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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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(Discussion Group #1) Beyond the Border: U.S.-Mexico Relations

May 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

"Beyond the Border: The Value of Bi-National Collaboration" Guest: Alfonso Navarro-Bernachi Because the international border falls under federal jurisdiction, decisions are made far from the border in the respective capitals of Washington, D.C. and Mexico City. Yet these decisions not only impact the borderlands but also the rest of America, including Kansas and other midwestern states. In this discussion, Alfonso Navarro-Bernachi, Mexican Consul General in Kansas City, brings a unique perspective to understanding the value of bi-national collaboration. A distinguished…

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The Last Stand of South Vietnam

May 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

In 1975, South Vietnam’s 18th Infantry Division led an improbable final stand against North Vietnamese forces. Outnumbered 7-1 by their foes, the 18th earned the nickname “The Supermen” as they held the line in the Battle of Xuan Loc for 12 days. Dr. James Willbanks explores the fall of this last defensive line before Saigon, which led to South Vietnam’s surrender nine days later.

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(Discussion Group #2) Beyond the Border: U.S.-Mexico Relations

May 31 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

"Trade and the Border: the Value of NAFTA" Guest: Christopher Wilson Recent political and economic rhetoric has focused on how globalization and NAFTA have cost many Americans their jobs. What is often missing in these emotionally charged narratives are the many jobs that are created and supported by trade. With Mexico recently becoming the largest export market for Kansas, a repeal of NAFTA could have catastrophic consequences for Kansas economy. In this discussion, Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director of the Mexico…

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June 2017

(Ft. Leavenworth series) Clausewitz and Jomini: Their Interaction

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

Both Carl von Clausewitz and Henri Jomini experienced and studied the wars of Napoleon from unique perspectives, yielding two very different theories of war. Dr. Sean N. Kalic and Lt. Col. Christopher Johnson provide an overview of two of the greatest military theorists of all time, drawing out where their ideas are complementary and where they differ.

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World War II: Homefront to Battlefront

June 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Frank Lavin shares the tale of a World War II foot soldier who finds himself thrust into a world where he and his unit grapple with the horrors of combat, the idiocies of bureaucracy, and the oddities of life back home—all in the same day. Lavin’s book “Homefront to Battlefront” follows his father Carl Lavin, an Ohio native who enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 18, taking him from training across the U.S. and Britain to combat with the…

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(Discussion Group #3) Beyond the Border: U.S.-Mexico Relations

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

"Life along the Border: A Separate Reality?" Guest: Andy Carey While there are many positive economic opportunities for bi-national collaboration, this is not the reality for many who struggle with border conditions. This discussion with Andy Carey, Executive Director of the US-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership, will provide a deeper understanding of this reality and how some of these complex problems are being addressed. Carey brings a breadth of experience in his years working the entire U.S.-Mexico border to grow community…

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(Discussion Group #4) Beyond the Border: U.S.-Mexico Relations

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

"Borderlands: Why should Kansans and Midwesterners care about the Border?" Guest: Raul Rodriguez This session is designed to provide a deeper understanding of the U.S.-Mexico border and key issues, with special emphasis on historical context. In this discussion, Raul Rodriguez, Chairman of the Board of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation in New York City and former President of the North American Development Bank, brings his long and distinguished career of working on important bi-national issues to help explain how we got here today…

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July 2017

(Ft. Leavenworth series) Napoleon’s Rise and Decline

July 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

It was an era dominated by the actions of one man. Mark T. Gerges examines the rapid rise and eventual downfall of Napoleon: how he harnessed societal changes and military organizational reforms to lead France to victories across Europe, and how his opponents narrowed the gap of French superiority by building upon their defeats and adapting aspects of France’s own reforms.

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(Discussion Group #5) Beyond the Border: U.S.-Mexico Relations

July 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

"Security, Immigration, Trade and the Border: Will Constructing a 'Big A$$ Wall' Solve America’s Issues with Mexico?" Guest: Alan Bersin This session will provide deeper understanding of key issues around border security, trade and immigration. Is the proposed wall realistic and would it achieve what its proponents suggest? Are security, immigration and trade mutually exclusive or can we have all three? In this discussion, Alan Bersin, former Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, brings his vast federal experience to a discussion…

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