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Fall 2017 Programs

Ft. Leavenworth series
Douhet and Command of the Air

with Dr. Gates Brown
Sept. 7 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

After World War I, some military theorists saw airpower as a way to avoid the horror of the trenches. Dr. Gates Brown discusses the promises of airpower theorists like Giulio Douhet, who argued that air forces could end wars before traditional military forces were ready to begin fighting. The work of these theorists helped develop the U.S. Army Air Corps’ strategic bombing doctrine during the interwar period.

Discussion Group Series
The Elusive Quest for the Lacrosse Mom: How do Politicians, Corporations, Organizations and the Community Engage Women?
with Cherylyn Harley LeBon
Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 24; Nov. 14 – 4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

An experienced campaign advisor, D.C. insider and media contributor, fall fellow Cherylyn Harley LeBon will lead a discussion group series examining how various organizations, corporations and political entities attempt to engage with women, and why they can be a difficult constituency to reach.

Not Pretty Enough: The Unlikely Triumph of Helen Gurley Brown
with Gerri Hirshey
Sept. 13 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Author Gerri Hirshey, Rolling Stone’s first female contributing editor, will join the Dole Institute to shine new light on the complex life of Helen Gurley Brown. One of the most incomparable women of the 20th century, Gurley Brown served as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan for over 30 years and penned the famous book, “Sex and the Single Girl.” Hirshey’s biography of Gurley Brown, “Not Pretty Enough,” is a rich story that ties in 90 years of women’s history with the life of a fascinating subject. This program includes a book sale and signing.

Constitution Day program
Religious Rights or Unlawful Discrimination?

with Stephen McAllister, Camilla Taylor and Robin Fretwell Wilson
Sept. 19 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Two experts in religious freedom law and anti-discrimination law will join the Dole Institute to discuss the difficult issues that arise when the assertion of religious beliefs conflicts with the rights of others. Does the constitutionally protected free exercise of religion trump state anti-discrimination laws that prohibit denying services based on a customer’s sexual orientation? Robin Fretwell Wilson, professor of law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Camilla Taylor, senior counsel for Lambda Legal, explore this topic in a conversation moderated by Stephen McAllister, KU distinguished professor of law.

Vietnam: Three who Served
with Matt Keenan
Sept. 21 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Matt Keenan shares the unique stories of three local Vietnam combat veterans: John Gerstle, U.S. Army, John Solbach, U.S. Marine Corps, and Norm Fretwell, Army Ranger and paratrooper, and graduate from the 1966 West Point class described by Rick Atkinson in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Long Gray Line.” Common threads will emerge as Keenan and his guests examine the ways in which the war changed them and their country.

Food: The Ultimate Weapon for Democracy
with Don Loeslie
Sept. 28 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

In 1946, starvation abounded in the world. World War II had led to hunger, and now coupled with world drought was causing massive starvation. Guns had started and won the war, yet peace would be written by bread. Don Loeslie shares the story of how food became a primary weapon for peace in the postwar recovery effort, including programs led by President Harry Truman and U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall.

Ft. Leavenworth series
The Marines and Amphibious Doctrine

with Dr. Janet G. Valentine
Oct. 5 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

As entry into World War II and a war with the Japanese became increasingly likely, the future of the Marine Corps was becoming increasingly uncertain. Amphibious assault doctrine caught the service’s interest as a method of making the Marines indispensable to the coming fight and to the future military organization of the U.S. Dr. Janet G. Valentine shares the intellectual process that allowed for the development of an effective doctrine for amphibious assault—a task that others were convinced could not be accomplished.

Fighting Hunger in a Changing World
with Catherine Bertini
Oct. 4 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Catherine Bertini’s career has placed her squarely on the front lines of the fight to end world hunger, including time at the United Nations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and more. The 2003 World Food Prize Laureate, Bertini transformed the UN’s World Food Programme into the world’s largest and most responsive humanitarian food organization. Her work on humanitarian aid, girls’ education and food insecurity will serve as the backdrop to this conversation on combating hunger in a changing world.

Ike and McCarthy: Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign
with David Nichols
Oct. 12 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

In January 1954, Joseph McCarthy was arguably the most powerful member of the Senate. By the end of that year, he had been censured by his colleagues for unbecoming conduct. David Nichols, author of “Ike and McCarthy,” shares the story of how President Dwight Eisenhower masterminded the downfall of the anti-Communist demagogue McCarthy with a clandestine campaign against the Senator. This program includes a book sale and signing.

Ft. Leavenworth series
Nuclear Containment in a Bipolar World
with Dr. David W. Mills
Nov. 2 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

The wartime alliance of the U.S. and Soviet Union began to crack even before the end of World War II, but relations completely crumbled in the immediate aftermath of the conflict. As both nations boasted nuclear weapons, the U.S. attempted to use containment as the primary strategy for dealing with the Soviet Union throughout the Cold war. Dr. David W. Mills will explore the military and political confrontations between the two countries, as well as the U.S. government’s attempts to idolize American democratic systems while denigrating communism.

The Future of the Middle East
with Joseph Westphal
Nov. 8 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Modern issues in the Middle East are rarely contained to the region—threats from terrorist groups like ISIS, bloody conflicts in Syria and Yemen and internal disputes among countries are of critical interest to many nations of the world, including the United States. Join Joseph Westphal, former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, for a conversation on his career, the role of ambassadors in the Middle East, and the complex reality of present-day issues in one of the most complicated regions of the world.

2017 Journalism and Politics Lecture
Anchoring “Nightline”
with Juju Chang
Nov. 15 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Juju Chang is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, the co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” and a regular contributor for “Good Morning America” and “20/20.” Her career has seen her cover breaking news stories like the Boston Marathon bombing and Superstorm Sandy, in-depth reporting on LGBTQ issues, gender equality and sexual assault, and global issues like Boko Haram and the #BringBackOurGirls saga. Chang will take guests inside her work as an anchor and reporter in the fast-paced world of network television for the 2017 Journalism and Politics Lecture.

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