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February 2018

Ft. Leavenworth series | Keeping the Ogre at Bay: Defending Britain, 1803-1815

February 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The United Kingdom’s response to the French threat came at a time of great social and political change at home. From frantic invasion scares in 1803-1805 to political indecision, economic upheaval and civil unrest, British reaction to the threat of the Napoleonic Empire ultimately led to Britain’s impressive dominance in the 19th century. Led by Mark Gerges, this discussion examines how military events influenced the shape of modern Europe.

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America and the Armenian Genocide

February 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Starting in 1915, the Ottoman Empire killed up to 1.5 million Armenians and evicted hundreds of thousands of others from their homes in an act of genocide that would later inspire Adolf Hitler’s Holocaust in Europe. The Dole Archives Archival Fellow for Armenian Advocacy, author and journalist Michael Bobelian leads an examination of the U.S. 20th-century response to the “forgotten genocide” and highlights Sen. Bob Dole’s leadership as an advocate for Armenia and Armenian-Americans.

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Discussion Groups | Rise of the Independents: Candidates and Reform in 2018 and Beyond

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In a partisan political environment, independent or unaffiliated voters now represent the largest voting bloc in many U.S. states. Can independent and third party candidacies seize upon this shift in party identification? How could they shape the future of U.S. politics? Dole Fellow Jim Jonas leads a discussion group series examining election reform and independent candidates in Kansas and the nation. Jonas is a political communications consultant with nearly two decades of experience in independent political reform and campaigns. In…

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1 to 45: The Best and the Worst of American Presidents (Ranking the Presidents)

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

2018 Presidential Lecture Series Presidential historian and former Dole Institute director Richard Norton Smith returns for a deep dive into presidential rankings and what they can teach us. Smith will guide the audience through an examination of the executive office from the exalted to the ignoble, with his participation in the annual C-SPAN Presidential Historians Survey serving as a backdrop. How do time and history shape our viewpoints of a president’s success or failure? A ranking is only the beginning…

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1 to 45: The Best and the Worst of American Presidents (Learning from Success)

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

2018 Presidential Lecture Series Presidential historian and former Dole Institute director Richard Norton Smith returns for a deep dive into presidential rankings and what they can teach us. Smith will guide the audience through an examination of the executive office from the exalted to the ignoble, with his participation in the annual C-SPAN Presidential Historians Survey serving as a backdrop. How do time and history shape our viewpoints of a president’s success or failure? A ranking is only the beginning…

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March 2018

Ft. Leavenworth series | The German Homefront Experience

March 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Emphasizing multiple perspectives from disparate groups, Mark Hull will focus on the lives of everyday Germans during World War II. What they ate, what they saw in their local public spaces, what they read and their understanding and response to the war’s events changed dramatically as the war took an ever-greater personal toll. This talk will describe the increasingly desperate steps taken by the National Socialist state to maintain civil order and morale in the face of looming catastrophe.

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Leadership and Globalization in Sports: Bob Kendrick

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Bob Kendrick arrives to discuss the museum, a Kansas City institution. The NLBM is dedicated to preserving the rich history of African-American baseball in the U.S. Kendrick will share insight into the museum, the storied history of Negro League baseball and his close friendship with Kansas City and Major League Baseball legend Buck O’Neil.

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Discussion Groups | Rise of the Independents: Candidates and Reform in 2018 and Beyond

March 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In a partisan political environment, independent or unaffiliated voters now represent the largest voting bloc in many U.S. states. Can independent and third party candidacies seize upon this shift in party identification? How could they shape the future of U.S. politics? Dole Fellow Jim Jonas leads a discussion group series examining election reform and independent candidates in Kansas and the nation. Jonas is a political communications consultant with nearly two decades of experience in independent political reform and campaigns. In…

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How WWI Changed the World: Stadiums, Quarantines, Altruism & Resistance

March 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Explore the many ways in which the Great War changed the world, from prisoner of war camps in Switzerland, to resistance movements in Belgium, memorial stadiums in the U.S. and a quarantine law in Kansas. A panel of KU faculty, staff and students will share research they conducted for doctoral dissertations and senior honors theses, as well as discuss a First-Year Seminar taught each year of the centenary. This program is hosted in partnership with the KU WWI Commemoration Committee.

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1 to 45: The Best and the Worst of American Presidents (Learning from Failure)

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

2018 Presidential Lecture Series Presidential historian and former Dole Institute director Richard Norton Smith returns for a deep dive into presidential rankings and what they can teach us. Smith will guide the audience through an examination of the executive office from the exalted to the ignoble, with his participation in the annual C-SPAN Presidential Historians Survey serving as a backdrop. How do time and history shape our viewpoints of a president’s success or failure? A ranking is only the beginning…

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