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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: Home Front 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 “Home Front 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…

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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 U.S.-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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Historical Interpreter: General John J. Pershing

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

Explore the life and times of General John J. Pershing, a Missouri native and commander of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) during World War I. Join the Institute to commemorate 100 years since the U.S. entry into the war and examine one of our nation’s most decorated military leaders, portrayed here by historical interpreter David Shuey.

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Senator Bob Dole’s Birthday

July 22
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of July, repeating until July 22, 2020

Climbing Kilimanjaro

July 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Standing as the highest point on the African continent at 19,341 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is considered a fairly accessible mountain summit, involving an arduous trek at high altitudes with no technical climbing. Mountain guide and trekker Ian Taylor will return to the Dole Institute to share the challenge and beauty of climbing one of the seven summits of the world.

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August 2017

(Ft. Leavenworth series) Crossing No Man’s Land: The Birth of Combined Arms

August 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

From 1914-1918, a nearly unbroken line of trenches stretched 400 miles across France and Belgium, creating a deep and deadly dilemma for the soldiers of the Great War. The land in between was No Man’s Land, and Dr. Richard S. Faulkner explores how trying to drive opponents out of their trenches led the armies of World War I to give birth to modern warfare.

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