...Dole Forum
Election Series

The many facets of electing our 44th President of the United States (P.O.T.U.S.) was the main focus of the Dole Institute's early fall programming. The Institute hoped that the series would help our students, members of the community and all Americans understand the key elements of the historic 2008 presidential campaign. All done, of course, in a bipartisan, philosophically balanced way.
Read Journal-World Editorial: "Political Asset"

All programs were free and open to the public.

Wed. Sept. 10, 2008....7:30 p.m.

Obama vs. McCain: Campaign 2008

Featured our 2008 Dole Fellows: award-winning GOP strategist Joe Gaylord and legendary Democratic political consultant Ray Strother. Gaylord and Strother discussed a wide variety of factors affecting this fall's campaigns and their strategies.
LJWorld coverage |photo documentary | Video

Mon. Sept. 15, 2008....7:30 p.m.

Top 10 Political Movies You MUST See

Kevin Willmott, associate professor of theatre and film at KU, revealed his list of top 10 political movies and provided insights on why they were selected. LJWorld/Niccum article
Willmott's Top Ten List| photo documentary | Video


Wed. Sept. 17, 2008....7:30 p.m.

The Electoral College: Historical, Political and Constitutional

Constitution Day program - Panelists discussed the Electoral College, one of the least understood and most controversial institutions created by the Constitution. Speakers included Jonathan Earle, KU associate professor of history and associate director of the Dole Institute; Paul D. Schumaker, KU professor of political science; and Richard K. Levy, the J. B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Law at KU.
LJWorld coverage | photo documentary | Video

Political fundraising was the topic of this event in September two thousand and eight.Tues. Sept. 23, 2008 7:30 p.m.

Campaign Cash 2008: Show Me the Money

Two noted political fundraisers, Wyatt Stewart and Jackie Lovelace Johnson discussed the campaign cash flow for election 2008.
photo documentary | Video


Bill Press featured speaker in September two thousand and eight.Wed. Oct. 1, 2008....7:30 p.m.

"Train Wreck:
The End of the Conservative Revolution"

Former CNN “Crossfire” host and author Bill Press explored the nation’s past under conservative Republican administrations and how they have affected the country. Book signing.
photo documentary | Video

Wed. Oct. 8, 2008....7:30 p.m.

One Month Out: Strategists Look at Obama-McCain

Jerry Austin
, former Dole Fellow and campaign manager for Jesse Jackson, and Republican pollster Whit Ayres delivered a status report on the campaign as the election drew near.
photo documentary
Video (note - first seven minutes are missing due to tech problem)

Wed. Oct. 15, 2008....7:30 p.m.

The Final Debate:
What do the Undecideds Think?

The third and final televised presidential debate was shown live at the Dole Institute and was open to the public. Selected guests ("undecideds")also viewed the debate as part of a dial group, signaling their reactions to debate moments with an electronic dial. During the debate each person adjusted the dial in a "feel negative about" or "feel positive about" direction. The group average is charted into a rising and falling line that records a collective second-by-second judgment of the presentation. Following the debate Mary Banwart, KU associate professor of communication studies, discussed key points and reactions to debate moments with the focus group of undecided voters.
coverage of this event. | photo documentary

Wed. Oct. 22, 2008....7:30 p.m.

Media Coverage of Campaign 2008: Magic or Misguided

Featured Chuck DeFeo, VP and general manager of conservative online community Townhall.com; Terry Michael, executive director, Washington Center for Politics and Journalism and former press secretary for the Democratic National Committee; David Schimke, editor in chief and general manager of Utne Reader, a digest magazine of independent issues and alternative culture.; and, Ellen Schenk, co-anchor of top-ranked Kansas City's Morning News on KMBZ-980.
LJWorld coverage
| Video | photo documentary

Tues. Oct. 28, 2008....7:30 p.m.
Politics & the Law: Ballot Security & Other Roles
Ben Ginsberg & Stanley Brand

Since the Supreme Court's ruling on Bush v. Gore, lawyers and the law have become central players in our nation's presidential politics. This program featured a discussion with two prominent Washington
DC lawyers: Ben Ginsberg, elections and campaign finance expert with the firm of Patton Boggs, and Stanley Brand, former General Counsel to the US House of Representatives under Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Jr.
Video| photo documentary.