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February 2021

46: The Biden Presidency

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Researcher for Richard Ben Cramer’s landmark book "What It Takes: The Way to the White House" and assistant for several autobiographical books for President-elect Joe Biden, including his latest, "Promises to Keep," Mark Zwonitzer will use his in-depth knowledge of the 46th President of the United States to provide us with insight into what can be expected from his administration.

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Ft. Leavenworth – ISIS, Abu Bakr Naji, and the Management of Savagery

February 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Al-Qaeda and ISIS used the Management of Savagery as both an operational concept and doctrine.  Written for al-Qaeda in 2004, but demonstrated most thoroughly by ISIS from 2014 to 2021, the online published work explains how Islamist ideological groups hoped to defeat the West, in general, and the United States, in specific.  This presentation explains the main themes of the work and how it was put into practice. During the event, submit your questions for Dr. Steed to dolequestions@ku.edu for…

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Exhibit Preview Event – Congressman Dole’s Kansas

February 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What was on Kansans’ minds in the 1960s? Join Director of Museum and Archives Audrey Coleman and Dole Archives Curatorial Fellow Virgil Dean for a conversation commemorating the debut of the Dole Institute’s latest original exhibit, “Voices from the Big First, 1961-1968”, based on constituent letters Bob Dole received as a Congressman during his time in the U.S. House of Representatives. This program is the first installment of a multi-part series presented in conjunction with the exhibit “Voices from the…

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Presidential Lecture Series – The Republicans: The Reagan Playbook

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Presidential scholar Richard Norton Smith examines three successful Republicans, with a focus on Reagan, whose 1980 election win paved the way for a center-right nation and set the stage for the last 12-year period of one-party White House control since FDR.

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Presidential Lecture Series – FDR Revisited: Learning from FDR, Clinton & Obama

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As his administration begins, President Biden’s likely role models will be FDR, Clinton, and Obama. What can he learn from them?

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Presidential Lecture Series – Breaking Precedent: The Last Four Years

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The last four years featured a most unconventional presidency. What has changed? What will go back to normal?

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March 2021

Presidential Lecture Series – What I’ve Learned; Plus “Ask Richard”

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In the final lecture of the series, Smith will present his checklist for a successful presidency. This program will feature an expanded audience Q&A session where the audience can ask him questions about the presidency.

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