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March 2021

Discussion Group – Segregation, Race, and City Policy

March 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Beginning in the 1920s, state and federal policy aided and abetted the segregation of Americans through housing policies, zoning ordinances, economic development, and urban revitalization. Although much of these aims have been discarded, the policies are still with us. This discussion will identify which remnants are still with us and how cities can finally put them to rest. During the event, submit your questions to for the question-and-answer portion of the program. “Segregation, Race, and City Policy” will feature…

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“UnRepresented” – Documentary Screening & Filmmaker Q&A

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

UnRepresented is an award-winning documentary that uncovers the mechanisms that drive the cycle of corruption in Congress—giving political insiders enormous, unchecked power. The film explores how special interests bankroll political campaigns and relentlessly lobby to rig the system in their favor, all while following the letter of the law. Dole Institute audience members can take part in an exclusive viewing of the documentary before its debut on PBS. During a follow-up event, a panel of experts will discuss the problems…

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Discussion Groups – Subsidies in the City

March 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The competition among cities to woo Amazon’s new headquarters brought national attention to the use and abuse of economic development subsidies, but the practice is not new. In fact, the value of such subsidies is staggering and seems to show no signs of slowing. This discussion would help quantify the amount of subsidies, how cities benefit, and how public policy can be changed to improve outcomes for taxpayers. Please join us for the fourth installment of our Spring 2021 Discussion…

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Birch Bayh: Making a Difference

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

Author Robert Blaemire will share insights from his book, a biography of Senator Birch Bayh. Bayh served the people of Indiana for over 25 years and sponsored landmark legislation throughout his career, including the Bayh-Dole Act. The bill, co-sponsored with Senator Bob Dole, changed the way inventions created through federal research and development could be licensed by the private sector. During the event, submit your questions for Mr. Blaemire to for the question-and-answer portion of the program. Copies of…

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Discussion Groups – Effective Housing Policy

March 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Housing policy is again capturing the national spotlight. Local policies have restricted the development of new housing stock and as a result, in places like San Francisco and Seattle, housing prices have skyrocketed. But even smaller cities like Kansas City have seen the impacts. What are the underlying causes of the phenomenon, how great are the impacts, and what policies can help alleviate the problem? “Effective Housing Policy” will feature our host Patrick Tuohey, as well as special guests Emily Hamilton…

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Discussion Groups – Opportunities in the Gig Economy

March 31 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Technology companies such as Uber and Lyft have created opportunities for individuals to leverage their cars, and their downtime, to earn money on the side. Airbnb and Vrbo have done the same through short-term rentals. While these are some of the more familiar companies in the so-called gig economy, they are by no means the only ones. What is the future of the gig economy, and how should cities be reacting? Please join us for the sixth installment of our…

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April 2021

Ft. Leavenworth Series – Denis Mahan and the Foundations of American Theory

April 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

During the first half of the nineteenth century, no military thinker arguably had more impact on the United States Army than Denis Hart Mahan.  By the time he graduated at the top of his class at West Point in 1824, Mahan had become a protégé of Superintendent Sylvanus Thayer, whose wide-ranging reforms would win him recognition as “Father of the Military Academy.”  In 1830, Mahan accepted appointment as Professor of Civil and Military Engineering at West Point and carried his…

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April 4

The Dole Institute is closed for the Easter Holiday. We will resume our modified hours on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. See our hours and safety precautions here:

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Discussion Groups – Poverty in American Cities

April 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cities large and small are facing some existential issues, as we’ve covered over the past several weeks. Often they are saddled with outdated approaches or just simply bad habits. How can cities and towns learn from their mistakes and develop public policy in a way that is sustainable? Please join us for the final installment of our Spring 2021 Discussion Groups series, “The Modern American City: Past, Present, and Future.” Our Spring Fellow Patrick Tuohey welcomes guest Jesús Gerena, CEO…

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A Conversation on Race, Part III – Baseball: The Color Barrier

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The third installment of the series “A Conversation on Race” will feature the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Bob Kendrick, Scout for the New York Yankees Darryl Monroe, and will be moderated by Senior Associate Director of the Institute, Dr. Barbara W. Ballard. “Since the founding of the first professional baseball league in this country, racism has been a persistent problem,” said Director Bill Lacy. “For the third episode of ‘A Conversation on Race,’ we will discuss the…

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