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February 2020

FT. LEAVENWORTH SERIES | The Tet Offensive, 1968: The Turning Point of the Vietnam War

February 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Tet Offensive shattered the expectations of the United States and its allies in the Vietnam War. Dr. Gates Brown will discuss this transformational moment in a controversial war, a part of the 2020 Ft. Leavenworth Series theme of “Turning Points,” at the Dole Institute of Politics on Wednesday, February 5, at 3 p.m.

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PRESIDENTIAL LECTURE SERIES | Five Great Presidential Speeches

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Renowned presidential rhetoric scholars Dr. Mary Stuckey, Dr. David Zarefsky and Dr. Robert Rowland, will discuss what makes a presidential speech “great,” by examining five speeches they have selected as examples of truly great presidential addresses, in the first of the 2020 Presidential Lecture Series at the Dole Institute of Politics on Thursday, February 6 at 7 p.m.

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PRESIDENTIAL LECTURE SERIES | The Craft of the Presidential Speechwriter

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presidential speechwriter Dr. Craig Smith will draw from his experiences crafting speeches for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, as well as his decades of research as a rhetorical scholar to discuss the art of writing speeches and how that role and practice has changed, in this, the second program of the 2020 Presidential Lecture Series at the Dole Institute of Politics on Tuesday, February 11 at 7 p.m.

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PRESIDENTIAL LECTURE SERIES | Comparing and Contrasting Two Powerfully Eloquent Presidents—Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In the third program of the 2020 Presidential Lecture Series, on Thursday, February 18 at 7 p.m., at the Dole Institute of Politics, presidential rhetoric scholar Dr. Robert Rowland will compare and contrast the speeches of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. While some would argue that the two figures have little in common, Rowland, who has published extensively on both presidents, argues that while their politics varies, the heart of the messages of both presidents conveyed a core over-arching message.

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PRESIDENTIAL LECTURE SERIES | Social Media & Contemporary Presidential Rhetoric

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presidential rhetoric scholar Dr. Denise Bostdorff will discuss the impacts of media and the drastic changes they have wrought on presidential speeches, as well as key moments in the development of presidential rhetoric over the last several decades, in the fourth and final program of the 2020 Presidential Lecture Series at the Dole Institute of Politics, Tuesday, February 25 at 7p.m.

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March 2020

FT. LEAVENWORTH SERIES | The Aisne-Marne Counteroffensive, 1918: The Turning Point of World War 1

March 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Late in the first World War, the Aisne-Marne Counteroffensive saw a shift in the fortunes for both sides of the conflict. Dr. Richard Faulkner will discuss this transformational moment in a long and deadly war, a part of the 2020 Ft. Leavenworth Series theme of “Turning Points,” at the Dole Institute of Politics on Wednesday, March 4 at 3 p.m.

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AUTHOR SERIES | The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

On Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m., the Dole Institute will welcome Dr. William Hitchcock, the William W. Corcoran Professor of History at the University of Virginia, as he shares his insights about one of the most highly regarded military and presidential figures in American history, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Hitchcock’s book, The Age of Eisenhower, a New York Times bestseller, has been hailed as the “definitive account of this presidency,” drawing extensively on declassified material from the Eisenhower Library, the CIA and Defense Department, and troves of unpublished documents.

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April 2020

FT. LEAVENWORTH SERIES | Guadalcanal, 1942: The Turning Point of the Pacific Theater in World War II

April 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

While Midway is often considered the battle swung the advantage in the Pacific Theater toward the allies, Dr. John Kuehn will argue that Guadalcanal was in fact the definitive moment as a part of the 2020 Ft. Leavenworth Series theme of “Turning Points,” at the Dole Institute of Politics on Thursday, April 2 at 3 p.m.

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AUTHOR SERIES | A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican

April 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Dole Institute welcomes Dr. David Golland on Thursday, April 21, at 3 p.m., as he shares insights from his book A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican, a biography of Arthur Fletcher, the most important civil rights leader you’ve (probably) never heard of. The first Black player for the Baltimore Colts, the father of affirmative action and adviser to four presidents, he coined the United Negro College Fund’s motto: “A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste.” Modern readers might be surprised to learn that Fletcher was also a Republican.

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