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2022 SPRING | Giants of the Senate
February 16 - April 20
This semester’s seven-part Discussion Group series, “Giants of the Senate,” will be led by author and political consultant Robert Blaemire.
The series will discuss former Democratic and Republican Senators, their accomplishments, and their challenges. Featuring former campaign staffers and notable politicos as his guests, Blaemire will lead conversations about times when the Senate and Congress worked together and when many bipartisan acts were passed.
Dole Fellow Robert Blaemire
The Dole Discussion Groups are made possible by a grant from Newman’s Own Foundation and are presented in partnership with the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University and the Frank Church Institute at Boise State University.
The U.S. Senate Then and Now: A Historical Perspective
Feb. 16, 2022
With guest Don Ritchie, former Historian of the Senate
Howard Baker of Tennessee – Senate leader, White House Chief of Staff, Ambassador to Japan
Feb. 23, 2022
With guest Tom Griscom, staff of Senator Howard Baker
Birch Bayh and Frank Church: Two Democratic Giants of the Senate in the ‘60s and ‘70s
Mar. 2, 2022
With guest Peter Fenn, staff of Sen. Frank Church
How Bipartisanship in the Senate Changed America
Mar. 9, 2022
With guest Sheila Burke, staff of Senator Bob Dole
Luke Albee on Patrick Leahy: Nearly Half a Century as a Senator
Mar. 23, 2022
With guest Luke Albee, staff of Senator Patrick Leahy
A Biographer’s Perspective
Apr. 6, 2022
With guest John Shaw, Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and biographer of Senator Richard Lugar.
Nancy Landon Kassebaum: Making Kansans Proud
Apr. 20, 2022
With guest Nancy Kassebaum, Senator