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The Edward F. Reilly Lecture – Jason Altmire

September 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

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The Pew Research Center reported that the vast majority of Americans strongly dislike the partisanship that divides the country. Yet, their data show that this divide has only grown deeper. Former three-term Democratic Congressman Jason Altmire joins us for this year’s Edward F. Reilly Lecture to talk about his book Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It.

This program is sponsored by Edward F. Reilly.

Download a printable program for this event here. 

Copies of Altmire’s book are available for purchase through the KU Bookstore at this link:

Stickers with Altmire’s autograph to be inserted in the book will be distributed by the Dole Institute upon request. Please contact to reserve one. Autographs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This special program will be live-streamed to the institute’s YouTube channel and its website, Due to continuing concerns regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic, the program will only be available online. Follow the Dole Institute on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for updates regarding this and future programming.

Jason Altmire

Former Congressman Jason Altmire has worked as a senior executive for large companies in both the hospital and health insurance industries. From 2007 to 2013, he served three terms in the United States House of Representatives. In Congress, he was a bipartisan centrist known for working with both sides of the aisle. During his time in office, the nonpartisan National Journal calculated Altmire’s voting record to be at the exact midpoint of the House –  the Dead Center –  giving him the most centrist voting record in Congress.

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics is dedicated to promoting political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bipartisan, philosophically balanced manner. It is located on KU’s West Campus and houses the Dole Archive and Special Collections. Through its robust public programming, congressional archive, and museum, the Dole Institute strives to celebrate public service and the legacies of U.S. Senators Bob Dole and Elizabeth Dole.


September 22, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

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