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May 2017

(Exhibit) The League of Wives: Vietnam’s POW/MIA Allies & Advocates

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - December 31 @ 5:00 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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In the late 1960s, POW/MIA wives bucked government protocol and challenged the traditional role of “military wife.” These courageous women led by Sybil Stockdale on the West Coast, Jane Denton, Louise Mulligan, and Phyllis Galanti on the East Coast and later Helene Knapp in the Interior West organized to form the National League of POW/MIA Families.  The women worked with Congress and the Nixon administration to demand accounting for their husbands and pursue their safe return after years of imprisonment and torture by the North Vietnamese.…

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September 2017

Discussion Group with Katie Pinke

September 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Elusive Quest for the Lacrosse Mom: How do Politicians, Corporations, Organizations and the Community Engage Women? Guest: Katie Pinke, publisher and general manager, Agweek This discussion will focus on women from the heartland engaging with their communities. Katie Pinke is a columnist, small business owner and mother from North Dakota. About Fall 2017 Discussion Groups: An experienced campaign advisor, D.C. insider and media contributor, fall fellow Cherylyn Harley LeBon will lead a discussion group series examining how various organizations, corporations and…

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Religious Rights or Unlawful Discrimination?

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Two experts in religious freedom law and anti-discrimination law will join the Dole Institute to discuss the difficult issues that arise when the assertion of religious beliefs conflicts with the rights of others. Does the constitutionally protected free exercise of religion trump state anti-discrimination laws that prohibit denying services based on a customer’s sexual orientation? Robin Fretwell Wilson, professor of law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Camilla Taylor, senior counsel for Lambda Legal, explore this topic in…

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Vietnam: Three who Served

September 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Matt Keenan shares the unique stories of three local Vietnam combat veterans: John Gerstle, U.S. Army, John Solbach, U.S. Marine Corps, and Norm Fretwell, Army Ranger and paratrooper, and graduate from the 1966 West Point class described by Rick Atkinson in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Long Gray Line.” Common threads will emerge as Keenan and his guests examine the ways in which the war changed them and their country.

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Discussion Group with Patrick Jephson and Mary Jo Jacobi

September 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Elusive Quest for the Lacrosse Mom: How do Politicians, Corporations, Organizations and the Community Engage Women? Guest: Patrick Jephson and Mary Jo Jacobi This discussion will examine corporate engagement and reputation engagement from the pros. Jephson is the former Social Secretary and Spokesman for Princess Diana, while Jacobi boasts a long career in energy, finance and government, including time in President George H.W. Bush's administration. About Fall 2017 Discussion Groups: An experienced campaign advisor, D.C. insider and media contributor, fall fellow…

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Food: The Ultimate Weapon for Democracy

September 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

In 1946, starvation abounded in the world. World War II had led to hunger, and now coupled with world drought was causing massive starvation. Guns had started and won the war, yet peace would be written by bread. Don Loeslie shares the story of how food became a primary weapon for peace in the postwar recovery effort, including programs led by President Harry Truman and U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall.

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October 2017

Discussion Group with Allen West

October 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Elusive Quest for the Lacrosse Mom: How do Politicians, Corporations, Organizations and the Community Engage Women? Guest: Allen West, former U.S. Congressman (R) representing Florida’s 22nd District This conversation will focus on the future of constitutional conservatism in the U.S. About Fall 2017 Discussion Groups: An experienced campaign advisor, D.C. insider and media contributor, fall fellow Cherylyn Harley LeBon will lead a discussion group series examining how various organizations, corporations and political entities attempt to engage with women, and why they…

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Fighting Hunger in a Changing World

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Catherine Bertini’s career has placed her squarely on the front lines of the fight to end world hunger, including time at the United Nations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and more. The 2003 World Food Prize Laureate, Bertini transformed the UN’s World Food Programme into the world’s largest and most responsive humanitarian food organization. Her work on humanitarian aid, girls’ education and food insecurity will serve as the backdrop to this conversation on combating hunger in a changing world.

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(Ft. Leavenworth series) The Marines and Amphibious Doctrine

October 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

As entry into World War II and a war with the Japanese became increasingly likely, the future of the Marine Corps was becoming increasingly uncertain. Amphibious assault doctrine caught the service’s interest as a method of making the Marines indispensable to the coming fight and to the future military organization of the U.S. Dr. Janet G. Valentine shares the intellectual process that allowed for the development of an effective doctrine for amphibious assault—a task that others were convinced could not…

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Discussion Group with Andrea Bottner

October 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Elusive Quest for the Lacrosse Mom: How do Politicians, Corporations, Organizations and the Community Engage Women? Guest: Andrea Bottner About Fall 2017 Discussion Groups: An experienced campaign advisor, D.C. insider and media contributor, fall fellow Cherylyn Harley LeBon will lead a discussion group series examining how various organizations, corporations and political entities attempt to engage with women, and why they can be a difficult constituency to reach.

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