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Dole Institute discussions will address sustainability issues in Kansas

February 16, 2024 - News

LAWRENCE – The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, in partnership with the Kansas Rural Center (KRC), has announced the four-part series of discussion groups to be moderated by Dole Institute Fellow Karen Willey this…

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Dole Institute, Kennedy Institute launch initiative to strengthen America’s election infrastructure

February 8, 2024 - News

LAWRENCE — The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate have announced a collaborative initiative to promote investment in American electoral administration and processes. …

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Dole Institute traveling exhibit, “The League of Wives,” extends its run at the U.S. Naval Academy

February 1, 2024 - Features

by Sarah D'Antonio Gard | Senior Archivist and Head of Collections …

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Engaging students in political issues through pizza

January 29, 2024 - Features

by Cas Casmus | Pizza & Politics Coordinator …

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Dole Institute hosts family activities at Watkins Museum’s Tails and Traditions Holiday Festival

January 9, 2024 - Features

by Greta Hayden | Student Archive Assistant …

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Dole Institute appoints Eric Pahls to Board of Advisors

January 8, 2024 - Features

by Jackson DeAndrea | Administrative Associate for Institutional Initiatives …

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Hemenway Awardees help lead Dole Institute Civic Engagement Leadership initiatives

December 15, 2023 - Features

by Barbara Ballard | Senior Associate Director …

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The 2023 Dole Institute Wrapped

December 14, 2023 - Features

by Jackson DeAndrea | Administrative Associate for Institutional Initiatives …

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Whirlwind: A Glimpse into Digital Democracy with Katie Harbath

November 27, 2023 - Features

by Raina Peter | Student Outreach Coordinator …

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KU classes tour and learn from the Dole Archives

November 17, 2023 - Features

by Julie Clover | Public Education Manager …

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Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and the Creation of WIC

November 13, 2023 - Features

by Raina Hackett | Travel Grant Researcher …

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KU Center for Community Outreach hosts annual Trunk-or-Treat event at the Dole Institute

November 6, 2023 - Features

by Julie Clover | Public Education Manager …

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Dole Institute announces 2023 Elizabeth Dole Women in Leadership Lecture Speaker Katie Sowers

October 25, 2023 - News

LAWRENCE – The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will recognize Katie Sowers at the 2023 Elizabeth Dole Women in Leadership Lecture. On Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., the Dole Institute of Politics will welcome Sowers…

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Dole Institute of Politics announces Visiting Fellow Katie Harbath

October 20, 2023 - News

LAWRENCE – The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas announces an opportunity to engage with Visiting Fellow Katie Harbath. On Thursday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m., the Dole Institute of Politics will host Harbath to discuss her…

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Dole Institute announces partnership with Kansas Rural Center

September 26, 2023 - News

LAWRENCE – The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, has named its 2023-2024 Dole Fellow in partnership with the Kansas Rural Center (KRC), a state-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting the long-term health of the land…

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Party on the Patio 2023

September 19, 2023 - Features

On Thursday, August 31, the Dole Institute Student Advisory Board hosted its annual kick-off event, “Party on the Patio.” This event, which occurs at the beginning of each academic year, is an opportunity for new and returning SAB students to…

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A Message from the Director

September 11, 2023 - Features

Legacy, History, and Our Opportunity to Shape the Future

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Dole Institute of Politics awards 2023 archives research grants

August 31, 2023 - News

LAWRENCE – The Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archive and Special Collections at the Dole Institute of Politics has awarded two 2023 research grants. Dr. Michael Fortner has been selected for the Dole Archives Research Fellowship and Raina Hackett has…

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Dole Institute of Politics and Bipartisan Policy Center announce partnership

August 17, 2023 - News

LAWRENCE – In honor of the 100th birthday of the late Bob Dole, U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1969-1996, and Republican Senate Leader, 1985-1996, the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, and Washington,…

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Construction Routes Summer 2023

June 27, 2023 - News

Getting to the Dole Institute of Politics

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The 2023 Easter Egg Roll with Dole

May 1, 2023 - Features

On April 8, 2023, the Dole Institute was proud to host our annual Easter Egg Roll with Dole—an in-person community event that invites families to participate in traditional Easter and civically themed educational activities. The event was held on…

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Dole Institute celebrates distinguished Kansan’s legacy of finding common ground

May 1, 2023 - News

July 22 marks the centennial of Senator Bob Dole's birth and the 20th anniversary of the Dole Institute

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The Dole Institute was proud to offer to the community our Discover with Dole event Celebrating Kansas Day! We kicked off Kansas Day 2023 with two weeks of interactive and family-friendly activities. The event ran from Tuesday, January 24 to February…

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Dole Institute Announces Spring Semester Programs

January 31, 2023 - News

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced the continuation of its 20th programming year with a new slate of events for the spring semester. These programs are part of the Dole Institute’s…

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Student Spotlight: Angela Davis

December 13, 2022 - Features

Pizza and Politics Student Coordinator

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Photograph by Eric Montgomery

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LAWRENCE — The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas announces panelists for its 2022 Post-Election Conference. …

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The Dole Institute is excited to announce this year’s fall lineup of in-person and virtual Girl Scout opportunities. With a variety of workshops, girls can earn badges for Democracy, Celebrating Community, and Inside Government. …

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Discover with Dole: Fall-ow the Leader

October 14, 2022 - Features

Come sit, stay, and play as we kick off our NEW family-friendly activities featuring the Dole family’s first schnauzer, Leader! The fun begins October 14 and runs through October 23 with museum hours Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. …

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Party on the Patio 2022

August 31, 2022 - Features

On Wednesday, August 31, the Dole Institute Student Advisory Board hosted their first event of the semester, Party on the Patio.…

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The Dole Institute of Politics sponsored the 15th annual Civic Engagement Conference for Kansas Government, History and Social Studies Teachers. The last two years were virtual due to COVID precautions. We were excited to meet in-person…

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The Dole Institute of Politics sponsored the 17th annual Youth Civic Leadership Institute (YCLI), July 13-15. After meeting virtually for two years, due to COVID precautions, it was exciting to meet in-person. …

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The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas announces the start of its 20th programming year with a slate of signature events featuring world-class leaders, including two KU alumni. Announcement of these signature…

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A Fabulous Fourth

July 18, 2022 - Features

The Dole Institute was proud to co-host the Lawrence Independence Day community celebration on Sunday, July 3, 2022. This evening event, which ran from 5:30 p.m. until the fireworks display began at 9:45 p.m., welcomed over 800 people, with 400 of…

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Easter Egg Roll with Dole

June 24, 2022 - Features

The Easter Egg Roll made its return as an in-person community event this past spring on April 16, 2022. The event was held on the grounds of the Dole Institute of Politics and we welcomed almost 750 people, and of those attending, 400 were children.…

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Dole Institute to Debut New Exhibition Featuring Story of MIA Soldier’s Wife

May 31, 2022 - News

LAWRENCE — The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will debut a new original exhibition, “Missing, Then Action: An Army Wife Speaks Out,” in the Elizabeth Dole Gallery and Reading Room on June 14, with a public…

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Dole Institute of Politics Award recipients

May 5, 2022 - News

In this special blog post, we focus on the extraordinary accomplishments of our 2021-2022 Student Advisory Board members. Supporting KU students is at the core of our mission. We’re so proud to honor these students at the conclusion of a great…

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Visitor Advisory/ ADA Accessibility – Construction Anticipated to Begin April 25

April 18, 2022 - Features

Parking Lot & Sidewalk Closures:

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Dole Institute Announces Dole Lecture, Additional Spring Programming

April 4, 2022 - News

LAWRENCE — The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced new upcoming programming in addition to its early spring…

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Remembering Secretary Albright

March 24, 2022 - Features

In September of 2006, the Dole Institute welcomed Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State. She spoke at the Lied Center, "An Evening with Madeleine Albright" in a program moderated by Dole Fellow Stephen Jacques, and appeared at a book…

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Dole Institute announces initial spring 2022 programming

January 25, 2022 - News

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas is pleased to announce its early spring 2022 programming lineup, featuring a variety of incredible speakers. This semester’s guests include a former U.S. Senator from Kansas, a…

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Memorial webpage shares Senator Bob Dole’s life & legacy

December 20, 2021 - News

To learn more about the life and legacy of Senator Robert J. Dole, visit robertdole.org. The memorial site offers a glimpse into Senator Dole's legacy of leadership, photographs from his career and memorial…

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Dole Institute to host virtual viewing of Senator Dole’s remembrance events

December 8, 2021 - News

While we continue to process the profound loss of Senator Robert J. Dole, we are heartened by the outpouring of kindness and compassion by his supporters across Kansas, the nation, and the world. …

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A Statement on the passing of Senator Bob Dole from Director Audrey Coleman and Director Emeritus Bill Lacy

December 5, 2021 - News

Senator Bob Dole has left a tremendous legacy of service and leadership as a soldier, legislator, and statesman. …

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Dole Institute of Politics presents The Counselors

October 27, 2021 - News

On Nov. 17, the Dole Institute of Politics will debut The Counselors, an engaging series featuring two advocates arguing either side of an important national issue. In a cross between a courtroom trial and a debate, the two counselors will present…

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Dole Institute to return to in-person programming this fall

July 28, 2021 - News

LAWRENCE – The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced its fall 2021 programming lineup, featuring a wide array of journalists, authors, scholars and politicians. Additionally, after a year and a half of…

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Dole Institute to host filmmakers, scholars, and leaders this spring

June 26, 2021 - News

LAWRENCE – The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced its virtual programming lineup for the Spring 2021 semester. With the inauguration of a new President, the focus of the early schedule will be on the…

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NEH Awards Dole Institute and Partners Funds to Build Online Portal for Congressional Archives

June 1, 2021 - News

LAWRENCE – The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, in partnership with West Virginia University Libraries and the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, will develop an online portal through…

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The Dole Institute welcomes Senator Pat Roberts for special program

May 1, 2021 - News

LAWRENCE- The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced that it will live-stream the fourth and final installment of its afternoon series inspired by the Voices from the Big First,…

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The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas is pleased to announce a new exhibit, Voices from the Big First, 1961-1968, which will debut in the Elizabeth Dole Gallery and Reading Room on February 11, 2021, and will…

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Statement regarding Senator Dole’s health challenges

April 5, 2021 - News

In light of Senator Bob Dole’s announcement today that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer, Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy has shared the following statement. …

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2020 Post-Election Conference to Debut as Video Series

January 4, 2021 - News

LAWRENCE- The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced that the biennial Post-Election Conference will debut as an eleven-part video series on the institute’s YouTube Channel. …

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