All programs are free and open to the public


The Dole Institute of Politics and KU School of Law present The 2014 Constitution Day Program

Same-sex Marriage –
Constitutional Right or the State’s Decision?

Tues., Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Roberta Kaplan and Tom Fisher




With Thomas M. Fisher, Solicitor General of Indiana,
and Roberta Kaplan, Partner at Paul Weiss, NYC

Moderated by Stephen McAllister, KU School of Law

Join us as Fisher and Kaplan discuss the state of constitutional law regarding same-sex marriage, the arguments in favor of and against the recognition of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear several recent decisions on this issue, and the likely future direction of litigation and the law on this issue.


We Can Fix It:
A Bipartisan Blueprint to Strengthen Our Democracy
with Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) &
Sec. Dan Glickman, KS
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
** 7:30 p.m.
Dole Institute

Bob Bennett and Dan Glickman
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), KU Student Legislative Awareness Board, KU Young Americans for Liberty, KU College Republicans & KU Young Democrats.
**Arrive Early.....
“Please be aware that due to an event at the Lied Center on this date, parking for the Dole Institute program may be difficult. We strongly encourage attendees of the Dole Institute program to arrive early.”



Center Stage: Kansas Elections 2014
Sunday, Oct. 26 @ 4:00 p.m.

State of Kansas FlagKansas is the national epicenter of this election year  witha number of competitive campaigns. Joinus 10 days out as our panel examines why the races are so competitive, how they are being waged and what will happen on election day.

Dr. Bob Beatty, Professor of Political Science, Washburn University
Dr. Ed Flentje, Professor of Political Science, Wichita State University
Ann Gardner, Editorial Page Editor, The World Company
Dr. Burdett Loomis, Professor of Political Science, University of Kansas
Dr. Mark Peterson, Professor of Political Science, Washburn University
Dr. Chapman Rackaway, Professor of Political Science, Ft. Hays State Univ.
Dr. Michael Smith, Professor of Political Science, Emporia State University



Women's Leadership Series 2014

Women in Leadership Series
5:30 p.m. Sundays,
Oct. 19, 26 and Nov. 2

7:00 p.m. on Nov. 5, Dole Institute


Three exciting sessions will focus on women running for office in Kansas and nationally. During the first session you will have the opportunity to choose a candidate, follow her campaign, and share information with others. We will discuss the different races and predict the winners. Then join us after the election for a follow-up session on Nov. 5 to assess the results. Refreshments will be provided. For more information and to RSVP contact the Dole Institute at 785.864.4900 or
Barbara Ballard, Associate Director
Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas
Mary Banwart, Associate professor of communication studies
University of Kansas


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 restricted since 1960. This event is co-sponsored by the Pan American Association of Kansas City (PANAM-KC) and KU’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies.


Ft. Leavenworth Series III: DECISIVE BATTLES

CORRECTION: This is the last program of Series III. It was mistakenly announced that the October program was the last in the enjoy this final session!
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.
Presentations are 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.


A Tribute to Veterans - USO Style

Moonlight Serenade Orchestra
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 at the Dole Institute
6:00 p.m. Salute by KU ROTC

6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Listen, Dance to live music by the
Moonlight Serenade Orchestra

For veterans, their families and friends.. Celebrate and remember our nation’s veterans at the Dole Institute’s annual USO-style gala. Enjoy WWII Era Music, Light Hors d’oeuvres and Beverages.
*******Free admission but space is limited.*******
RSVP by Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Call: 785-864-4900 or email


Turkey’s Current Challenges
in Foreign Policy & Domestic Issues

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With Dr. Ihsan Yilmaz
Thursday, November 13, 2014
3 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Yilmaz will talk about challenges to civil society, freedom of the press, freedom of speech and pluralistic democracy in the aftermath of the August presidential elections. Other domestic issues such as the Kurdish issue and abuses of power against individuals and civil society will be also covered. Yilmaz will touch upon the foreign policy challenges as well, ranging from Middle East to Black Sea.


Ending Domestic Violence Captivity:
A Guide to Economic Freedom

Dr. Ludy Green's bookcover: Ending Domestic Violence CaptivityDr. Ludy Green, author
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
3 p.m. Dole Institute

Dr. Ludy 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.
Ending Domestic Violence Captivity: A Guide to Economic Freedom


No Labels: Stop Fighting Start Fixing

Mark McKinnonMark 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 outcome 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
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 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 filmmaker,

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

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.


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Wednesday Study Group
Sept. 17 thru Nov. 12, 2014

4-5:30 p.m. Dole Institute
"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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