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Summer 2017 Programs

Discussion Group series
Beyond the Border: U.S.-Mexico Relations
with Christina Luhn
May 24, 31; June 21, 28; July 11 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

For many, the U.S.–Mexico border presents a problem, for others, an economic opportunity. An expert in cross-border economic development, Christina Luhn will lead a summer discussion group series exploring the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico with a focus on border security, immigration and trade.


Ft. Leavenworth series
Clausewitz and Jomini: Their Interaction
with Dr. Sean N. Kalic and Lt. Col. Christopher Johnson
June 1 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Both Carl von Clausewitz and Henri Jomini experienced and studied the wars of Napoleon from unique perspectives, yielding two very different theories of war. Dr. Sean N. Kalic and LTC Christopher Johnson provide an overview of two of the greatest military theorists of all time, drawing out where their ideas are complementary and where they differ.


World War II: Homefront to Battlefront 
with Frank Lavin
June 14 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Frank Lavin shares the tale of a World War II foot soldier who finds himself thrust into a world where he and his unit grapple with the horrors of combat, the idiocies of bureaucracy, and the oddities of life back home—all in the same day. Lavin’s book “Homefront to Battlefront” follows his father Carl Lavin, an Ohio native who enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 18, taking him from training across the U.S. and Britain to combat with the 84th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge. This program includes a book sale and signing.


Ft. Leavenworth series
Napoleon’s Rise and Decline
with Mark T. Gerges
July 6 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

It was an era dominated by the actions of one man. Mark T. Gerges examines the rapid rise and eventual downfall of Napoleon: how he harnessed societal changes and military organizational reforms to lead France to victories across Europe, and how his opponents narrowed the gap of French superiority by building upon their defeats and adapting aspects of France’s own reforms.


Climbing Kilimanjaro
with Ian Taylor
July 27 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Standing as the highest point on the African continent at 19,341 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is considered a fairly accessible mountain summit, involving an arduous trek at high altitudes with no technical climbing. Mountain guide and trekker Ian Taylor will return to the Dole Institute to share the challenge and beauty of climbing one of the seven summits of the world.


Ft. Leavenworth series
Crossing No Man’s Land: The Birth of Combined Arms
with Dr. Richard S. Faulkner 
Aug. 3 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

From 1914-1918, a nearly unbroken line of trenches stretched 400 miles across France and Belgium, creating a deep and deadly dilemma for the soldiers of the Great War. The land in between was No Man’s Land, and Dr. Richard S. Faulkner explores how trying to drive opponents out of their trenches led the armies of World War I to give birth to modern warfare.

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  • Upcoming Events

    Sun 22
    Tue 24

    Discussion Group with Ashley Davis

    October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Sun 29

    2017 Dole Leadership Prize: Sen. Tom Harkin

    October 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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