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Spring 2016 Programs

Presidential Lecture Series
They Also Ran: America’s Would-Be Presidents
with Richard Norton Smith
Sunday, Jan. 31 – 4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Noted presidential historian and former Dole Institute director Richard Norton Smith returns this spring to examine the politicians who were nominated to America’s highest office but never elected. Covering their careers and the reasons behind their losses, this timely four-part series will shed light on the impact of presidential elections on U.S. politics.

Part One: The 19th Century
In the 1800s, three men ran for President of the United States a combined nine times, but never claimed the prize. Though Henry Clay, James G. Blaine and William Jennings Bryan’s presidential candidacies failed, their historical contributions and careers inspired millions.


Presidential Lecture Series
They Also Ran: America’s Would-Be Presidents
with Richard Norton Smith
Monday, Feb. 1 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Part Two: Governors of New York

The beginning of the 20th century saw the rise of New York’s influence on United States politics, along with the start of America’s love/hate relationship with the Empire State. Three New York governors in Charles Evans Hughes, Thomas E. Dewey and Al Smith became key leaders across the political spectrum.


Fort Leavenworth Series
A Raid Too Far: Operation Lam Son 719
with Dr. James Willbanks
Thursday, Feb. 4 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute


An Evening with Lynn Sherr: Sally Ride and the U.S. Space Program
Wednesday, Feb. 24 – 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Part of 2016 Read Across Lawrence programming

Astronaut. Physicist. Trailblazer. Many words describe Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, but few encapsulate her impact on science, NASA and the U.S. space program. ABC News’ Lynn Sherr joins the Dole Institute and the Lawrence Public Library to discuss Ride as part of the library’s annual “Read Across Lawrence” program. A longtime 20/20 correspondent, Sherr is the author of Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space.


Fort Leavenworth Series
Agents of Innovation
with Dr. John Kuehn
Thursday, March 3 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Dr. Kuehn joins us to discuss his book, Agents of Innovation, covering the influence of the General Board of the U.S. Navy as an agent of innovation in the years between World Wars I and II.  The General Board helped navigate the balance between fleet design and treaty limitations in these crucial post-war years, creating a so-called “treaty fleet” that managed to fight the Japanese to a standstill in 1942.


Truman’s Unused A-Bombs: Beyond Fat Man and Little Boy
with Mike Devine
Tuesday, March 8 – 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Seventy years after Fat Man and Little Boy were dropped on Japan, former Truman Library Director and American foreign policy expert Dr. Mike Devine joins us for a discussion of the A-Bombs that were ready but never used. He will provide insights on President Truman’s decision to use the bomb to end WWII and what may have happened if Japan had refused to surrender.


The Korean Comfort Women
with Maija Devine
Thursday, March 10 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Around 1937, young Korean girls and women began to disappear following Korean and Japanese “job” recruiters. Mostly aged 12-19 and from the poorest families in rural areas, these first comfort women provided sex to 20-30 Japanese soldiers daily, with promised (but mostly unrealized) compensation. Author and Korean scholar Maija Devine joins us for a look at the stories and little-known suffering of women not often counted among WWII’s victims.


Spring 2016 Discussion Groups
A View from the Bench: Politics and Public Policy
with Spring 2016 Dole Fellow, Hon. Joyce London Ford
March 22 & 29, April 5, 12, 19 & 26 – 4 p.m.

Named a 2010 “Diversity Hero” of Massachusetts lawyers, Judge Joyce London Ford is no stranger to adversity. As the nation’s first African-American Chief United States Magistrate Judge, former professor and legislative assistant, Judge London Ford will lead a series that examines the interactions of governance and the law. At each discussion group, she will be joined by distinguished guests for conversations about their unique interactions with justice in the political system.


Director’s Series: Jimmy LaSalvia
Thursday, March 24 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

The 2016 Director’s Series will kick off with former Dole Fellow Jimmy LaSalvia and his new book, NO HOPE: Why I left the GOP (and You Should Too). LaSalvia will discuss his evolution from team-player Republican to free-thinking independent, and present his arguments against the current two-party political system in the United States. This event will include a book sale and signing.

The Director’s Series is a group of programs selected each semester by the Dole Institute of Politics that enhances afternoon programming with interviews on diverse political topics that are of particular interest to our director, Bill Lacy.


Election Preview: The Future of the GOP
with Alex Castellanos
Monday, March 28 – 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Join CNN contributor and Republican strategist Alex Castellanos for his provocative assessment of the status of the Republican Party and in-depth analysis of the 2016 presidential election. Castellanos is the founder of NewRepublican.org and has worked on electoral campaigns for candidates including Bob Dole, George W. Bush, Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney.


Fort Leavenworth Series
Fighting Joe Hooker
with Ethan S. Rafuse, Ph.D.
Thursday, April 7 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

In January 1863, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Joseph Hooker commander of the Army of the Potomac, hoping he had finally found the general who could lead the North to victory over Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Just over six months later, Hooker was relieved of his duties. In this talk, Dr. Ethan Rafuse examines Hooker’s controversial military career, including the challenges he could not overcome and his contributions to Union operations.


The National Security Advisor
with Don Gregg
Thursday, April 7 – 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Go inside the most critical security conversations in the West Wing with Vice President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Advisor, Don Gregg. The former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, chairman of the Korea Society and the first National Security Council member to speak at the Dole Institute, Gregg will discuss national security and contemporary international issues in today’s globalized world.


Dole Student Advisory Board Presents: Red and Blue States of Mind
with Patrick Miller
Tuesday, April 12 – 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

When it comes to elections, voters’ actions resemble that of sports team members trying to preserve the status of their teams rather than citizens participating in the political process, according to KU Assistant Professor of Political Science Patrick Miller. In the first of two important programs on polarization, Miller will discuss his research and how strong partisan identities lead to hostility more than ideologies and issue preferences.


2016 Dole Lecture
with Martin Frost and Tom Davis
Sunday, April 17 – 4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

In a high-stakes election year with deep divisions along party lines, bipartisanship often feels like a thing of the past. Former Congressmen Tom Davis (R) and Martin Frost (D) will join us to discuss why gridlock is more prominent than ever—and how it can be stopped. With 40 years of combined service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Davis and Frost are the authors of Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis. This event will include a book sale and signing.


Presidential Lecture Series

They Also Ran: America’s Would-Be Presidents
with Richard Norton Smith
Monday, April 25 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Part Three: Influence in Defeat

Adlai Stevenson and Barry Goldwater were polar opposites in many ways. One was from the left and the other the right, but both possessed devoted followers and had profound influence on their party’s development in the mid-20th century.


Presidential Lecture Series
They Also Ran: America’s Would-Be Presidents
with Richard Norton Smith
Tuesday, April 26 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Part Four: The Contemporary Midwesterners

Smith wraps up the series by bringing us to modern times with Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern and Robert Dole, three native Midwesterners who had a historical impact that far exceeded their electoral vote.


Fort Leavenworth Series
Bigger Bombs for a Brighter Tomorrow 
with Dr. John Curatola
Thursday, May 5 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Dr. John Curatola’s recent book, Bigger Bombs for a Brighter Tomorrow, focuses on American post-war nuclear strategies. In this talk, he will examine the various issues that hindered America’s ability to employ its nuclear monopoly during the late 1940s, including a failure in the ability to adequately plan, produce, train and equip its atomic offensive.

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