Dole Forum 2009


Spring 2009


Pat Caddell, noted pollster appeared at the Institute on April 21, 2009Tuesday, April 21, 2009
"Politics, Pop Culture and Polling"

PAT CADDELL - multi-faceted politico

Pat Caddell is a noted public opinion pollster, political strategist, Fox News commentator, and former writer for The West Wing. Caddell was "interviewed" by Institute Director Bill Lacy about the current situation in Washington, how politics is portrayed in popular media, and his days polling for former president Jimmy Carter. Press Release
Note: Pat Caddell was also the 4:00 Study Group guest.

Inaugural Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture

Jana MackeyWednesday, April 15, 2009
"The Equity Imperative:
Why it matters to talk about women"

KIM GANDY president of NOW

Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, will give the inaugural lecture for the Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series, created by the University, in memory of late women’s rights activist and KU student Jana Lynne Mackey. ..Press Release |

T. Boone Pickens will discuss the Pickens Plan at the Institute on April 8 at 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 8. 2009 at the Institute
Town Hall Meeting

on The Pickens Plan

On Wednesday afternoon, April 8, 2009, the community joined T. Boone Pickens at the Institute for a discussion about a nationwide sustainable energy plan, The Pickens Plan. Introductions were made by former Senator Bob Dole and by Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) at the meeting.
press release | photo journal

Scene from Iraq with Iraqi woman and child smiling at military guard.Sunday, April 5, 2009 at the Institute
8:00 a.m. - Part I .1:00 p.m. - Part II

between the Dole Institute & Baghdad

With the war in Iraq entering its sixth year and President Obama promising to end combat operations in Iraq by 2010 many questions remain unanswered. This two-part teleconference will answer some of those questions.
PART I of the program will be a public discussion between regional college students here and students in Iraq (see program handout for names) about issues that concern young people on a global level, including the future of their nations and their world.
PART II of the program will be an interview by Bill Lacy of the following decision makers in Baghdad: Major General Qassim Atta, military spokesman for the Government of Iraq; Major General David Perkins, Director of Strategic Effects for the USA multi-national force in Iraq;
Dr. Ali al-Dabbaugh, spokesman for the Government of Iraq; and, U.S. Ambassador Adam Ereli in Iraq . This event is co-sponsored by the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth and the Dole Institute of Politics.
press release
program handout | photo journal |
KANSAN coverage | LJWorld coverage

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
“Spirit of 1976: Why the Senior Carter Administration officials Jody Powell, Scott Burnett and Tim Kraft discussed the 1976 presidential campaign at the Dole Institute on March 10, 2009.Presidential Campaign is a Classic”

Dole Institute Associate Director Jonathan Earle interviewed three "insiders" from President Jimmy Carter’s '76 Campaign & White House staff.
Jody Powell, Carter’s White House press secretary and confidant was featured on the cover of Time magazine in 1977 as one of “the President’s Boys” and is currently CEO of the public relations firm Powell Tate. Scott Burnett, director of the Presidential Speakers Bureau is the Dole Institute’s spring fellow and legislative chairman of the Jackson County, Missouri, legislature. Tim Kraft, key to Carter's Iowa and Pennsylvania primary wins in 1976, served as Carter's White House political liason. press release
C-SPAN overview of '76 Campaign
program handout | photo journal

Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement spoke at the Institute on March 1, 2009.Sunday, March 1, 2009
Former U.S. Solicitor General

"Arguing the Government’s Case:
The Solicitor General in the Supreme Court"

Clement discussed his time as litigator under the Bush administration. He was interviewed by KU constitutional law professor Stephen McAllister. This program was co-sponsored by the Dole Institute of Politics, the KU School of Law and the KU student chapter of the Federalist Society | press release | photo journal

Sherman Lecture on Barbara Jordan biographyTuesday, February 3, 2009
Black History Month Event
“Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth
with Eloquent Thunder”


Max Sherman is Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He is editor of a collection of Jordan’s most memorable speeches, “Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder” (Feb '07). As a friend and colleague of Jordan's for 25 years, both in the Texas Senate and at the LBJ School, Sherman knew the former Congresswoman well. He will discuss the context of who she was and why she was important, and the extent to which her message is still relevant in the 21st century. Barbara Jordan was the first African-American woman from the South to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. A book signing followed the lecture.
HEAR the audio voice of the late Barbara Jordan via this link.
press release | program handout
photo journal |
NOTE: Max Sherman also lectured on KU's Edwards Campus
Wednesday, February 4, 2008 - Regnier Hall


Dole Forum - Fall 2009


White Glove Tour of the Dole Archive
Saturday, December 12, 2009
10:30 a.m. at the Dole Institute

Take a 30-minute tour of the Dole Archive, which is home to 4,000 boxes of Congressional papers, more than 25,000 photographs and other memorabilia belonging to or related to former Senator Bob Dole.

<emtpy>China Town Hall
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
7 p.m. at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union

A two-part discussion on topics related to China, brought to you by KU's Center for East Asian Studies. At 7 p.m., “Issues in US-China Relations” begins via a live Web cast with Kurt Campbell, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacifc Affairs. Immediately following, Bonnie Glaser will discuss “Chinese Foreign Policy: Continuity and Change.” Glaser is a senior fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Co-sponsored by the Dole Institute.


Leadership and Globalization in Sports
with International Mountain Guide and Everest Summitter Robert Link
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Link will talk about the broader economic, social and political impact of sports throughout the world. ABOUT ROBERT LINK: Link began the sport at age 7 when he and his father climbed Mount Adams, Washington state's second highest peak.Since then, he has summited Mount Rainier, also in Washington, more than 300 times and climbed extensively throughout the world, including Nepal, Tibet, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Antarctica, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Italy and Alaska. In 1990, Link summited the North Col Route on Everest with climbers from China and Russia as part of the International Peace Climb, still touted by Guinness World Records as the most successful Everest expedition to date.



Veterans Day Program
A Tribute to Veterans: USO-Style
Sunday, November 15, 2009
5:30 p.m. ~ Salute to Veterans
6:00 p.m. ~ Music & Dance
Veterans and their families are invited to join the Dole Institute of Politics for a Salute to Veterans and an evening of music and dancing with the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra. The event is free, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED as space is limited. Please contact the Dole Institute at (785) 864-4900 or to reserve your space by Monday, November 9, 2009.


Friends of the Dole Institute Private Annual Dinner
With Craig Shirley, author of Rendezvous with Destiny
Monday, November 2, 2009
6 p.m at the Dole Institute
The Dole Institute hosts this invitation-only, annual dinner to honor Friends of the Dole Institute at the FRIEND level ($100) and above. Craig Shirley, President of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, will be interviewed about his career and latest book by Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy. Attendees will receive a free copy of Rendezvous with Destiny.

Speaker Newt Gingrich
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich visits Lawrence as the inaugural Robert J. Dole Distinguished Visiting Fellow. First elected U.S. Representative from Georgia in 1978, Gingrich became a natural leader in the House. He led the Republican party to regain control of Congress in 1994 and became the first Republican speaker in nearly 50 years. Gingrich served as Speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999.
The program is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Discussion of the Global Plight of Children
featuring Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN Under-Secretary General for Children & Armed Conflict
Friday, October 30, 2009
10:00am at the Dole Institute

On Friday, Oct. 30, Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN Under-Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, will lead a discussion on the global plight of children at 10 a.m.

Afghanistan at a Crossroads
featuring Brian Katulis, adviser to the Obama administration on Afghanistan
Monday, October 26, 2009
4:30pm at the Dole Institute

Brian Katulis will discuss the President’s national security strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Katulis has worked in Afghanistan in an election-monitoring role and is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.


The Battle for America Series

A two-part series focused on contemporary politics, featuring three of America’s top political journalists

2008: Obama’s Victory
featuring Washington Post reporter Dan Balz
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Balz, author of The Battle for America 2008, will take the audience inside the Obama campaign for a behind-the-scenes look at the one of the best run presidential campaigns in history. He’ll also provide details and insider knowledge of the other presidential-hopeful’s 2008 bids for the White House.
A book signing of The Battle of America 2008 will follow the program. Free copies will be given to 25 students via a drawing.

PART TWO of the Battle for America Series
A two-part series focused on contemporary politics, featuring three of America’s top political journalists
2010 and Beyond
featuring USA Today senior political correspondent and Kansas native Susan Page, and Politico columnist Jonathan Martin
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Page and Martin will share their thoughts about the current Obama administration, predictions for the midterm elections and beyond.

The Top 10 Myths About Health Care Reform
featuring KU Medical Center Vice Chancellor for Public Policy and Planning and noted health policy expert Marcia Nielsen
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
With the national conversation on health care disintegrating into misinformation and distortions, the Dole Institute steps in with this civil and bipartisan discussion. KU Medical Center Vice Chancellor for Public Policy and Planning and health policy expert Marcia Nielsen and Dole Institute director Bill Lacy will examine the health care reform ‘facts’ distributed by both Democrats and Republicans in this evening event.
Before returning to the KU Medical Center in July, Nielsen served as executive director of the Kansas Health Policy Authority from 2006-2009. The KHPA is the principle health care agency for the state and is tasked with developing and maintaining a coordinated health policy agenda that combines the effective purchasing and administration of health care with promotion-oriented public health strategies.
While at KHPA, Nielsen oversaw the administration of Kansas Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, MediKan, the State Employee Health Program and the State Self-Insurance Fund that provides workers compensation coverage to state employees.
Nielsen holds a master’s degree in public health from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins. She spent a decade in Washington, D.C. during which she served as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey during the debate over comprehensive health care reform in the 1990s. She has also served as a health lobbyist and assistant director of legislation for the AFL-CIO.

2009 Dole Leadership Prize presented to
Donna Shalala

Monday September 28, 2009
7:30pm - 9:00pm at the Lied Center

The 2009 Dole Leadership Prize will be presented to Donna Shalala, former Health & Human Services Secretary. Shalala is receiving the prize for her long history of public service, including her role as co-chair of the Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors with Bob Dole. Shalala became the longest serving U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Clinton (1993-2001). As HHS Secretary, she directed the welfare reform process, made health insurance available to an estimated 3.3 million children, raised child immunization rates and revitalized the National Institutes of Health. At the end of her tenure as HHS Secretary, The Washington Post described her as "one of the most successful government managers of modern times." Shalala is currently President of the University of Miami, with more than 25 years of experience as an accomplished scholar, teacher, and administrator. The 2009 Dole Leadership Prize is made possible with support from the Sunflower Foundation.


<>Family Day at the Dole Institute
Breakfast and White Glove Tour at the Dole Institute
Saturday, September 26, 2009
9-11 a.m. at the Dole Institute
Breakfast pastries, juice and coffee for KU students, their families, and alumni will be served in celebration of Family Day. Complimentary tours, giveaways, a children’s scavenger hunt, and information on preserving family heirlooms and precious photos and documents is also available. Free 30-minute White Glove Tours of the Dole Archive will occur at 9 and 10 a.m., with each tour limited to 15 guests. The Dole Archive houses Senator Bob Dole’s 4,000 boxes of Congressional papers and 25,000 photographs. No reservations are required, but space is limited.

<>Discussion of Politics and the News Media
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
7:30 pm at the Dole Institute of Politics
The Dole Institute will host the host two political journalists for a discussion of politics and the news media in the 2009 Muncy Journalism & Politics Lecture: The Loyal Opposition.
Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of the National Review Online, and Stephen Dinan, political reporter at The Washington Times, will examine social news media, media bias and other challenges facing journalism today.

<>Global Solutions for Global Poverty
Tues. September 15, 2009
7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Global Solutions for Global Poverty with guest John Page, former Chief Economist for the Africa Region of the World Bank, will discuss the challenges of relieving poverty and promoting growth in the developing world. Page has more than 30 years experience in international development and is currently an adviser to the African Development Bank and the Global Development Network. He has also consulted for a variety of organizations, including the United Nations.

“Constitutionalism Across the Pond: A Constitution Day Dialogue”
Thursday, September 17, 2009
7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute of Politics

Featuring Brian Barker, a circuit judge in London, and Richard E. Levy, Professor of Constitutional Law at the KU School of Law.
Barker and Levy will discuss the history of the United States’ and the United Kingdom’s constitutional traditions, explore constitutional differences, and debate the significance of each country’s constitutional features.
Co-Sponsored by KU School of Law

<>Steel Helmet & Mortarboard: An Academic in Uncle Sam’s Army
Mon., September 21, 2009
1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Dole Institute
This book talk and signing of Steel Helmet & Mortarboard with author Francis Heller provides an intimate opportunity to discuss the book that chronicles his military career. Heller is the Roy A. Roberts Professor Emeritus of Law and Political Science at the University of Kansas. A native of Austria, Heller joined the KU Law faculty in 1948 after earning his J.D., M.A. & Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He escaped to America after refusing to swear an oath of allegiance to Adolf Hitler while serving in the Austrian army. Between earning his academic degrees, Heller also carved out a distinguished career in the U.S. Army.

Summer 2009


Abe Lincoln interpretor Fritz Klein will speak at the Institute on Wednesday, July 15.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
7:00 p.m. at the Institute

a.k.a. Fritz Klein

Lincoln will discuss his road to the presidency, life challenges and connections to Kansas in a fun and interactive program. Klein is known for his historically accurate and entertaining portrayal of President Lincoln.

Eisenhower and the beginning of the civil rights movement will be the lecture topic on Tuesday, June 16.Completed & well-received
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

"A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and
the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution"

photo journal in progress | video


Survival of rural america will be the lecture topic on Tuesday, June 16 at the InstituteCompleted & well-received
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"Survival of Rural America:
Small Victories and Bitter Harvests"

photo journal | video



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