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Fall 2016 Programs

Fort Leavenworth Series
Bees and Spiders: ISIS in Perspective
with LTC Brian Steed
Thursday, Sept. 1 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Actions in the Middle East since the early 1990s are best understood with cultural and historical context. LTC Brian Steed lays out the past, present and future of conflict in the Middle East and globally with perspective gained from experience, research and writings.

Constitution Day: Voting Rights
with Mark Johnson and Kris Kobach
moderated by Stephen McAllister

 Tuesday, Sept. 13 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

In a crucial election year, voting rights become a focal point in states and communities across the nation. The Dole Institute’s 2016 Constitution Day program, an annual event, will bring together Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and KU Law adjunct professor and Dentons partner Mark P. Johnson for a discussion on voting rights, including voter ID laws, proof of citizenship laws, the Interstate Crosscheck system and more. The program will be moderated by KU Law professor Stephen McAllister and is co-sponsored by the KU School of Law.

The date of this program will be Sept. 12, 13 or 14. The finalized date is TBD.

Fall 2016 Discussion Groups
Toss Out the Playbook: Trump, Clinton and the Wacky Politics of 2016
with Fall 2016 Dole Fellow, Steve Kraske
Sept. 13, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 15 – 4 p.m.

The 2016 presidential election has defied expectations and explanations at every turn. Dole Fellow Steve Kraske (KCUR, UMKC, The Kansas City Star) and his special guest speakers will lay out a guidebook on the art of presidential campaigns, the 2016 cycle and interpreting results on election night.

Giants of the Senate: Dole and Kassebaum
with Sen. Bob Dole and Sen. Nancy Kassebaum
Saturday, Sept. 17 – 4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Longtime Senate colleagues and friends Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum take the stage at the Dole Institute to discuss Congress when they served, the state of Congress today and contemporary politics.

Animal Welfare in America
with Wayne Pacelle and Nancy Perry
Wednesday, Sept. 21 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

From household pets to the largest of livestock, improving the welfare of animals in the U.S. is everyday work for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the ASPCA. Wayne Pacelle (president, HSUS) and Nancy Perry (senior vice president of government relations, ASPCA) will discuss their work in animal welfare and Dole’s impressive record on animal rights.

Journalism and Politics Lecture: Former Sen. Gordon Smith
with Sen. Gordon Smith
Thursday, Sept. 29 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Few topics in an election year are discussed, debated and criticized more than media coverage. In the annual Journalism and Politics Lecture, Gordon Smith will look at the evolving role of the media in covering politics.

10 Greatest Moments in Televised Presidential Debate History
with Mary Banwart and Mitchell McKinney
Monday, Oct. 3 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

On the heels of the first presidential debate, professors Mary Banwart, KU, and Mitchell McKinney, University of Missouri, team up and count down the most influential television moments in U.S. presidential debate history.

The Capitol Steps
(Lied Center event)
Saturday, Oct. 8 – 7:30 p.m.

The Capitol Steps — a Washington, D.C.-based comedy troupe that began as a group of Senate staffers — has been providing a unique blend of musical and political comedy for more than 30 years. At the Lied Center, the group will present a show based on the current presidential campaigns as well as songs from their most recent album, “What to Expect When You’re Electing.” Their tasteful lampooning is guaranteed to leave both sides of the political spectrum laughing. The constantly changing show is strenuously bipartisan and includes songs about everything in the news, such as “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea,” “Ain’t No Pipeline, Now It’s Gone” and “The iMpossible iWatch.”

This event is held at the Lied Center and sponsored by the Dole Institute. Tickets available at

Director’s Series: Nick Sambaluk
Thursday, Oct. 13 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

KU graduate and military history professor Nick Sambaluk returns to Lawrence to discuss his new book, “The Other Space Race: Eisenhower and the Quest for Aerospace Security.” A longtime attendee of many Dole Institute programs, Sambaluk will discuss the early U.S. space program and its influence on — and from — the Cold War.

This program will include a book sale and signing.

American Umpire: Film Screening and Q&A
with Elizabeth Cobbs
Monday, Oct. 17 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Producer and writer Elizabeth Cobbs will join the institute for a Q&A and screening of her documentary, “American Umpire.” With unique archival footage from interviews with top U.S. diplomats, generals and scholars, the documentary examines why the U.S. became the world’s policeman while interpreting the critical debates about American foreign policy in 2016.

What Makes a Leader?
This three-part leadership series is designed to motivate women to be leaders. We hope it will encourage participants to act, challenge themselves and believe enough in their dreams to turn them into reality. We hope participants will discover, or further develop, the leadership skills they already possess.

Components of Leadership: Lead by Example
Sunday, Oct. 23 – 4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute 

Find your Leadership Passion: Leaders are Risk-Takers
Sunday, Oct. 30 – 4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Optimism is Power: Live Your Passion
Sunday, Nov. 6 – 4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Strong Inside: The Perry Wallace Story
with Andrew Maraniss
Wednesday, Oct. 26 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

The story of Perry Wallace outlines the collision of race and sports in the South during the Civil Rights movement. Andrew Maraniss arrives to discuss his New York Times best-selling biography of Wallace and the unimaginable journey of the young man who courageously accepted an assignment to desegregate the SEC.

This program will include a book sale and signing.

Fort Leavenworth Series
Niagara, 1814
with Rich Barbuto
Thursday, Nov. 3 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

As the War of 1812 stretched into its second year, President James Madison launched his best troops once more into Canada in a final attempt to win the war he started. American, British and native warriors battled for four bloody, desperate months along the Niagara River — examined here by Rich Barbuto.

What’s it Costing: Solutions to the Student Debt Problem
Student Advisory  Board Program
Thursday, Nov. 10 – 7:00 p.m. at the Kansas Union (Jayhawk Room) 

The Fall 2016 Student Advisory Board (SAB) Program will examine trends in rapidly increasing college tuition, and explore potential solutions such as free college proposals and student loan reform. Guest panelists include Dr. Melinda Lewis, Associate Professor and co-author of The Real College Debt Crisis, and Max Eden, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute with expertise in higher-education reform.

Kansas Elections Conference
Wednesday, Nov. 30 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Explore the 2016 Kansas elections and their implications in this conference with political experts and strategists from around the state. Panelists will discuss legislative elections, judicial retention elections, the impact of Donald Trump’s campaign throughout the state, and look ahead at what’s in store for the 2017 legislative session.

2016 Post-Election Conference
Thursday, Dec. 8 – 2:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Friday, Dec. 9 – 9:00 a.m. at the Dole Institute

Our nationally-recognized Post-Election Conference delves into the key strategies of elections to examine how and why they are won and lost. This year’s conference will explore the Democratic and Republican nomination fights as well as the general election, featuring a panel of journalists, pollsters, campaign strategists and political consultants from both parties.
All start times tentative; check for full schedule of panels and sessions.


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