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The Dole Institute hosts a full slate of free public programs each semester, including several highly-anticipated signature events.

2019 Dole Leadership Prize recipient Temple Grandin.

Dole Leadership Prize

The Dole Leadership Prize is awarded annually to an individual or group whose public service leadership inspires others. The prize includes a $25,000 award.

2019 Dole Lecture guest Carly Fiorina.

Dole Lecture

The Dole Lecture is an annual, public event headlined by a national figure discussing an aspect of current politics or policy.

Women in Leadership Lecture

Military caregivers and Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellows spoke about their experience at the 2nd annual Elizabeth Dole Women in Leadership Lecture.

The Elizabeth Dole Women in Leadership Lecture features women who break barriers, make significant contributions to their fields, and reach positions of leadership.

Presidential Historian and former Dole Institute Director Richard Norton Smith is a regular guest for the PLS.

Presidential Lecture Series

A series of talks focusing on a particular aspect of U.S. political leadership, typically the U.S. Presidency. This series often features nationally-known individuals, including public servants, historians, top strategists, award-winning journalists, and political operatives.

Fall 2018 Dole Fellow Kelly Dietrich convened the discussion group “Political Campaigns, Top to Bottom: Data, Door Knocking and the 2018 Midterms”

Discussion Groups - Dole Fellowship Program

The Dole Fellowship Program unites political practitioners and University of Kansas students to build a greater appreciation for civic and political involvement through a series of Discussion Group sessions each semester. Community members are also welcome to attend these afternoon sessions with our Dole Fellows and their special guest speakers.

Panelists unpack the mid-term elections at the 2018 Presidential Lecture Series.

Post-Election Conference

A comprehensive biennial conference following each national election brings in the experts, including state and national strategists, pollsters, journalists and campaign officials, to analyze how and why the elections were won and lost, and what that will mean for the next two years.

A series of talks focusing on a particular aspect of U.S. political leadership, typically the U.S. Presidency. This series features nationally-recognized public servants, historians, top strategists, award-winning journalists, and political operatives.