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Spring 2017 Programs

Fort Leavenworth Series
The Chinese Way of War
with Gary Bjorge
Thursday, Feb. 2 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

The popular Fort Leavenworth series kicks off 2017 with an examination of Chinese military thought from ancient times to present. Gary Bjorge will draw thought on the topic through the lens of the Huai Hai Campaign, the largest campaign fought by Chinese Communist forces during the Chinese Civil War (1946-49).


Presidential Lecture Series
The U.S. and the Great War: 100 Years Later

On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked a joint session of Congress to make the world “safe for democracy.” Four days later, the United States entered World War I, one of the deadliest wars in American history. The 2017 Presidential Lecture Series will welcome expert guest lecturers to dive inside U.S. involvement in the Great War and the ways in which the war effort touched all levels of society.

America’s Road to War
Thursday, Feb. 2 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

When war broke out in Europe in 1914, the U.S. stood on the sidelines as President Wilson asked his fellow citizens to remain neutral “in thought as well as in deed.” Noted scholar and Chair of War Studies in the U.S. Army War College Michael Neiberg introduces our lecture series, exploring the complex paths of politics, economics and cultural divisions that came together and brought America into the war less than three years later.

A Giant with Feet of Clay: The American Military in the Great War
Thursday, Feb. 9 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

The story of how the U.S. Army sought to transform itself over the course of eighteen months into a comparable or superior military force to the European armies is grounded in irony. Richard S. Faulkner, professor with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, lays out how the American Expeditionary Forces played a pivotal role in the brutal campaigns that led to Germany’s defeat on the battlefield.

Americans All: The Homefront in World War I
Thursday, Feb. 16 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

In America, World War I brought expanded involvement in global politics, the experience of modern warfare—and equally important domestic changes. Noted scholar from Chapman College Jennifer Keene will discuss the responses of Americans to the introduction of the draft, economic mobilization, the patriotism crusade and its effects and much more.

Boldness and Frailty:  Woodrow Wilson’s Fight for the League of Nations
Thursday, Feb. 23 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Acclaimed biographer of Woodrow Wilson and professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, John Milton Cooper closes the series by painting a portrait of Wilson and his transformative leadership. Wilson guided the nation through World War I and sought to bring about an international system to ensure lasting peace. He arguably established a new way of thinking about international relations that, 25 years later, ushered in the United Nations.


Spring Discussion Group Series
President Trump: The First 100 Days
with Henry “C.J.” Jackson and Johanna Maska 
Wednesdays, March 1, 15, 29; April 5, 19, 26; May 3 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Fresh off a dramatic election season, KU alumni Henry “C.J.” Jackson (POLITICO) and Johanna Maska (former White House director of press advance) will examine and interpret the first 100 days of the Trump administration as they happen. Jackson and Maska will welcome a who’s-who of Washington insiders and reporters to explore a complex season in U.S. politics.


Fort Leavenworth Series
The Western Way of War in East Asia
with Dr. Joseph G. D. Babb
Thursday, March 2 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Beginning in the mid-19th century, both China and Japan reformed their militaries based on western models with help from several western militaries, including the U.S. Dr. Joseph G. D. Babb explores the role of foreign advisors as well as influence of the western way of war on China and Japan.


Innovation Series
The Finances of Innovation
with Jack Cline and Kei Koizumi 
Wednesday, March 8 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

In the 21st century, government financing plays an ever-increasing role in scientific innovation. Hosted in partnership with the KU School of Engineering, join a fascinating discussion with two experts in federal research and development funding: Jack Cline, KU director of federal relations, and Kei Koizumi, former assistant director for federal research and development at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


Student Advisory Board Program
Talking It Out: Freedom of Speech and Safe Spaces on Campus
with Dr. Micah Kubic and Dr. Robert Warrior 
Tuesday, March 14 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Are free speech and safe spaces doomed to exist in opposition on college campuses? Can universities simultaneously protect free expression while promoting student wellness? Join the Dole Institute’s Student Advisory Board (SAB) for its biannual program, featuring a conversation with Dr. Micah Kubic, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kansas and Dr. Robert Warrior, President of the American Studies Association (ASA).


The Other Side: A Liberal Democrat Explores Conservative America
with Joe McGovern 
Thursday, March 30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Documentary filmmaker Joe McGovern started with a question: Is the source of our political anger with others caused, in part, by a lack of understanding? The result is his film “The Other Side,” documenting his travels across the U.S. and candid interviews with conservative Americans.


Ronald Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal
with Gene Kopelson 
Tuesday, April 4 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Author Gene Kopelson shares the story of Ronald Reagan’s first quest for the presidency in the late 1960s. Mentored by Dwight D. Eisenhower and opposed politically by Robert Kennedy, Reagan’s first major foray into presidential politics set the tone for his future candidacies — and eventual victory. This program will include a book sale and signing.


2017 Dole Lecture: Robert Kaplan
Wednesday, April 5 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Explore the complex world of U.S. monetary policy and the central banking system in the 2017 Dole Lecture with Robert Kaplan, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Only the second KU alumnus to deliver the Dole Lecture, Kaplan will discuss his career as leader of one of the 12 banks in the Federal Reserve System and the role of the Federal Reserve in the U.S. economy.


Fort Leavenworth Series
The Tet Offensive
with Wilburn E. “Bud” Meador, Jr
Thursday, April 6 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Join Marine Corps veteran Wilburn E. “Bud” Meador, Jr., for the story of a fight—small in tactical significance, but perhaps the most strategically important struggle of the Vietnam War. A watch stander at the U.S. Embassy and all USAID posts in Saigon in 1967, Meador examines the attack on the Embassy by the Viet Cong and the actions of U.S. leaders and their chains of command.


Easter Egg Roll with Dole
Saturday, April 15 – 10:00 a.m. at the Dole Institute

Join the institute for a free morning of family fun at the annual Easter Egg Roll with Dole. This event includes a White House-style egg roll race, egg hunt, snacks, crafts, live bunnies and more. The event is on rain or shine, and all children receive a special goody bag when departing the event. Children of all ages are welcome, though egg roll and hunt activities will be split up between ages 3-12.


Your Story, His Story, the Legacy: Vietnam’s POW/MIA Wives
with Heath Hardage Lee
Thursday, May 7 – Time TBA at the Dole Institute

Open the Institute’s new special exhibition with a discussion with 2017 Dole Archives Curatorial Fellow, historian Heath Hardage Lee, and POW/MIA wives on their leadership efforts during the Vietnam War, from breaking public silence to international diplomacy. The “Your Story, His Story, the Legacy” series focuses on stories of history and leadership from those with connections to Senator Dole’s own life and career.


Fort Leavenworth Series
Withdrawal from Vietnam
with Dr. James Wilbanks
Thursday, May 18 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
President Richard Nixon took office in Jan. 1969 after promising to end the war in Vietnam. The process to turn the war over to South Vietnamese troops took four years, and the war began again after U.S. withdrawal in March 1973, and lasted until April 1975. Explore the U.S. withdrawal and Vietnamization program here with decorated veteran and Vietnam expert Dr. James Wilbanks.

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