Dole Lectures

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

Held each spring, it commemorates April 14, 1945, when Bob Dole was critically wounded while serving in Italy during World War II. The Dole Lecture honors Dole’s courageous recovery and continuing commitment to serve the nation.

Past Dole Lectures

Dole Lecture


Ambassador Vlora Citaku

April 15, 2018

“I was not in a position to choose whether I want[ed] to be an artist or actor or astronaut or mathematician or linguist or lawyer. That’s not an option when you’re not free because you fight for life and death. And that’s how I and that’s…

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Carly Fiorina

April 14, 2019

The Dole Institute is delighted to welcome Carly Fiorina for the 2019 Dole Lecture. The first woman ever to lead a Fortune 50 company, Fiorina is the former CEO of HP and a best-selling author, and she was a 2016 candidate for president. Guided by…

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