The Dole Lecture

April 14, 1945, Bob Dole was gravely wounded during a WWII battle in Italy.

Each spring, on or near April 14, the Dole Institute of Politics hosts The Dole Lecture, a signature event featuring a nationally prominent figure who addresses some aspect of contemporary politics or policy.
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2014 DOLE LECTURE

Al From, political strategist

Sunday, May 4, 2014
4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

AL FROM
recognized political strategist

"The New Democrats and the Return to Power"

New Democrats bookcover“Al From is the principal architect for the Clinton presidency and the new Democrat movement, which helped shape the 21st century Democratic Party,” said Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy. “Most of the Dole Lectures have been by or about public figures; this is the first that will honor a person working behind the scenes to change American politics in a major way.”

Join us on Sunday afternoon to hear AL FROM describe his involvement in the effective restoration of the Democratic Party.

From will also discuss current U.S. politics, the state of both parties and his book, "The New Democrats and the Return to Power.” Don’t miss this key, behind-the-scenes strategist who helped shift domestic political power. This program is free, open to the public and includes a book sale and signing.
Media Release

 

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Dole Lecture 2013: IKE's Legacy

Eisenhower and DoleThursday, May 2, 2013
7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Brigadier General Carl Reddel
Executive Director
Eisenhower Memorial Commission.

IKE is a personal hero of Bob Dole’s, and the Dole Institute is proud to be honoring President Eisenhower's life and legacy with the annual Dole Lecture. Are you aware of the effort to honor IKE with a memorial on the national mall? Authorized in 1999 by an act of Congress, the Commission seeks to build a memorial fitting this great American and Kansan. General Reddel will talk about what Eisenhower means to America, as well as the status of building this national icon’s memorial.
About BRIG. GEN. CARL W. REDDEL, USAF (RET.)
About Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission

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2012 DOLE LECTURE

Former Senate Majority Leader George MitchellWednesday, April 4, 2012

7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute


GEORGE MITCHELL
Fmr. U.S. Senate Majority Leader

 

George Mitchell most recently served as U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from January 2009 to May 2011. Prior to that, he had a distinguished career in public service. He was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1980 to complete the unexpired term of Sen. Edmund S. Muskie. He was elected to a full term in the Senate in 1982 in a come-from-behind victory. Mitchell went on to a career in the Senate spanning 15 years. He left the Senate in 1995 as the Senate majority leader, a position he had held since January 1989.
In 2007, Mitchell joined fellow former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Bob Dole, and Tom Daschle to found the Bipartisan Policy Center, a non-profit think tank that works to develop policies suitable for bipartisan support. The program is free and open to the public.
Press Release

Of Note:
WATCH
C-SPAN's Oral History video: George Mitchell on Bob Dole (2007)

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The Dole Lecture Alumni


Journalist Bob Woodward to deliver Dole Lecture

2011 DOLE LECTURE

BOB WOODWARD

Sunday, May 15, 2011
2:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Bob Woodward, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and associate editor for the Washington Post, was interviewed by Dole Institute of Politics Director Bill Lacy Press Release PHOTO JOURNAL
VIDEO (.mov)


2010 DOLE LECTURE

SHEILA BAIR, FDIC Chair
April 19, 2010 at the Dole Institute


FDIC Chair and KU alumna Sheila Bair discussed her career in public service and her efforts to restore Americans' faith in the financial system.
The event was made possible with the generous support of Mr. & Mrs. Brian C. King of Leawood, Kan.
News Release
| LJWorld Coverage

 

Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole were the featured guests for the 2009 Dole Lecture on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at the Lied Center.2009 DOLE LECTURE

BOB & ELIZABETH DOLE
Sunday, May 3, 2009
2:30 p.m. at the Lied Center

VIDEO - produced by KTWU Topeka


 
Tom Brokaw, former NBC Nightly News anchor, delivered The Dole Lecture for two thousand eight on April tenth at the Institute. 2008 DOLE LECTURE

TOM BROKAW
Former NBC Nightly News anchor

April 10, 2008 at the Dole Institute
VIDEO

Retired General Richard B. Myers delivered the Dole Lecture on May seventh,  two thousand seven2007 DOLE LECTURE

General RICHARD B. MEYERS, Ret.
May 7, 2007 at the Dole Institute
2007 Dole Lecture
VIDEO
photo documentary (pdf)




Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Democrat of South Dakota, delivered the Dole Lecture in two thousand six.2006 DOLE LECTURE

Fmr. U.S. Senator TOM DASCHLE (D-S.D.)
April 10, 2006 Dole Lecture
VIDEO
photo documentary




Bob Dole, the Institute's namesake, delivered the Dole Lecture in two thousand five.2005 DOLE LECTURE

Fmr. U.S. Senator BOB DOLE
April 26, 2005 at the Dole Institute
2005 Dole Lecture

VIDEO (.mov)







Former President Bill Clinton delivered the Inaugural Dole Lecture in two thousand four.INAUGURAL DOLE LECTURE 2004

Fmr. U.S. President BILL CLINTON
May 21, 2004 at Allen Fieldhouse
VIDEO