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September 2018

Discussion groups | Political Campaigns, Top to Bottom: Data, Door Knocking and the 2018 Midterms

September 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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Week two: Targeting Voters: Big Data at the Local Level How do campaigns, with more personal data on voters available than ever, decide who to target to win? How can this data be used in traditional campaign activities like canvassing? Kelly Dietrich is joined by John Hagner, partner with Clarity Campaign Labs, and Jason Perkey, vice president at JVA Campaigns and political consultant for TargetSmart. Hagner oversees consulting and strategic service offerings, working with clients like the Democratic Governor's Association, EMILY's…

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KU Blood Drive at the Dole Institute

September 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States

Save a life in your local community and give blood during the KU Blood Drive! The Dole Institute will host a donation site on Monday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Simons Media Room. Book your appointment today by clicking here.  All presenting donors receive a free KU t-shirt while supplies last! Questions: Call Kay Reeves at (816) 213-2728

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Discussion groups | Political Campaigns, Top to Bottom: Data, Door Knocking and the 2018 Midterms

September 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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Week three: The Small Money Revolution: How Tech is Changing How Campaigns Are Funded National campaigns are experiencing major shifts in the ability to solicit and collect low-dollar contributions from individuals across the country. How does this affect local campaigns and how can they compete with larger organizations and candidates? For this conversation, Kelly Dietrich will welcome Lily Gold, director of strategic operations for Mothership Strategies. Gold currently leads a team that focuses on email fundraising for Democrats around the country.…

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BUILDING CLOSED UNTIL 1 p.m. | Naturalization Ceremony

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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The Dole Institute will be closed to the general public on Friday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a Naturalization Ceremony. It will re-open for normal business hours at 1 p.m. For questions on the Naturalization Ceremony, please contact Jared Harsin, Division Manager for the U.S. District Court of Kansas via email at Jared_Harsin@ksd.uscourts.gov.

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MUSEUM GALLERY CLOSED AT 3 p.m.

September 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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The Dole Institute's museum gallery will be closed to the general public on Sunday, Sept. 30 beginning at 3 p.m. for the Elizabeth Dole Women in Leadership Lecture. It will re-open for normal business hours on Monday, Oct. 1.

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Elizabeth Dole Women in Leadership Lecture

September 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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When Sen. Bob Dole was hospitalized at Walter Reed Hospital in 2011, Sen. Elizabeth Dole became a firsthand witness to the hardships experienced by the caregivers to our nation’s veterans. The experience prompted her to found the Elizabeth Dole Foundation in support of military caregivers. The 2018 Elizabeth Dole Women in Leadership Lecture will focus on the frontlines of this care crisis. The panel discussion will include Meg Kabat, national director of the Caregiver Support Program for the Department of…

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October 2018

Discussion groups | Political Campaigns, Top to Bottom: Data, Door Knocking and the 2018 Midterms

October 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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Week four: Social, Text, Email, Digital, Mail and TV: Communicating with Voters of Every Age For decades, the mainstay of any political communication plan was TV and mail. Now, digital and social media advertising are challenging the supremacy of the old ways and offering cheaper alternatives for candidates to communicate with even more specific voters. How are these tools being adopted on local campaigns? How do they change a campaign’s priorities and relationship with its supporters? Kelly Dietrich is joined in…

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Ft. Leavenworth series | Retreats, Riots and Reds: The Russian Annus Horribilis

October 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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When Tsar Nicholas II took personal command of the Imperial Russian Army in 1915, he hoped to salvage the military situation on the eastern front. The issues on the front line paled, however, in comparison to the troubles at home. Sean Kalic and Gates Brown illustrate the vital connection between the home front and the front line of battle by examining the impacts of the Russian revolutions on the Russian army. This program is free and open to the public.

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Better Angels: Can We Depolarize America?

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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In strained political times, Better Angels is taking on deep divisions in the United States. A nonpartisan nonprofit, the core of the group’s mission is to heal political divides in our nation through community-based alliances, workshops and constructive debate. Regional coordinator Rob Robertson arrives for a program examining Better Angels and its approach to reducing political polarization. This program is free and open to the public. -- This is the first installment of the Edward F. Reilly Lecture, a newly…

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Discover with Dole

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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Drop by the Dole Institute on the first Saturday of each month for an interactive, kid-friendly visit to discover uniquely themed items in the museum and archives. Activities include crafts, puzzles, coloring, and museum gallery activities. Families with young children encouraged! All programs and events at the Dole Institute are free and open to the public.

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Discussion groups | Political Campaigns, Top to Bottom: Data, Door Knocking and the 2018 Midterms

October 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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Week five: Polling & Data: How do we Track and Predict the Outcome of Elections? Polling is always one of the focal points for the public’s attention leading up to elections. In 2016, very few pollsters forecasted the Trump win accurately. Some blame this on the Clinton campaign’s reliance on analytics and modeling, rather than polling and door-to-door experience. Can polling and data work together in the future? -- About Fall 2018 discussion groups: Technology has transformed every aspect of…

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“Big Sonia” Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

October 12 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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One of the last remaining Holocaust survivors living in Kansas City, Sonia Warshawski is a bridge between cultures and generations. Fondly nicknamed “Big Sonia” for her diminutive stature and larger-than-life personality, Warshawski has served as an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons while running the tailor shop she’s owned for over 30 years. Join the institute for a screening of the documentary “Big Sonia,” which offers a portrait of the power of love and hope over bigotry. A Q&A…

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Discussion groups | Political Campaigns, Top to Bottom: Data, Door Knocking and the 2018 Midterms

October 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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Week six: The Future of State and Local Parties in the Candidate-Driven Campaign Era Most individuals have no idea what state and local parties actually do. Given our candidate-centric culture, how do parties continue to provide service and value to the party and their candidates? What will there role be in the future of politics? Kelly Dietrich is joined in conversation by Vicki Hiatt and Ken Martin. Hiatt is a KU graduate and retired teacher who now serves as Vice…

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In Conversation with Sonia Warshawski

October 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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Follow up the screening of “Big Sonia” with an in-person visit from the film’s titular subject, Sonia Warshawski. Joined by her daughter, Regina Kort, Warshawski will discuss her experiences as a survivor of the Holocaust and reflect on the documentary made by her granddaughter, Leah Warshawski. This program is free and open to the public.

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Discussion groups | Political Campaigns, Top to Bottom: Data, Door Knocking and the 2018 Midterms

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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Week seven: What the Heck will Happen? Predictions Ahead of November 2018 The last session ahead of the 2018 mid-terms, this is a chance to predict election results, focus on bigger trends, individual tactics and strategies, and interpret what it could all mean for 2019 and 2020. Kelly Dietrich welcomes Marlon Marshall, founding partner of 270 Strategies, KU alumnus and Dole Institute Board of Advisors member. Marshall has previously served as special assistant to the President and principal deputy director…

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Work, Fight, Give: American Relief Posters of World War II

October 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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Hal Wert visits to present a new window on understanding a watershed event in our nation’s history. Using a vast collection of poster art, poster stamps, banners and programs issued during World War II, Wert focuses on those who gave of their artistic talents to design posters that were aimed at the heart of Americans. The poster imagery employed by the National War Fund and its relief agencies will allow guests to experience the stupendous effort to aid those in…

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Unmasking the Spy: Intelligence Gathering

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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Is intelligence gathering in the 21st century more like James Bond, Jack Ryan… or something else entirely? A 33-year veteran of the U.S. national security community, Ron Marks will guide guests through the realities and challenges of a career in intelligence. Marks worked as a CIA official and clandestine service officer before later serving as intelligence counsel to Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott. This program is free and open to the public.

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November 2018

Ft. Leavenworth series | Mr. Polk’s War

November 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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A sharp divide characterized the relationship between the home front and the front line during the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. Despite advances in communication technology, most Americans viewed war through a romantic lens, which bore little resemblance to the reality of the soldier experience. Greg Hospodor addresses the gulf between those two perceptions and its later implications. This program is free and open to the public.

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Discover with Dole

November 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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Drop by the Dole Institute on the first Saturday of each month for an interactive, kid-friendly visit to discover uniquely themed items in the museum and archives. Activities include crafts, puzzles, coloring, and museum gallery activities. Families with young children encouraged! All programs and events at the Dole Institute are free and open to the public.

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2018 Kansas Elections Conference

November 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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Explore the 2018 Kansas elections and their implications in this conference with political experts, journalists and strategists from across the state. Panelists will be announced at a later date. This program will be free and open to the public.

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December 2018

Discover with Dole

December 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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Drop by the Dole Institute on the first Saturday of each month for an interactive, kid-friendly visit to discover uniquely themed items in the museum and archives. Activities include crafts, puzzles, coloring, and museum gallery activities. Families with young children encouraged! All programs and events at the Dole Institute are free and open to the public.

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2018 National Post-Election Conference

December 5 - December 6
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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The Dole Institute’s nationally-recognized Post-Election Conference delves into the key strategies of elections to examine how and why they are won and lost. A panel of journalists, pollsters, campaign strategists and political consultants will visit the institute to dissect the midterms and what the results could mean for 2020. Panelists will be announced at a later date. These panels will be free and open to the public.

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Ft. Leavenworth series | The War of 1812 on the Home Front

December 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045 United States
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The War of 1812 brought great danger to those whose homes sat at the overlap between the home front and the fighting front. Many along the 37-mile long Niagara River witness raids and violence in both directions. The most powerful and destructive operation occurred in December 1813—when it was over, every home along the river except one was burned to the ground, and hundreds of American civilians were forced to flee. Rich Barbuto shares this fascinating tale in the final…

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