Dole Forum

The Dole Forum is a major part of the Institute’s educational programming efforts to reach the students at the University of Kansas and the surrounding community. It consists of ongoing programs covering a wide variety of topics designed to encourage political participation among young people through education and civil discussion.

Among the national personalities the Dole Forum has hosted are Republican strategist Matthew Dowd, ABC’s Kate Snow, former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, West Wing producer Alex Graves, Iraq commander and former Commander of Ft. Leavenworth Gen. David Petraeus, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and 2008 presidential hopeful Senator Joseph Biden among others.


Fall 2014 -
Dole Forum and other programs
News Release


2014 Journalism & Politics Lecture
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
7:30 p.m. Dole Institute

Media Panelists Martin, Summers, VonDrehle, Helling



Who’s going to win? And how? Join us as veteran journalists talk about the media’s role in covering the midterm elections. Hear how they go inside the campaigns, get the real time numbers, and get the stories and information out to the people, all of which create the predictions that keep the public on the edge of their seats.
PANELISTS: Jonathan Martin, New York Times;
Juana Summers,
NPR; David Von Drehle, Time Magazine;
Dave Helling,
KC Star and current Dole Fellow.


Ft. Leavenworth Series III: DECISIVE BATTLES

Fort Leavenworth CrestForgotten Transcendence:
the Battle of Buena Vista, 1847

Dr. Gregory Hospodor
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
3 p.m. Dole Institute

There are many famous battles in history that we label as decisive events — Yorktown, Waterloo, Gettysburg, and Midway — just to name a few.  However, history is replete with lesser known clashes of arms that were arguably just as significant in their respective wars.  Don’t miss the chance to learn about these critical clashes on the first Thursday of each month through November. Hear presentations by scholars of the Department of Military History at US Army’s Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Ft. Leavenworth

Complete Series Schedule and video links.


Your Story, His Story, the Legacy:
The 1974 Dole-Roy Senate Race

1974 Senate Campaign Roy vs Dole





Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

This election season, the Dole Institute commemorates 40 years since the hard-fought U.S. Senate race between Senator Bob Dole and Congressman Bill Roy. Join Dave Owen, Dole’s campaign coordinator, and Bill Roy, Jr., son of Congressman Roy, in an interview with Dole Institute Senior Archivist Audrey Coleman, featuring personal recollections and historic materials from the Dole Archives.


Tanya Fields: Eco-Warrior of the FOOD REVOLUTION

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
7:30 p.m. Dole Institute

Tanya Fields is food justice activist andd community organizerFood justice activist and community organizer, Tanya Fields, will be interviewed on topics related to KU’s Campus Sustainability Week and KU Fights Hunger Month activities, as well as Senator Dole's legacy of addressing hunger and poverty, with particular emphasis on socioeconomic factors and access. This event is presented in partnership with KU Center for Sustainability, KU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, KU’s Office of the Provost and KU’s International Center for Ethics in Business, and co-sponsored by KU Fights Hunger, the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center, and The KU Center for Community Outreach. 


Women's Leadership Series 2014

Women in Leadership Series
5:30 p.m. Sundays,
Oct. 19, 26 and Nov. 2

5:00 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 5, 2014

at the Dole Institute


Three exciting sessions will focus on women running for office in Kansas and nationally. During the first session you will have the opportunity to choose a candidate, follow her campaign, and share information with others. We will discuss the different races and predict the winners. Then join us after the election for a follow-up session on Nov. 5 to assess the results. Refreshments will be provided. For more information and to RSVP contact the Dole Institute at 785.864.4900 or
Barbara Ballard, Associate Director
Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas
Mary Banwart, Associate professor of communication studies
University of Kansas


The Dole Institute of Politics and KU School of Law present
The 2014 Constitution Day Program

Same-sex Marriage –
Constitutional Right or the State’s Decision?

Tues., Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Roberta Kaplan and Tom Fisher




With Thomas M. Fisher, Solicitor General of Indiana,
and Roberta Kaplan, Partner at Paul Weiss, NYC

Moderated by Stephen McAllister, KU School of Law

Roberta Kaplan was unable to participate. David J. Brown, KU Law adjunct faculty, sat in for Kaplan.

Join us as Fisher and Kaplan discuss the state of constitutional law regarding same-sex marriage, the arguments in favor of and against the recognition of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear several recent decisions on this issue, and the likely future direction of litigation and the law on this issue.



Governing in a Polarized America:
A Bipartisan Blueprint
to Strengthen Our Democracy

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
** 7:30 p.m. Dole Institute
Bob Bennett and Dan Glickman
Over the past 2 years, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform, a group of thirty Americans from all political stripes, has engaged concerned citizens across the country to develop reforms for our polarized government.
Sen. Bob Bennett
(R) and Sec. Dan Glickman (D) will share these recommendations and discuss how they could lead to the big changes America needs. This event is co-sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), KU Student Legislative Awareness Board, KU Young Americans for Liberty, KU College Republicans & KU Young Democrats.
**Arrive Early..... “Please be aware that due to an event at the Lied Center on this date, parking for the Dole Institute program may be difficult. We strongly encourage attendees of the Dole Institute program to arrive early.”
News Release



Center Stage: Kansas Elections 2014
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
4:00 p.m.
at the Institute

State of Kansas FlagKansas is the national epicenter of this election year  witha number of competitive campaigns. Joinus 10 days out as our panel examines why the races are so competitive, how they are being waged and what will happen on election day.

Dr. Bob Beatty, Professor of Political Science, Washburn University
Dr. Ed Flentje, Professor of Political Science, Wichita State University
Ann Gardner, Editorial Page Editor, The World Company
Dr. Burdett Loomis, Professor of Political Science, University of Kansas
Dr. Mark Peterson, Professor of Political Science, Washburn University
Dr. Chapman Rackaway, Professor of Political Science, Ft. Hays State Univ.
Dr. Michael Smith, Professor of Political Science, Emporia State University




Cuba Program

The Dole Institute regrets that due to the potential conflict with Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, the Institute will postpone its evening forum “Is It Time to Recognize Cuba?” scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. The Dole Institute plans to reschedule the program. MEDIA ADVISORY/details

Is It Time to Recognize Cuba?

Free Cuba event 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 discussion on formal U.S. recognition of Cuba, beginning with lines of commerce and travel that have been restricted since 1960. This event is co-sponsored by the Pan American Association of Kansas City (PANAM-KC) and KU’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies.


Ft. Leavenworth Series III: DECISIVE BATTLES
Fort Leavenworth CrestThe Siege of Budapest:
A Decisive Battle against Nazism

Dr. Sean Kalic
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
3 p.m. Dole Institute

There are many famous battles in history that we label as decisive events — Yorktown, Waterloo, Gettysburg, and Midway — just to name a few.  However, history is replete with lesser known clashes of arms that were arguably just as significant in their respective wars.
Presentations are by scholars of the Department of Military History at US Army’s Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Ft. Leavenworth.

Complete Series Schedule and video links.


A Tribute to Veterans - USO Style

Moonlight Serenade Orchestra
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 at the Dole Institute
6:00 p.m. Salute by KU ROTC

6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Listen, Dance to live music by the
Moonlight Serenade Orchestra

For veterans, their families and friends.. Celebrate and remember our nation’s veterans at the Dole Institute’s annual USO-style gala. Enjoy WWII Era Music, Light Hors d’oeuvres and Beverages.
*******Free admission but space is limited.*******
RSVP by Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Call: 785-864-4900 or email


Fall 2014 Student Advisory Board (SAB) program
The Militarization of Police in America
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
7:30 p.m. @ the Dole Institute

Police with military gearWar zone gear, combat vehicles, assault rifles - Is this equipment, traditionally used by the military, appropriate for operations by American police departments? What are the sociological complexities of communities seeing military gear from the battlefield used in their neighborhoods? Join our panelists as they discuss different perspectives of this timely and nationally debated question.
Charles Huth, sergeant, KCMO-PD Street Crimes Unit Tactical Enforcement Squad
Pedro Irigonegaray, attorney, Irigonegaray & Associates
Ron Miller, former police chief of Topeka, nominated for U.S. marshal
Dorthy Pennington, University of Kansas associate professor African/African American Studies, Communication Studies



Turkey’s Current Challenges
in Foreign Policy & Domestic Issues

Turkish Flag

With Dr. Ihsan Yilmaz
Thursday, November 13, 2014
3 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Dr. Yilmaz will talk about challenges to civil society, freedom of the press and speech, and pluralistic democracy in the aftermath of the August presidential elections. Other domestic topics such as the Kurdish issue and abuses of power will be covered, as well as foreign policy challenges ranging from the Middle East to the Black Sea.


Ending Domestic Violence Captivity:
A Guide to Economic Freedom

Dr. Ludy Green's bookcover: Ending Domestic Violence CaptivityDr. Ludy Green, author
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
3 p.m. Dole Institute

Dr. Ludy Green has been working on domestic violence issues and solutions by getting politicians, CEOs of large corporations, Congress and the United Nations to acknowledge her vision. Her efforts were instrumental in getting new language introduced to the updated Violence Against Women Act in 2013. Green will discuss her recent book, which outlines how a woman can regain her independence, her well-being, and her dignity by distancing herself from her former abuser through employment. This event includes a book sale and signing.
Ending Domestic Violence Captivity: A Guide to Economic Freedom


No Labels: Stop Fighting Start Fixing

Mark McKinnonMark McKinnon
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
7:30 p.m.Dole Institute

With 5 winning presidential primary and general elections as a top political strategist, Mark McKinnon knows all about hyper-partisanship in Washington and wants to do something about it. Find out more about No Labels, a growing bipartisan group of political players dedicated to crossing the aisle to get things done, and McKinnon’s take on where things are headed for the two parties, based on the outcome of the November elections.


On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller

Richard Norton Smith, author & historian  

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
4 p.m. Dole Institute

Richard Norton Smith book on Nelson RockefellerAcclaimed historian, Richard Norton Smith, takes us inside his new biography of one of the most fascinating figures of the twentieth century, Nelson Rockefeller. Fourteen years in the making, and utilizing thousands of new documents, interviews and Rockefeller’s own writings, the book is the definitive work on this American icon. On His Own Terms.. is scheduled to be released on Oct. 21, 2014. This event includes a book sale and signing.



East European Democracy & Russian Reemergence
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, Dole Institute
Ivan VejvodaGain valuable insights into the status of East European Democracy from Ivan Vejvoda, sr. vice president of programs for The German Marshall Fund of the United States. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain a quarter of a century ago, democracy has largely flourished in Eastern Europe. Hear some of the history and get an up-to-date assessment on the region, including a look at recent Russian actions. This program is cosponsored by KU's Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES).



The Great American Wheat Harvest
Conrad WeaverScreening & Q & A
with documentarian,
custom harvesters, Jim and DeAnn Deibert

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
3 p.m. Dole Institute

Telling the story of families who travel from Texas to Canada custom harvesting wheat for our country and the world, award-winning filmmaker, Conrad Weaver, documents the inspiring heritage now threatened to be lost. Many Americans take for granted the way our food supply comes to us daily. Custom harvesters, Jim and DeAnn Deibert will share their perspectives. These harvesting families take risks and battle technological, economic and environmental challenge to feed millions. This event includes a film screening, Q &A session and DVD sale. NEWS RELEASE


2014 Post Election Conference

Post Election Conference The Dole Institute’s nationally recognized post-election panel is back for the midterms. National strategists from both sides, exit pollsters and journalists from, and The Washington Post, just to name a few, will analyze the midterm election results and look ahead with early predictions for 2016. Come to one session or come to all! Just don’t miss this chance to hear from election experts.

10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Kansas Panel
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. National Panel, Session I
FRIDAY, Dec. 12
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. National Panel, Session II
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. National Panel, Session III

Raul Alvillar: National Political Director, Democratic National Committee
Dan Balz: Chief Correspondent, Washington Post
Robert Collins: Executive Director, National Republican Senatorial Committee
Jen O’Malley Dillon: Partner, Precision Strategies
Alex Isenstadt: Political Reporter,
Nathan Klein: Polling & Analytics Director, National Republican Senatorial Committee
Joe Lenski: Executive Vice President, Edison Research
John McLaughlin: CEO/Partner, McLaughlin & Associates
Patrick O’Connor: Political Reporter, Wall Street Journal
Sean Trende: Sr. Elections Analyst,

Kelly Arnold: Chair, Kansas Republican Party
Bob Beatty: Political Science, Washburn University
Mark Dugan: Campaign Manager, Brownback for Governor
Sean Fitzpatrick: Press Secretary, Sen. Pat Roberts
Dave Helling: Reporter, The Kansas City Star
Jim Jonas: Campaign Manager, Orman for U.S. Senate, JKJ Partners
Burdett Loomis: Political Science, University of Kansas
Bryan Lowry: Reporter, The Wichita Eagle
James Roberts: Campaign Manager, Paul Davis for Governor
Joan Wagnon: Chair, Kansas Democratic Party


Kansas Panel Part I
Kansas Panel Part II

National Panel Part I
National Panel Part II
National Panel Part III



Presentation & Program
Recipient: JOHN D. KEMP
Sunday, December 14, 2014
4:00 p.m. @ Dole Institute

John D. Kemp is the recipient of the 2014 Dole Leadership PrizeThe Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics is pleased to announce that it will honor president & CEO John D. Kemp of The Viscardi Center with the 2014 Dole Leadership Prize. The prize will be awarded at an interview-style program with Mr. Kemp, who uses his own life with a disability to inspire others to achieve the impossible through knowledge, experience, vision, personality, and persistence. Hear why Mr. Kemp is widely respected for his many achievements, both in the corporate and non-profit worlds. The Dole Leadership Prize is awarded annually to an individual or group whose public service leadership inspires others. Mr. Kemp has chosen to gift the $25,000 award to The Viscardi Center, a network of non-profit organizations that provides services that educate, employ and empower children and adults with disabilities.
About the Dole Leadership Prize




Wednesday Study Group Begins Sept. 17

4-5:30 p.m. Dole Institute
Helling study group logo"Behind the Byline:
Political Journalists on the Midterm Election
led by Dole Fellow DAVE HELLING, KC Star

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 guest speakers as they dissect the evolution of political journalism and share insight on the 2014 elections that only veteran political journalists can provide.
Wednesdays Sept. 17, 24,
Oct. 1, 8, 22, 29 & Nov. 12, 2014
4-5:30 p.m. Dole Institute



Summer 2014 - Dole Forum

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Everest to the Top
with mountaineer, Ian Taylor

Mountaineer Ian TaylorTaylor, whose trekking company supports a school for children in Uganda, will take us on the journey through the Khumbu region to Mt. Everest, up to the summit, and then back down, with inside information on the politics of the mountain and the physical challenges involved. He will also discuss how his leadership and training has brought success to mountain expedition teams around the world. This program is free, open to the public and includes a DVD sale.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014
7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Historical Interpretation by Leslie Goddard Leslie Goddard portrays Amelia Earhart

Join this annual summer event, appropriate for all ages, and see Goddard bring a great Kansas woman to life in her historical performance of Amelia Earhart, a real first lady of aviation.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014 BOOK TALK
"Willard Garvey: An Epic Life"
with author Maura McEnaney

Willard Garvey bookPulitzer Prize-winning journalist, McEnaney, spent six years putting together the story of Willard Garvey’s life. She discusses Garvey’s idea of a Good Samaritan and how he strove for those ideals, how he affected housing in the United States and around the world, and his efforts to limit government control over the media. From the Great Depression and world war to millionaire entrepreneur and humanitarian, find out about the storied life of this unique and accomplished Kansan.


Spring 2014 - Dole Forum



Sunday, May 4, 2014
4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

"The New Democrats and the Return to Power"
AL FROM, recognized political strategist


Al From, political strategistAl From is the principal architect for the Clinton presidency and the new Democrat movement, which helped shape the 21st century Democratic Party,” said Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy. “Most of the Dole Lectures have been by or about public figures; this is the first that will honor a person working behind the scenes to change American politics in a major way.”
New Democrats bookcoverFrom will also discuss current U.S. politics, the state of both parties and his book, "The New Democrats and the Return to Power.” Don’t miss this key, behind-the-scenes strategist who helped shift domestic political power. This program is free, open to the public and includes a book sale and signing.
Media Release
About the Dole Lecture


Thursday, May 1,  7:30 p.m. Dole Institute
Archives Visiting Fellow
Innovation in Plain Sight: Transforming Our National Security Landscape with Museum Collections


Amy HermanFrom the high-stakes, high-profile worlds of law enforcement, medicine, and counterterrorism, Amy Herman brings her Analyze Art and morestudents – among them professionals serving the NYPD, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Army and the United States Navy SEALS, as well as hospitals, medical schools, and trauma centers – to the art museum, where works of art have become the new data. Herman, founder of The Art of Perception, hones her students’ powers of observation in a highly participatory program that trains them to communicate those observations with precision – essential skills for any professional today. Studying art, curing disease, solving crime: join us for a fascinating glimpse into Herman’s innovative approach. Learn how her work is impacting governmental organizations and agencies throughout the country– and be prepared to re-evaluate YOUR perception on the role of art and research collections within the intelligence community.
Co-sponsored by KU Graduate Military Programs, KU Veterans Alumni Chapter, KU School of the Arts, Spencer Museum of Art, KU University Honors Program, and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Young Friends of Art


Thursday, May 1,  3 p.m. Dole Institute
Ft. Leavenworth Series: Decisive Battles
Fort Leavenworth crestVitoria, 1813
Dr. Mark Gerges

Complete Series Schedule & VIDEOS


Thursday, April 24, 3:00 p.m. Dole Institute
Book Talk: “The Tender Soldier”
with author, Vanessa Gezari

Gerzari BookcoverJoin Gezari as she discusses her book, “The Tender Soldier,” which tells the story of the development of the Human Terrain System, a controversial Army program that sends civilian social scientists into combat zones with soldiers. Co-sponsored by KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
A book sale and signing will follow the program.
Read: New York Times Book Review of "The Tender Soldier."


Wednesday, April 23, 2014
7:30 p.m. Dole Institute
The Hidden Hungry: Ending Senior Hunger

Ending Senior HungerBob Dole has fought for better nutrition his entire political and post-political career. Enid Borden has fought that same fight for seniors for more than 20 years. Under Borden’s leadership as President and CEO, the Meals On Wheels Association of America grew from a small trade association to a leading national charity. She is currently the founder, president and CEO of the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger located in Alexandria, Virginia.  Through research, education and community partnership, NFESH works each day to harness the resources necessary to reverse the escalating number of seniors in the lifecycle of hunger.  It is the only national foundation that focuses on both increasing the national understanding of the complexities of senior hunger and on finding innovative and effective solutions to end it.
Co-sponsored by KU Fights Hunger.


BOB DOLE visits the Institute

The HIGHLIGHT of the Dole Institute's 10th Anniversary year-long celebration was Bob Dole's return to the Institute Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WATCH what happened (video)

Bob Dole to visit Institute April 22, 2014“I’m not running for anything,” Senator Dole said. “I just want to see old friends and meet new ones, regardless of party. I am looking forward to visiting with everyone at the Dole Institute and being back in my home state of Kansas.”

A Public Open House honoring the Senator was held at the Institute from 11 a.m. to Noon.

NEWS RELEASE Ap 15 (pdf)

Kansas News: LJWorld
Wichita Eagle


Tuesday, April 15,  7:30 p.m. Dole Institute
CHARLIE COOK Knows Elections
Charlie Cook
Editor, publisher and political analyst, Charlie Cook, is called one of the “best political handicappers in the nation” by The New York Times. Cook will handicap the upcoming midterm elections and share some personal observations about Sen. Bob Dole.


Thursday, April 10, 2014   3 p.m. Dole Institute
America's Heroes: Medal of Honor Recipients
from the Civil War to Afghanistan

with Dr. James Willbanks
Medal of HonorAuthor and director of the Military History department at the Army Command and General Staff College, Dr. James Willbanks, will discuss Medal of Honor recipients who stood courageous in the face of grave danger and risked, or sacrificed, their own lives for the lives of others. The accounts tell a story of valor and of the diversity of ethnicity and culture which broadens our appreciation for these Americans. Several Medal of Honor recipients appeared at the Dole Institute Dedication, so it's fitting that the originator of our popular Ft. Leavenworth Series should review some of these courageous stories.


Tuesday, April 8,  7:30 p.m. Dole Institute
“Double Down: Game Change 2012”

Double DownAuthors, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, discuss the book that bared the secrets of the 2012 campaign and provided a 360-degree account of this hard-fought, momentous election.
A book sale and signing will follow the program.



Thursday, April 3,  3 p.m. Dole Institute
Ft. Leavenworth Series: Decisive Battles
Fort Leavenworth crestPlattsburgh, 1814
Dr. Richard Barbuto

Complete Series Schedule


Wednesday, April 2, 2014 7:30 p.m. at the Institute
The Business of College Athletics:
Should Student Athletes be Paid?
Marc Edelman and Alicia JessopSports business/law specialists
will discuss this timely, controversial topic of paying college athletes. Both have written on this issue for outlets including Forbes and US News & World Report. You won’t want to miss this hot button conversation.
Student Advisory Board Logo**This program is brought to you by the Dole Institute Student Advisory Board; co-sponsors include the KU Student Alumni Association; KU Law's Sports and Entertainment Law Society.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014  7:30 p.m. Dole Institute
An Evening with CINDY MCCAIN
Cindy McCain
Though best known publicly
as wife of ’08 Presidential contender, Sen. John McCain, Cindy Hensley McCain is a very successful and strong leader in her own right. Find out about her experiences as Chair of Hensley & Company and her extensive work with a number of major charity organizations, as well as some stories from the campaign trail.



Thursday, March 6, 2014  7:30 p.m. Dole Institute
NEW - Innovations Series: DRONES

This year the Dole Institute is launching the Innovations Series, Dronewhich will focus on the crossroads between science, technology and public policy. Our inaugural event in the series is a two program series on drones. Join us to find out about the technology and many uses of drones – not just military, as well as ethical questions about their deployment. Series co-sponsors: KU School of Engineering, KU’s Engineers without Borders, KU’s Engineering Student Council

Part I - Innovations Series
Thursday, March 6, 2014   7:30 p.m. Dole Institute

Unmanned Drones: Soldiers without Uniforms

Retired Naval Admiral Timothy Beard and Scott Winship, both currently of global security company, Northrop Grumman, will discuss the technological development, military history, future capabilities and ethics of drones. Part II – Innovation Series
Tuesday, March 11,  7:30 p.m. Dole Institute

Branching Out: Exploring New Uses for Drones

Drones are often associated with military procedures. But Dr. Kurt Barnhart, director for the Applied Aviation Research Center of Kansas State University; Dr. Shawn Keshmiri, KU assistant professor of Aerospace Engineering; and, Lawrence entrepreneur, Bill Donovan, will discuss applications of drone use that range from disaster relief to search and rescue, environmental studies and agriculture.

Value of K-State's collaboration with KU's Dole Institute Innovation Series is recognized in K-State-Salina Campus blog - READ

WATCH Drones Part I ** WATCH Drones Part II


2014 Presidential Lecture Series
The First Ladies:
Intimate Sacrifice, Honored Post

featuring The First Ladies and
Richard Norton SmithOur 10th Anniversary celebration wouldn’t be complete without Richard Norton Smith, first director of the Dole Institute and notable presidential historian.He’s back this spring to examine the private lives and the public roles of the First Ladies and how this position has changed since Martha Washington.
Prisoners of State
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, 4 p.m. Dole Institute
First Ladies
Smith examines the early First Ladies. Many of these distinguished women experienced personal tragedy and paid a heavy price for their husband’s ambition.

Mary & Her Sisters

Monday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m. Dole Institute
The Gilded Age of First Ladies was a fascinating group of women. Mary Todd Lincoln was a polarizing figure in the press, Lucy Hayes became the first First Lady to graduate college, and Frances Cleveland married into the White House. Smith takes a look at their contributions to the nation.

The Wilsons & the Roosevelts
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Dole Institute
Eleanor Roosevelt is credited as inventing the modern position of First Lady as we know it, but Edith Wilson certainly paved the way on her own. Why are these two women considered so instrumental in the shaping of this position?

Trailblazers & Traditionalists
Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. Dole Institute
The First Ladies of the recent past Jackie, Lady Bird, Betty, and Nancy really gave the First Lady title influence and prestige. These women were role models and style icons for the women of America and sought causes to champion in their own right.


Making the Delivery:
An Evening with SHANNON BROWN

Sr. Vice President &
Chief HR & Diversity Officer for FedEx Express

Thursday, February 6, 2014 7:30 p.m. Dole Institute
Shannon Brown is VP of FedEx ExpressBlack History Month Program

Shannon Brown’s journey with FedEx began more than 30 years ago as a package handler in Memphis. He has since held 13 different job titles within the organization, traveled the world, and now oversees the global operations of 160,000 employees.
During his tenure, FedEx has consistently been ranked on Fortune magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” and Black Enterprise magazine’s “40 Best Companies for Diversity.” Brown’s dedication to community service is exemplified through his leadership in the March of Dimes, the United Way of the Mid-South, and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis. Join us as he talks about his life and career.


Ft. Leavenworth Series III Begins Thurs. Feb. 6, 2014
Fort Leavenworth CrestDecisive Battles: Cowpens, 1781
Thursday, Feb. 6, 3 p.m. Dole Institute

There are many famous battles in history that we label as decisive events — Yorktown, Waterloo, Gettysburg, and Midway — just to name a few.  However, history is replete with lesser known clashes of arms that were arguably just as significant in their respective wars.  Don’t miss the chance to learn about these critical clashes.
Complete Series Schedule


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