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Spring 2015 Programs

2015 Ft. Leavenworth Series
Military Innovations in Peace and War: German Mechanization
with Louis A. DiMarco
Thursday, May 7 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
This lecture will focus on the integration of mechanized capability into the German Army in the years between World War I and World War II. It will discuss the development of doctrine, technologies, and organizations related to mechanization. It will also highlight the role of key individuals leading the process of mechanization.

Dr. Louis A. Dimarco retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army in 2005 after more than 24 years of active service. Dr. Dimarco is the author or co-author of several Amy doctrinal manuals, and of numerous scholarly articles. His most recent published work is “The Mechanized Cavalry’s Critical Contribution to Victory in Europe, 1944-45,” in the Global War Studies Journal, 2013. He is also the author of two books: War Horse: A history of the Military Horse and Rider (Westholme, 2008) and Concrete Hell: Modern Urban Operations from Stalingrad to Iraq (Osprey, 2012).


POSTPONED: This program has been postponed to a later date.
The Director’s Series – Spring 2015
An Afternoon with Karl Brooks
Wednesday, April 16 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Karl Brooks is a friend of the DIOP and former KU faculty (History) who currently serves in the Obama Administration as EPA Region 7 Administrator. We’ll find out about his current efforts at the EPA and what is on the horizon. This program was selected to be a part of our new afternoon Director’s Series, as the topic is of particular interest to our director, Bill Lacy.


Politically Homeless
Spring 2015 Study Group: All Politics is Personal with spring fellow, Jimmy LaSalvia
Wednesday, April 8 | 4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
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?


Income Inequality: Is America Still the Land of Opportunity?
with Dr. Joe Sicilian, Chair of the University of Kansas Department of Economics and Dr. Arthur Hall, Executive Director of the Center for Applied Economics at the University of Kansas School of Business
Tuesday, April 7 | 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
From discussions on increasing the federal minimum wage to protests against the “1 Percent”, the subject of income inequality is pervasive in most modern political issues. Join the Dole Institute of Politics Student Advisory Board in a moderated discussion on the dynamics of income inequality in the U.S. Our experts will shed insight on what this issue actually is, whether it is a problem in our modern society, and if so, what can be cone to rectify it.


The Director’s Series – Spring 2015
“The Reagan Enigma: 1964-1980”
with author Thomas Reed
Tuesday, April 7 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Our Dole Institute director, Bill Lacy, is fascinated by all things Reagan. Therefore, Reed’s book The Reagan Enigma was a natural choice for the Director’s Series. Reed ran the President’s first California gubernatorial campaign and his book provides great insight into the evolution of a leader.


2015 Ft. Leavenworth Series
Military Innovations in Peace and War: Evolution of the General Staff
with Jonathan House

Thursday, April 2 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Most military innovations involve the employment of some technological development. Yet, one of the most influential of such innovations is the development of the General Staff, which one British author referred to as “the Brain of an Army.” First developed in Prussia, this much-imitated organization was essential to success in war since the 1860s.

Jonathan House is a Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. A graduate of Hamilton College, he received both his doctorate in French military history and his commission in the U.S. Army at the University of Michigan in 1975. House retired as a colonel of Military Intelligence. He is the author of Combined Arms Warfare in the Twentieth Century (2001), A Military History of the Cold War, 1944-1962 (2012), and Controlling Paris: Armed Forces and Counter-Revolution, 1789-1848 (2014). He is also the co-author, with David Glantz, of numerous studies of the Soviet-German portion of World War II.


Appomattox 150
with historical interpretations of Generals Grant & Lee
Wednesday, April 1 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865. Join historical interpreters, Larry Clowers (Grant) and Ted Kachel (Lee) as they bring two iconic American military leaders to life, taking us back to the meeting that brought an end to the U.S. Civil War.


The Cable News Blowtorch
Spring 2015 Study Group: All Politics is Personal with spring fellow, Jimmy LaSalvia
Wednesday, April 1 – 4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
How does cable news fan the flames of the culture ware and increase the cultural divide? What harm are they doing in their pursuit of ratings?
Guest: Andrew Kirell, editor and chief of Mediaite.com


“In Advance of Fate: Portrait of an Abolitionist”
with author Charles E. Heller
Tuesday, March 31 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Heller’s impressively researched work tells the story of the transformation of Boston industrialist George L. Stearns from an apolitical citizen with only sympathetic leanings against slavery to a radical abolitionist, who boasted …”I gave old John Brown every pike and rifle he carried to Harper’s Ferry.” A surefire program for Civil War junkies and those fascinated by our region’s history. This event includes a book sale and signing.


Prospects for Improved U.S.-Iran Relations
with former U.S. Representative Jim Slattery
Monday, March 30 | 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Mr. Slattery will discuss his recent trip to Iran, hope for successful nuclear talks, and the crucial people-to-people aspect of U.S.-Iran relations called the Abrahamic Dialogue, which encourages interfaith dialogue and reconciliation between the two countries. A timely program that goes beyond the headlines.


The Director’s Series – Spring 2015
GOP Division: The Fight Between Libertarians and Social Conservatives
with Ben Domenech
Thursday, March 26 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Ben Domenech is the editor of the online publication The Federalist. He will provide a fascinating look at a growing problem that will manifest itself clearly in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. This program was selected to be a part of our new afternoon Director’s Series, as the topic is of particular interest to our director, Bill Lacy.


The Glass Ceiling: Breaking Through Cultural Barriers
Spring 2015 Study Group: All Politics is Personal with spring fellow, Jimmy LaSalvia
Wednesday, March 25 – 4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
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?


Recognizing Cuba
with Frank Calzon and Marifeli Perez-Stable
Tuesday, March 24 – 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Frank Calzon, executive director of the Center for a Free Cuba, and Marifeli Perez-Stable, professor at Florida International University, join us for a moderated and timely discussion on formal U.S. recognition of Cuba, beginning with lines of commerce and travel that have been restricted since 1960. This program is co-sponsored by the Pan American Association of Kansas City (PANAM-KC).


Gay in America Today
Spring 2015 Study Grop: All Politics is Personal with spring fellow, Jimmy LaSalvia
Wednesday, March 11 – 4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Public opinion on the specific issue of 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


“Harvesting the High Plains”
with director Jay Kriss
Tuesday, March 10 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
“Harvesting the High Plains” is a documentary that traces the evolution of two men’s search for agricultural answers in the face of the Dustbowl, which changed the Breadbasket of the World into the Great American Desert. The film is inspired by Craig Miner’s book of the same name, is narrated by Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs), and has been featured on public television stations across the U.S. This program includes a film screening and Q&A session.


2015 Ft. Leavenworth Series
Military Innovations in Peace and War: Battle of the Yalu – All-Steel Warship
with Dr. Terry Beckenbaugh
Thursday, March 5 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
The military historians from the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth return with a new series that provides in-depth and expert knowledge of the military innovations that have been created to support our country’s armed services during peace and war time. From cavalry tactics to entire battleships – necessity has been the mother of invention.


2015 Presidential Lecture Series: The First Woman President 2.0
Part IV: Women’s Leadership on Campus: Discovering the Leader in You
with KU faculty panelists Mary Banwart, Ann Cudd & Alice Lieberman
Wednesday, March 4 – 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Do you communicate confidence, ambition, and capability? Panelists from Communication Studies, Philosophy, and Social Welfare, along with moderator, Dole Institute associate director Barbara Ballard, will be on hand to discuss your leadership potential. Topics will explore values, tactics, and beliefs – all factors that contribute to becoming the leader you would like to be.


Religious Liberty vs. Equal Treatment Under Law
Spring 2015 Study Group: All Politics is Personal with spring fellow, Jimmy LaSalvia
Wednesay, March 4 – 4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
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


“Your Story, His Story, the Legacy” Visits Topeka
Thursday, Feb. 26 – 6:30 p.m.
Washburn University, Topeka, KS
The Dole Institute of Politics’ popular program highlighting the legacy of Senator Bob Dole hits the road with the University of Kansas Alumni Association and in partnership with Washburn University to present a special program featuring materials and information from the Dole Archive and Special Collections. More details to be announced soon.

Public Invitation »
This program is FREE and OPEN to the public, however reservations are required.


“Advance Man”
with author, Steven Jacques
Thursday, Feb. 26 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
The Director’s Series kicks off with the first Fellow at the Dole Institute, Steven Jacques, and his new novel, “Advance Man,” which goes behind the scenes of a fictional presidential race to show a challenging, secretive, yet very public seventy-two hours of American political campaigning from the point of view of the lead advance man. This event includes a book sale and signing.


The War on Women: Fact or Fiction
Spring 2015 Study Group: All Politics is Personal with spring fellow, Jimmy LaSalvia
Wednesday, Feb. 25 – 4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
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 rhetoric, and the reality of the politics of gender.
Guests: Amy Kremer & Kylie Kremer, Tea Party Express


2015 Presidential Lecture Series: The First Woman President 2.0
Part III: Women Legislative Leadership
with panelists Rep. Gilda Cobb Hunter, Beka Romm & Joan Wagnon
Tuesday, Feb. 24 – 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Dole Institute associate director and State Representative, Barbara Ballard, will moderate this discussion on leadership, time pressures, and what it takes to successfully lead on the local, state, and federal levels. Come hear more about confronting and overcoming hurdles – be they political, personal, or social – from those working in the legislative arena.


Homocon: A Gay Conservative’s View From the Trenches of the Culture Wars
Spring 2015 Study Group: All Politics is Personal with spring fellow, Jimmy LaSalvia
Wednesday, Feb. 18 – 4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

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.


2015 Presidential Lecture Series: The First Woman President 2.0
Part II: The New Paradigm for Women’s Political Success with Adrienne Kimmell
Tuesday, Feb. 17 – 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Executive director of the nonpartisan Barbara Lee Family Foundation, Adrienne Kimmell, joins us to look at how research is helping women candidates utilize advantages unique to their gender to tailor ads, speeches, and messaging into successful campaigns. From personal traits, to actions that convey qualifications and likeability, to recovery from mistakes, this program will look at what it takes for women to seek and win elective office.


2015 Presidential Lecture Series: The First Woman President 2.0
Part I: An Evening with Kathleen Sebelius
Thursday, Feb. 12 – 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Former Governor of Kansas and former Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, will be interviewed about her journey in public service from her days in Kansas politics to her presidential appointment in Washington, and the challenges she faced in her two pivotal executive roles. Read the news release here.


Ft. Leavenworth Series
Military Innovations: Innovation at Waterloo
Thursday, Feb. 5 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Guest: Mark Gerges

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