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ABOUT DISCUSSION GROUPS
Some of our most refreshing events are weekly discussion groups at the Dole Institute. Hosted by Dole Fellows, each weekly discussion focuses on a specific topic or issue and features an expert in that field. These events are oriented toward KU students, but are also open to the public.
These small discussion groups provide hands-on knowledge and direct interaction with experts.
Note to Students: Dole Institute study groups are terrific networking opportunities! Many students have found jobs or internships with the help of our discussion group guests or Dole Fellows.
Fall 2016 Discussion Group
“Toss Out the Playbook: Trump, Clinton and the Wacky Politics of 2016” with Dole Fall Fellow, Steve Kraske
TUESDAYS, 4 p.m. at the Dole Institute
The 2016 presidential election has defied expectations and explanations at every turn. Dole Fellow Steve Kraske (KCUR, UMKC) and his special guest speakers will lay out a guidebook on the art of presidential campaigns, the 2016 cycle and interpreting results on election night.
September 13: How the Media is Covering the Election
Kraske examines how the news media is performing in one of the most divisive elections in American history. Guests include Peggy Lowe (KCUR, Kansas City Public Radio), Mike William (KU Journalism professor) and Derek Donovan (Reader’s Representative, Kansas City Star).
Sept.27: How Relevant Are Debates?
With the first presidential debate taking place the day before, this discussion group will serve as a conversation about the role of debates, why they still matter, winning strategies and how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fared in their first face-off. Kraske will be joined by Diana Carlin, an expert on presidential debates.
Oct. 4: Presidential Campaign Strategy
What’s it like steering a pressure-packed, multi-million-dollar presidential campaign in a primary field that includes Donald Trump? What was the strategy to beat The Donald…and why did it fall short? Kraske is joined for a tell-all with Jeff Roe, campaign manager for Ted Cruz and founder of the Kansas City-based Axiom Strategies.
Oct. 18: Visual Communications and Advance
Staging an appearance by a presidential candidate requires foresight, strategic thinking and lots of luck. Remember: the TV cameras are recording everything. Kraske goes behind the scenes of advance work with Steven Jacques, a former Dole fellow and veteran of numerous presidential campaigns, including Barack Obama’s 2008 run.
Oct. 25: The State of the Race
With Election Day just two weeks away, Kraske and guests size up the contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and assess who’s making the right calls and who’s blowing it. Joining Kraske are guests Dave Helling (former Dole Fellow, The Kansas City Star), Burdett Loomis (KU Political Science professor) and Bob Beatty (Washburn University).
Nov. 1: Gearing Up for Election Night
Kraske assesses what clues voters should be looking for on election night to properly assess how the night will unfold. What are the key congressional races? What are the key states? Guests include Patrick Miller (KU Political Science professor) and Michael Smith (Emporia State University).
Nov. 15: What Just Happened?
Kraske looks back on a tumultuous election, why the results fell where they did and what it means for the nation going forward as Barack Obama prepares to exit the stage. Joining Kraske are guests Dave Helling (former Dole Fellow, The Kansas City Star), Burdett Loomis (KU Political Science professor) and Bob Beatty (Washburn University).
Spring 2016 Discussion Group
“A View from the Bench: Politics and Public Policy” with Dole Spring Fellow, Judge Joyce London Ford
TUESDAYS, 4 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Fall 2015 Discussion Group
“First in Their Class: Authentic Women & the Originality That Got Them There” with Dole Fall Fellow, Judy Lloyd
TUESDAYS, 12 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Oct. 6: Introduction
As a veteran of Senator Bob Dole’s campaigns and the office of the Majority Leader, among many other roles, Judy Lloyd is a well-established leader in her own right. A longtime student of women in leadership, she’s at the helm for this series examining women leaders in public service and business and their countless accomplishments. Each Tuesday of the semester, Lloyd will welcome different guests for a discussion on the bold and unique paths they’ve taken throughout their careers.
Oct. 20: Lydia Beebe
Oct. 27: Hon. Lisa Guillerman Gable
Nov. 3: Hon. Ellie Shafer
Summer 2015 Discussion Group
“Government Relations & Lobbying: A Primer”
with Dole Summer Fellow, Bob Steil
TUESDAYS, 3 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Join Dole Summer Fellow and government affairs expert, Bob Steil, for a closer look at the inner workings of the political process through the examination of government relations activities, and with a special focus on the integral aspects of lobbying. Steil’s special guest speakers will describe what they do, and how and why they do it. Together, Steil and his guests will explore the various facets of government relations and lobbying activities on both the state and federal levels.
June 2: General Overview of Lobbying
Tim Powers of Artemis Strategies in Washington, D.C., will discuss what is involved in lobbying as well as the difference between federal and state lobbying. Powers also will shed light on the public’s image of lobbyists, why one would become a lobbyist, and how to define success and what “works” for a lobbyist. Special attention will be given to conduction regulations and ethics.
June 9: State Lobbying: A National Trade Association’s Multi-State Perspective
Guest speaker Mark Pratt will define the functions of a national trade association and how it handles state lobbying. Discussion topics will include whether lobbying approaches are uniform across state lines, how lobbying efforts are received in states, and if trade associations secure the services of local lobbyists.
June 16: Federal Lobbying
Kristen Freitas, senior director of federal affairs at HDMA in Washington, D.C., will outline the components of federal lobbying and the differences between working with Congress, the White House and federal agencies. Freitas will talk about whom lobbyists mainly interact with and how “gridlock” affects lobbying activities.
June 23: Lobbying in Kansas
William Sneed of Polsinelli in Topeka will talk about what is unique to lobbying in Kansas. He’ll also cover the importance of relationship building, how lobbyists familiarize themselves with issues, what roles relationships with outside interests play and more. Sneed also will dicuss the need and ability to lobby on both sides of the aisle.
June 30: Lobbying From a Kansas Legislator’s Perspective
State Sen. Susan Wagle will join the conversations to discuss perceptions of lobbyists and the “good” or “bad” approaches lobbyists take. Wagle and Steil will also look into what motivates legislators in terms of promoting legislation and pressures to vote with “the party” vs. individual initiatives.
Spring 2015 Discussion Group
“All Politics is Personal – A Gay Conservative Looks at the Culture Wars” with Spring Fellow Jimmy LaSalvia
WEDNESDAYS 4-5:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Gay activist LaSalvia, a conservative, looks at a variety of cultural issues including gay marriage, the war on women, and the rise of Fox and MSNBC from a nonpartisan perspective as we begin the 2016 Presidential elections. Join us as we ask what created these critical issues? And how large will they loom in 2016?
Feb. 18: Homocon: A Gay Conservative’s View From the Trenches of the Culture Wars
Dole Fellow Jimmy LaSalvia introduces this semester’s study group topic and shares his experiences as an openly gay conservative who advocates on behalf of gay & lesbian Americans.
Feb. 25: The War on Women: Fact or Fiction
Issues ranging from abortion and contraception to equal pay have been framed in the context of a political “war on women.” We’ll look at the facts and the rhetoric, and the reality of the politics of gender.
Guests: Amy Kremer & Kylie Kremer, Tea Party Express
March 4: Religious Liberty vs. Equal Treatment Under Law
From wedding cakes to the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, we’ll look at the legal and political realities regarding our constitutional rights of Freedom of Religion and Equal Protection.
Guest: Tobias Wolff, Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania
March 11: Gay in America Today
Public opinion on the specific issue of the same-sex marriage, and homosexuality in general, has moved farther and faster than any other cultural issue in modern times. What happened and how did it happen so fast?
Guest: Chris Geidner, legal editor at Buzzfeed
March 25: The Glass Ceiling: Breaking Through Cultural Barriers
We have an African American president, will a woman be next? What is it like being the first person like you to achieve a prominent, high-profile position? Why is it important?
Guests: Miguel Marquez, CNN national correspondent & Sally Kohn, Movement Vision Lab founder/CEO and CNN commentator
April 1: The Cable News Blowtorch
How does cable news fan the flames of the culture war and increase the cultural divide? What harm are they doing in their pursuit of ratings?
Guest: Andrew Kirell, editor-in-chief of Mediaite.com
April 8: Politically Homeless
A record number of Americans now choose to not affiliate with a political party, and more and more are choosing political parties other than the two major parties. Are wedge-issue politics driving voters away from partisan politics?
Guest: Greg Orman, entrepreneur and recent Independent candidate for Senate from Kansas
Fall 2014 Wednesday Discussion Group
“Behind the Byline: Political Journalists on the Midterm Election” led by Dole Fellow Dave Helling, KC Star
WEDNESDAYS, 4 p.m. at the Dole Institute
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 guests as they dissect the evolution of political journalism and share insight on the 2014 elections that only veteran political journalists can provide.
Sept. 17 – Overview of 2014 Election & Journalism’s Role
Guests: David Von Drehle, Time Magazine; Jonathan Martin; New York Times; Juana Summers, NPR
Sept. 24 – How Television Journalists Cover the Midterms
Guests: Garrett Haake, KSHB; Nick Haines, KCPT
Oct. 1 – How Print Journalists Cover the Midterms
Guests: Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal; Jason Noble, Des Moines Register
Oct. 8 – How Radio Journalists Cover the Midterms
Guest: Steve Kraske, KCUR
Oct. 22 – Covering the Midterms on the Web
Guests: Martin Hawver, Hawver’s Capitol Report; Sam Zeff, KCUR
Oct. 29 – Alternative Press and the Midterm Election
Guest: Steve Vockrodt, The Pitch
Nov. 12 – Recap of the 2014 Election
WEDNESDAYS, 4 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns launched a new era of political communications, taking direct voter contact and mobilization of voters to levels never seen before. These innovative strategies created two historic victories and generated a 60-percent voter turnout rate for the first time in many decades. Dole Fellow Mark Sump delves into these political communication methods to reveal how they resulted in two Obama victories.
Feb. 19: Political Targeting & Voter Motivation
Dole Fellow Mark Sump and guest, political consultant, Hal Malchow, will discuss political targeting and how experimental science is used to motivate voters.
Feb. 26: Modeling & Targeting in Political Campaigns
Dole Fellow Mark Sump and guest, political consultant Ken Strasma, will discuss how modeling and targeting are used in political campaigns. Strasma was the modeling guru for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.
March 5: Social Media in Political Campaigns
Dole Fellow Mark Sump and guest, media consultant Matthew MacWilliams, will discuss social media and new mediums of political communication. MacWilliams was dubbed a “Media Wizard” by Campaigns & Elections Magazine.
March 12: Strategic Media Investment
Dole Fellow Mark Sump will host a video conference with Paul Begala, political consultant and commentator. They will discuss how media coverage of political campaigns has developed in the past few decades and where the money goes.
March 26: Activating Voters in Targeted Campaigns
Dole Fellow Mark Sump and guest, Democratic political consultant Michael Whouley, will discuss getting out the vote and how to target specific individuals and demographics. Whouley was a key strategist in Bill Clinton’s 1992 election victory.
April 2: New Media Advertising
Dole Fellow Mark Sump and guest, marketing consultant Amy Gonzalez, will discuss new media advertising and how to target Internet advertising using cookies, geographic clustering and other methods. Ms. Gonzalez will be joining us via Skype.
April 9: Progressive Campaigning
Guest Michael Miller is a 10 year veteran of campaigns and advocacy with work spanning an array of publishers and organizations within the progressive space. Drawing on strong backgrounds in field, digital and technology, Michael’s work focuses on generating holistic views of online and offline campaigning. A trainer with the New Organizing Institute and the New Leader’s Council, Michael teaches pragmatic options for campaigns and organizations to implement experiments and testing on scales large and small.
WEDNESDAYS, 4 p.m. at the Dole Institute
In today’s economy, private entrepreneurs and businesses innovate, produce and compete vigorously, with consumers benefiting in the end. Entrepreneurs take incredible risk. That’s why it’s important to find the best resources and learn how to make government work for you. This fall, Dole Fellow Sarian Bouma will explore the art of entrepreneurship, the role of government and opportunities to go global.
Sept. 18: The Small Business Administration: A Role for Women & Other Small Business Start-up Entities
Guest: Ana Recio Harvey, Former SBA Assistant Administrator Office of Women Business Development
Sept. 25: Going Global & Thinking Outside the Box: Global Trade Services for Small & Medium Enterprises
Guest: Harland Priddle, President of Priddle and Associates
Oct. 2: Before You Start a Business: Business & Politics
Guest: Mohamed Sillah, Executive Director for Africa World Conference of Mayors, United Nations of Cities
Oct. 9: The New Gutenberg Revolution
Guest: Dr. Ken Atchity, CEO and founder of Atchity Productions and Story Merchant
Oct. 23: Global Market Resources for Entrepreneurs & the China/Africa Market
Guest: Dr. Sharon Freeman, President, All American Small Business Exporters Association and U.S. Trade Representative Office Advisory Board Member
Oct. 30: Role as Saint Maarten’s First Female President of Parliament & One-Time Small Business Owner
Guest: Honorable Dr. Gracita Arrindell, President of Saint Maarten. Netherlands Antilles.
Nov. 6: Think Global & Local: Today’s Food & the Entertainment Industry for Local Artists & the Role for Young Entertainment Artists as Entrepreneurs
Guests: Larry Ojeleye, Lawrence small business owner, and Mohamed Kosia, successful global entrepreneur in the entertainment industry.
TUESDAYS, 2:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Tip O’Neill used to say, “all politics are local.” KC Democratic political consultant Steve Glorioso’s varied career in local, national and international politics provides him the background and experience needed to present you with a real-world suvival guide to community politics. Covering corruption, transparency, leadership styles and basic forms of local government, Glorioso’s study group has got it all. Come find out how to apply his ideas to your everyday political and civic involvement. Guests with join Glorioso to examine the difference between winning and losing elections and discuss why sometimes the best campaign you ever ran was a losing campaign.
July 9: Overview and discussion with Dole Fellow Steve Glorioso
July 16: Guests: Jean Paul Bradshaw, former U.S. Attorney in Western Missouri under Bush; Pat McInerney, former Assistant U.S. Attorney under Clinton
July 23: Overview and discussion with Dole Fellow Steve Glorioso
July 30: Guests: John Franklin, Assistant City Manager for Kansas City, MO; David Corliss, City Manager of Lawrence
August 6: Guests: Jeff Roe, Republican political strategist; Pat Gray, Democratic pollster and political consultant
WEDNESDAYS, 4 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Integrating diplomacy and defense and forging international security partnerships makes political-military affairs a timeless political topic. Spring 2013 Dole Fellow, Brigadier General Roosevelt Barfield (Ret.), explores the definitions, perspectives and stakeholders responsible for poltical military strategy. The first step in engagement is getting to knowthe key players on a personal level – join us each Wednesday to do just that!
Feb. 13: Intro session with Fellow Barfield
Feb. 20: Guest John Hoover, deputy to Ambassador Don Yamamoto, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. State Dept.; Topic: political engagement strategy and what drives regional and country-specific engagement.
Feb. 28: Military engagement strategy and the roles of various combatant commands. NOTE: Due to weather, our scheduled guest, Fmr. Rep. Patrick Murphey, was unable to join Gen. Barfield.
March 6: This week, Gen. Barfield will be joined via video conference by Patrick Murphy. Murphy is a former congressman from Pennsylvania and was the first Iraq War veteran elected to Congress. They will discuss military engagement strategy and the roles of various combatant commands.
March 13: Guest: Major Gen. (retired) Richard F. Sherlock, former Director of Strategy and Plans, U.S. Africa Command.
March 27: Guest: Daphne M. Titus, current Counselor for Consular Affairs for U.S. Mission nigeria. Topic: current events in the Horn of Africa region and the role of the U.S. State Department in military organization.
April 3: Dole Fellow Barfield
WEDNESDAYS, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
What we see and what actually happens in a campaign are two very different things. With one of the most important elections of our generation coming up, join the Dole Institute Fall Fellows, Nancy Dwight and Steve Hildebrand, for a look at Election 2012 from an insider’s perspective.
Dole Fellow NANCY DWIGHT is chairman of Dwight Partners, a New England consultancy specializing in strategic communications and organization building for corporate, political and non-profit clients. In the 1980’s, she served as the Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Commmittee, after serving as their campaign director in 1980.
Dole Fellow STEVE HILDEBRAND served as President Barack Obama’s Deputy National Campaign Manager during the historic 2008 presidential campaign. He also served as campaign manager for Senator Tim Johnson’s campaign in 2002 and Tom Daschle’s campaign in 2004, and as Political Director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 1997-1998.
SPRING 2012 STUDY GROUPS
TUESDAYS, 4 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Feb. 14: Political communications expert, Tom King, will explore the elements of a presidential campaign. King will provide an insider’s perspective and weekly commentary on the 2012 presidential race.
Feb. 21: Dole Fellow Tom King and guest, Aaron Leibowitz. Leibowitz is a Principal at Targeted Creative Communications, Inc, a Republican direct marketing company.
Feb. 28: Dole Fellow Tom King and guest, pollster Glen Bolger. Bolger is one of the Republican Party’s leading political strategists and pollsters. He is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs survey research firm whose clients include leading political figures, Fortune 500 companies, and major associations.
March 6: Dole Fellow Tom King and guest, Steve Murphy.
March 13: Dole Fellow Tom King and guest Alexander Burns, POLITICO journalist.
March 20: SPRING BREAK, NO STUDY GROUP
March 27: Dole Fellow Tom King and guest, former Dole Fellow Peter Fenn, president of Fenn Communications Group, one of the nation’s premier political and public affairs media firms.
April 3: Dole Fellow Tom King and guest TBA.
4 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Feb. 15: Fundriasing experts, Elizabeth Conatser & Lisa Spies, have worked with presidential candidates, US Senators, Congressmen and Governors. These Fellows will present a timely study group on the “nuts and bolts” of political fundraising.
Feb. 22: Dole Fellow Lisa Spies and guest, former Federal Election Commission/FEC Chairman and current Commissioner Donald McGahn.
Feb. 29: Dole Fellow Elizabeth Conatser and guest, veteran political fundraiser Bev Shea.
March 7: Dole Fellow Lisa Spies and guest, RNC Finance Director Angela Meyers.
March 14: Dole Fellow Lisa Spies and guest, Michael Beach, co-founder of Targeted Victory, the premier Republican digital strategic consulting firm, serving over 40 clients including Maco Rubio for Senate I(FL), American Crossroads, Susana Martinez for Governor (NM), and Mitt Romney’s Presidential Campaign. Targeted Victory BLOG.
March 21: Spring Break–No Study Group
March 28: Dole Fellow Elizabeth Conatser and guest, Jeff Freeman, senior Federal lobbyist for the National Rifle Association (NRA).
April 4: ‘Direct Mail and Online Fundraising,’ with guest Bill Spence, Response America, a premier direct mail and voter contact firm.