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Fall 2018 Programs

Ft. Leavenworth series
The Italian Home Front in World War II
with Dr. Lou DiMarco
Thursday, Sept. 6 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

A wide variety of complex and diverse aspects defined the Italian experience as both enemy and ally during World War II. Lou DiMarco will lead an examination of these themes, drawing on topics such as daily life in Italy during the war, the role of the Mafia and the Italian resistance movement. The Italian experience was unique in many ways and greatly impacted the formation of the post-war Italian Republic.

Journalism and Politics Lecture: The Kansas Midterms
with Mary Clarkin, Jim McLean, Caroline Sweeney and Hunter Woodall
Tuesday, Sept. 11 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

The race to Election Day is heating up, providing one of the state’s most fascinating midterm cycles in recent memory. Guests can get an inside look at many of the seats in play at the 2018 Journalism and Politics Lecture. A panel of Kansas journalists discuss how they cover the midterm elections, highlight key races across the state and predict what might happen on Election Day. Panelists will include Mary Clarkin of the Hutchinson News, Caroline Sweeney of KCTV5, Jim McLean of the Kansas News Service and Hunter Woodall of the Kansas City Star.

2018 Constitution Day program
Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the 14th Amendment
with Stephen McAllister and guest panelists
Tuesday, Sept. 18 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Proposed after the Civil War and ratified in 1868, the 14th Amendment is perhaps the single most important amendment to the Constitution. The 14th Amendment guaranteed citizenship to the former slaves and their descendants, and it also guaranteed “due process of law” and “equal protection of the laws” with respect to actions by state and local governments. Over time and as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court, the 14th Amendment has dramatically expanded the civil rights of all Americans and been the basis for landmark Supreme Court decisions in the areas of racial discrimination, gender discrimination, same-sex discrimination, criminal justice and privacy rights. Explore the amendment’s history, importance and enduring legacy in this panel discussion moderated by Stephen McAllister, U.S. attorney for the District of Kansas.

Discussion groups
Political Campaigns, Top to Bottom: Data, Door Knocking and the 2018 Midterms

with Kelly Dietrich 
Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 – 4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Technology has transformed every aspect of the modern political campaign, from polling to messaging to fundraising and beyond. Kelly Dietrich, founder of the National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC) and KU alumnus, leads a discussion group series on the midterm elections and their intersection with tech and data. Dietrich and his guests will glean real-world examples from the midterms as they happen, offering audience members an unparalleled look at the inner workings of today’s campaigns.

Elizabeth Dole Women in Leadership Lecture
with Meg Kabat, Robyn Loveland Carolyn Tolliver-Lee 
Sunday, Sept. 30 – 4:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

In a partisan political environment, independent or unaffiliated voters now represent the largest voting bloc in many U.S. states. Can independent and third party candidacies seize upon this shift in party identification? How could they shape the future of U.S. politics? Dole Fellow Jim Jonas leads a discussion group series examining election reform and independent candidates in Kansas and the nation. Jonas is a political communications consultant with nearly two decades of experience in independent political reform and campaigns. In 2014, Jonas served as the campaign manager for Greg Orman’s independent campaign for U.S. Senate in Kansas.

Ft. Leavenworth series
Retreats, Riots and Reds: The Russian Annus Horribilis
with Dr. Sean Kalic and Dr. Gates Brown
Thursday, Oct. 4 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

When Tsar Nicholas II took personal command of the Imperial Russian Army in 1915, he hoped to salvage the military situation on the eastern front. The issues on the front line paled, however, in comparison to the troubles at home. Sean Kalic and Gates Brown illustrate the vital connection between the home front and the front line of battle by examining the impacts of the Russian revolutions on the Russian army.

Edward F. Reilly Lecture
Better Angels: Can We Depolarize America?
with Rob Robertson
Thursday, Oct. 4 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

In strained political times, Better Angels is taking on deep divisions in the United States. A nonpartisan nonprofit, the core of the group’s mission is to heal political divides in our nation through community-based alliances, workshops and constructive debate. Regional coordinator Rob Robertson arrives for a program examining Better Angels and its approach to reducing political polarization.

“Big Sonia” Screening and Filmmaker Q&A
with Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday

Friday, Oct. 12 – 2:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

One of the last remaining Holocaust survivors living in Kansas City, Sonia Warshawski is a bridge between cultures and generations. Fondly nicknamed “Big Sonia” for her diminutive stature and larger-than-life personality, Warshawski has served as an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons while running the tailor shop she’s owned for over 30 years. Join the institute for a screening of the documentary “Big Sonia,” which offers a portrait of the power of love and hope over bigotry. A Q&A will follow the screening with co-directors Leah Warshawski (Sonia’s granddaughter) and Todd Soliday.

In Conversation with Sonia Warshawski
with Sonia Warshawski

Friday, Oct. 19 – 2:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Follow up the screening of “Big Sonia” with an in-person visit from the film’s titular subject, Sonia Warshawski. Joined by her daughter, Regina Kort, Warshawski will discuss her experiences as a survivor of the Holocaust and reflect on the documentary made by her granddaughter, Leah Warshawski.

Work, Fight, Give: American Relief Posters of World War II
with Hal Wert

Thursday, Oct. 25 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Hal Wert visits to present a new window on understanding a watershed event in our nation’s history. Using a vast collection of poster art, poster stamps, banners and programs issued during World War II, Wert focuses on those who gave of their artistic talents to design posters that were aimed at the heart of Americans. The poster imagery employed by the National War Fund and its relief agencies will allow guests to experience the stupendous effort to aid those in need.

Unmasking the Spy: Intelligence Gathering
with Ron Marks

Tuesday, Oct. 30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Is intelligence gathering in the 21st century more like James Bond, Jack Ryan… or something else entirely? A 33-year veteran of the U.S. national security community, Ron Marks will guide guests through the realities and challenges of a career in intelligence. Marks worked as a CIA official and clandestine service officer before later serving as intelligence counsel to Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott.

Ft. Leavenworth series
Mr. Polk’s War
with Dr. Greg Hospodor

Thursday, Nov. 1 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

A sharp divide characterized the relationship between the home front and the front line during the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. Despite advances in communication technology, most Americans viewed war through a romantic lens, which bore little resemblance to the reality of the soldier experience. Greg Hospodor addresses the gulf between those two perceptions and its later implications.

2018 Dole Leadership Prize
with Ron Marks

Wednesday, Nov. 7 – 2:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

The Dole Leadership Prize is awarded annually to an individual or group whose public service leadership inspires others. The award comes with a $25,000 prize. The recipient of this award will be announced at a later date.

2018 Kansas Elections Conference
Wednesday, Nov. 28– 1:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Explore the 2018 Kansas elections and their implications in this conference with political experts, journalists and strategists from across the state. Panelists will be announced at a later date.

2018 National Post-Election Conference 
Dec. 5-6 – Time TBD at the Dole Institute

The Dole Institute’s nationally-recognized Post-Election Conference delves into the key strategies of elections to examine how and why they are won and lost. A panel of journalists, pollsters, campaign strategists and political consultants will visit the institute to dissect the midterms and what the results could mean for 2020. Panelists will be announced at a later date.

Ft. Leavenworth series
The War of 1812 on the Home Front
with Dr. Rich Barbuto

Thursday, Nov. 1 – 3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute

The War of 1812 brought great danger to those whose homes sat at the overlap between the home front and the fighting front. Many along the 37-mile long Niagara River witness raids and violence in both directions. The most powerful and destructive operation occurred in December 1813—when it was over, every home along the river except one was burned to the ground, and hundreds of American civilians were forced to flee. Rich Barbuto shares this fascinating tale in the final Ft. Leavenworth installment of 2018.


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