of the Institute’s educational programming efforts to reach the students at the University of Kansas and the surrounding community. It consists of ongoing programs covering a wide variety of topics designed to encourage political participation among young people through education and civil discussion.

Among the national personalities the Dole Forum has hosted are Republican strategist Matthew Dowd, ABC’s Kate Snow, former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, West Wing producer Alex Graves, Iraq commander and former Commander of Ft. Leavenworth Gen. David Petraeus, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and 2008 presidential hopeful Senator Joseph Biden among others.

FALL 2011 - Dole Forum


Soviet Fall symbols



The Soviet Collapse & Legacy”

Wed, August 31, 2011

CREES Prof. Emeritus Norman Saul, an expert on modern Russian history; Geography Associate Prof. Shannon O'Lear, an expert on political geography in the region; and Poli Sci Assistant Professor Mariya Omelicheva, an expert on security issues in the post-Soviet area discussed the causes, consequences and implications of the USSR’s collapse.  This program co-sponsored by CREES.
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September 11, 2011

World Trade Center September 11 Memorial Service 10 years later9-11 Interfaith Event








Former President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko and Dole Institute Director Bill LacyDOLE LEADERSHIP PRIZE 2011

September 19, 2011
Dole Leadership Prize presentation to
Former President of Ukraine

This program co-sponsored by CREES and (CGIS)

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Former President of Argentina Fernando de la Rua with KU studentsSeptember 22, 2011
Dole Institute
Student Advisory Board Program

An Afternoon Visit with
Former President of Argentina
Fernando de la Rua

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George Washington's civility rules bookcoverTuesday, September 27, 2011

The Civility Project

The Consensus KC team shared their findings from 20 focus groups in Lawrence and metro Kansas City on defining civility, involvement in public issues, and ideas to raise the level of civility. Kansas City-based Consensus is a nonprofit organization striving to give citizens a voice in public policy. LJWorld coverage.
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Constitution Day Event
Thurs. Oct. 6, 2011
7:30 p.m., Dole Institute
“The Federal Healthcare Law:
Is it Constitutional?"

Catherine Stetson, director of the Apellate practice at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., and Gregory Katsas, partner of D.C. law firm Jones Day and former assistant AG for the Civil Division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice, debated the constitutionality of the new Federal health care law's health insurance "mandate".
KU Law professor Stephen McAllister moderated.
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KU Student Muslim AssociationThurs., Oct. 13, 2011
Islam at KU

The Dole Institute Student Advisory Board and the KU Muslim Student Association hosted a roundtable discussion on what it means to be Muslim at KU. Photo Journal pdf



David Zarefsky Thurs., Oct. 20, 2011
3:00 p.m., Dole Institute

"Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam:
The Rhetoric of War and Peace"
David Zarefsky

The first Dole Institute Visiting Scholar,
David Zarefsky, discussed President Johnson’s speeches as an aid in understanding the mindset in which most Americans viewed the war, and through which Johnson held their support for most of his term.  This program was co-sponsored by the KU Communication Studies Department.
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Orange Revolution film“Orange Revolution”
Monday., Oct. 24, 2011
3:00 p.m., Dole Institute

The Dole Institute features a screening of “Orange Revolution”, a film which captures the spirit and the determination of the most successful political protest of the decade – a nonviolent victory which reverberates with meaning for citizens the world over. This program co-sponsored by CREES and (CGIS)


Dr. Akbar Ahmed, leading authority on contemporary Islam.Wed., Oct. 26, 2011
7:30 p.m., Dole Institute

Contemporary Islam in America
Dr. Akbar Ahmed

Considered “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam,” Dr. Akbar Ahmed discusses American Muslims in a society dealing with national security.
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New Politics Tonight program series artwork campaign button

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011

7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Featuring Dole Fellows Susan Bryant & Tom Baxter, noted campaign ethics lawyer Jan Baran, Jonathan Earle and Dole Institute Student Advisory Board member Evan Gates.
Dole Institute Director, Bill Lacy and guests kicked off this new series: Politics Tonight where KU faculty and students get to mix it up with national political strategists and journalists on current political topics -- with a focus on content and civility. Politics Tonight is not your average talking heads show!
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Beautiful and Abundant bookcover sustainabilityThurs., Nov. 3, 2011
3:00 p.m., Dole Institute

“Beautiful and Abundant”
Bryan Welch

Author Bryan Welch discussed his latest book, a practical and unconventional guide to true sustainability.
READ LJWorld article by Christine Metz

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National Popular Vote bookcoverMon., Nov. 7, 2011
7:30 p.m. , Dole Institute

"Should the President Be Elected by Popular Vote?"
Dr. John Koza and Tara Ross discussed the positives and negatives of adopting the National Popular Vote, a plan guaranteeing the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes without requiring a constitutional amendment.


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Bookcover of U.S. Senate: From Deliberation to DysfunctionTuesday, November 15, 2011

The U.S. Senate:
From Deliberation to Dysfunction

3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Senate scholar and KU political science professor Burdett Loomis will discuss The U.S. Senate, a scholarly textbook he edited after orchestrating the research by noted scholars. Those scholars discussed their conclusions at the Dole Institute Senate Conference, March 23,2010.
This event will include a book sale and signing of The U.S. Senate: From Deliberation to Dysfunction.



Thurs., Nov. 17, 2011
7:30 p.m. , Dole Institute

“What to Ask the Person in the Mirror”
Rob Kaplan

Author Robert S. Kaplan, Harvard Business School, former Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs Group and KU alumnus, discussed the fundamentals of successful leadership.  This event included a book sale and signing of
What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential



IKE bookcover by Nichols"The Dole Institute Presents: David Nichols"
in Manhattan & Topeka, Sunday, Nov. 20
, 2011

The Dole Institute of Politics and the Kansas University Alumni Association will host a free reception and program with Eisenhower scholar and author David Nichols, who will discuss his book, “Eisenhower 1956: The President's Year of Crisis—Suez and the Brink of War.”
MANHATTAN Sun., November 20, 2011 1:00 p.m., Manhattan Country Club
TOPEKA Sun., November 20, 2011 5:00 p.m., Ramada Inn Ballroom
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Arzu Geybulla

The Future of the Post-Soviet Region
Mon., Nov. 28, 2011
7:30 p.m. , Dole Institute

Arzu Geybullayeva

Blogger* and youth activist, Arzu Geybullayeva, talked about the key role youth activists played in the Color Revolutions.  Geybullayeva focused on the future of the region from a young person’s perspective. 
This program co-sponsored by CREES and (CGIS).
*Arzu Geybullayeva Blog: "Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines"




Dole Forum - SUMMER 2011

Eisenhower 1956 bookcover"Eisenhower 1956: The President's Year of Crisis - Suez and the Brink of War"


Wednesday, June 15, 2011
7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

".. a riveting and relevant analysis of a sequence of events that placed the great nations of the period at the brink of a world war." - The LA Times

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Filmmaker Kevin WillmottCivil Rights Films
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Filmmaker Kevin Willmott and senior archivist Morgan Davis for discussed three civil rights documentary films, as well as Willmott's experiences as a documentary filmmaker.

Civil Rights Film Series: A civil rights film series was featured in conjunction with the Dole Archive's Freedom Riders exhibit including the PBS American Experience film, "Freedom Riders", "Brother Outside: the Life of Bayard Rustin", and the latest documentary by Kevin Willmott, "From Separate to Equal.The Creation of the Truman Medical Center"

Dole Forum - SPRING 2011

US Army's 10th Mountain Division patchThursday, Feb. 3, 2011
3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Featuring just-returned members of the 10th Mountain Division, who were involved in training the Afghan military and police. Members of this unit were the first in the US Army to deploy to Afghanistan in support of President Obama’s decision to surge forces. This unit was also the first US Army unit specifically directed to support the NATO Training Mission of training and fielding the Afghan National Security Force.
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NASA logoWednesday. February 9, 2011
Dr. Jack A. Kaye, NASA
"Space-Based View of a Changing Climate
and Its Implications"

Dr. Jack A. Kaye, Associate Director for Research, Earth Science Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC discussed the results of NASA’s space-based observation of the Earth’s system, and the implications of these results in advancing our nation’s knowledge of climate change and what those changes mean for society. This event is co-sponsored by KU's CReSIS, Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets. LJWorld Coverage: Read
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BookcoverThursday, February 10, 2011
3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
"Between War and Peace:
How America Ends Its Wars"

Military historians discussed their insights and essays in a new book that explores the endings of 14 wars from the Revolution to the first Gulf War and how America transitions going forward.
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Lee Schwartz is Geographer of the United States with the U.S. State DepartmentTuesday, March 1, 2011
Geographer of the United States, State Dept.
7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Schwartz discussed the importance of geography in the formulation of foreign policy. This program was
co-sponsored by the KU Department of Geography
and the American Geographical Society, the Geography Graduate Student Association, and the Geography Club.
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Saddam's Iraq event March 31, 2011
3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
"The Conflict Records Research Center and New Research on Saddam’s Iraq"
David Palkki, Dole Archive Visiting Fellow

David Palkki is the Deputy Director of the National Defense University's Conflict Records Research Center (CRRC). Before joining the CRRC, he spent several years analyzing Saddam's Iraq at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). There, he authored several studies on Saddam's Iraq, including a major study for the Department of Defense based on captured audio files. Palkki was the second annual Dole Archive Visiting Fellow. A public reception followed the program.
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Brenda TinnenWednesday, April 6, 2011
Leadership and Globalization in Sports
7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

General Manager and Senior Vice President of the Sprint Center, Brenda Tinnen joined us as part of this popular lecture series discussing the broad aspects of sports. Tinnen is former Vice President of the STAPLES Center, home of the Lakers, Clippers and Kings and is profiled as one of Kansas City’s most powerful women.
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Jim Margolis served as a Senior Advisor to Barack Obama in his presidential campaign. Wednesday, April 13, 2011
7:30 p.m.
at the Dole Institute
Jim Margolis, a senior partner at GMMB, has worked for years at the intersection of politics, advertising and advocacy on behalf of candidates, foundations, government agencies and corporate clients. In presidential politics, Jim served as a Senior Advisor to Barack Obama in his campaign for the White House, taking a lead role in the massive advertising effort and helping direct the campaign as a member of the core strategic team. Press Release
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Eyes of Willie McGee bookcoverWednesday, April 20, 2011
7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
"The Eyes of Willie McGee:
A Tragedy of Race, Sex and
Secrets in the Jim Crow South"

Author Heard discusses his most recent book as a part of the Read Across Lawrence: To Kill a Mockingbird program. This event is co-sponsored with the Lawrence Public Library, the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, Theatre Lawrence and Douglas County NAACP,Wells Fargo Advisors and Douglas County Community Foundation. Press Release
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First Kansas Colored RegimentWednesday, May 11, 2011
The Long Road to Freedom: Escaping Slavery in "Little Dixie"
3:00 p.m.
program at the Dole Institute
4:00 p.m. public reception and official opening of Free at Last exhibit

Jimmy Johnson, area author, archaeologist, and educator will tell the compelling story of his great-grandfather’s escape from slavery on a Missouri plantation to Quindaro, Kansas in 1862, his enlistment in the 1st Kansas Colored volunteer Infantry Regiment and his eventual settlement as a farmer in Douglas County, Kansas. Johnson, a KU alumnus of Anthropology, will reveal the archaeological, historical and genealogical methods he used to trace his ancestor’s life.
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Free At Last art displayRelated Exhibit
A History of the Abolition of Slavery in America

May 9 - June 3, 2011 on display at the Dole Institute

9am-5pm Mon-Sat.; Noon - 4 pm Sundays.

The Dole Institute's first summer exhibit traces the history of the movement to abolish slavery from the framing of the Constitution to its abolition during the Civil War. This traveling exhibit is from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Note:(Exhibit will be unavailable for viewing Wed., May 13 thru Fri., May 15 due to a Dole Institute special event).

"World War II:
The African-American Experience" Series*

Fighting for America: Black Soldiers, the unsung heroes of WWII bookcoverThursday, May 12, 2011
7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Fighting for America: Black Soldiers,
The Unsung Heroes of WWII

The first program of this new series features Chris Moore, author, journalist, producer, and historian, who will discuss his book, Fighting for America: Black Soldiers, The Unsung Heroes of WWII. Moore is currently the Special Projects and Exhibitions research coordinator for the N.Y. Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
*This new Dole Institute three-part series, World War II: The African-American Experience, in collaboration with KU Libraries, is made possible through the generous support of Dr. Sandra Gautt of Lawrence, Kan. The series is dedicated to her father, Thaddeus Whayne, and all African-American WWII veterans. PRESS RELEASE
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