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Dole Institute Releases Fall Schedule

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

LAWRENCE — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas today released its programming schedule for the fall 2014 semester, including its nationally acclaimed Post Election Conference. All events are free, open to the public and located at the Dole Institute.

“It’s going to be an exciting election year nationally and here in Kansas. We’ll have a good dose of politics but also programs that will address how we can make government work in this era of intense polarization,” said Bill Lacy, Dole Institute director.

Fall semester highlights include forums with political journalists from Time Magazine, NPR, The New York Times and KC Star on the media and the midterm elections; elected officials on bipartisanship and reform in Washington, D.C.; nationally recognized food activist Tanya Fields; a special commemorative program on the historic Dole/Roy ’74 campaign, complete with materials from the Dole Archives; and historian and author Richard Norton Smith with his new biography of Nelson Rockefeller.

In addition to the evening and weekend forums, the Dole Institute will offer diverse afternoon programming. The Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and Dole Institute will continue to host the 2014 Fort Leavenworth Series, “Decisive Battles,” through November. The Institute’s schedule will be rounded out with a screening of the documentary “Great American Wheat Harvest,” including a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker, and a book talk on finding freedom from domestic violence, with Ludy Green.

Additional programs may be added throughout the semester. Ongoing updates will be made to the schedule on the Dole Institute’s website, www.doleinstitute.org.

The Dole Institute’s lineup of programs for the fall semester:

2014 Fort Leavenworth Series: Decisive Battles

Operation Typhoon and the 1941 Battle for Moscow, with John Suprin

3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, Dole Institute

There are many famous battles in history that we label as decisive events — Yorktown, Waterloo, Gettysburg and Midway — just to name a few. However, history is replete with lesser known clashes of arms that were arguably just as significant in their respective wars. Don’t miss the chance to learn about these critical clashes on the first Thursday of each month through November.

2014 Politics & Journalism Lecture

The Media and the Midterms

with Dave Helling, KC Star; Jonathan Martin, New York Times; David Von Drehle, Time Magazine, & Juana Summers, NPR

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, Dole Institute

Who’s going to win? And how? Join us as veteran journalists talk about the media’s role in covering the midterm elections. Hear how they go inside the campaigns, get the real time numbers, and get the stories and information out to the people, all of which create the predictions that keep the public on the edge of their seats.

2014 Fort Leavenworth Series: Decisive Battles

Forgotten Transcendence: the Battle of Buena Vista, 1847 with Gregory Hospodor

3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, Dole Institute

There are many famous battles in history that we label as decisive events — Yorktown, Waterloo, Gettysburg, and Midway — just to name a few. However, history is replete with lesser known clashes of arms that were arguably just as significant in their respective wars. Don’t miss the chance to learn about these critical clashes on the first Thursday of each month through November.

Your Story, His Story, the Legacy:

the 1974 Dole-Roy Senate Race

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, Dole Institute

This election season, the Dole Institute commemorates 40 years since the hard-fought U.S. Senate race between former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole and Congressman Bill Roy. Join Dave Owen, Dole’s campaign coordinator, and Bill Roy Jr., son of Congressman Roy, in an interview with Dole Institute Senior Archivist Audrey Coleman, featuring personal recollections and historic materials from the Dole Archives.

Tanya Fields: Eco-Warrior of the Food Revolution

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, Dole Institute

Food justice advocate and community organizer Tanya Fields will be interviewed on topics related to KU’s Campus Sustainability Week and KU Fights Hunger Month activities, as well as Dole's legacy of addressing hunger and poverty, with particular emphasis on socioeconomic factors and access. This event is presented in partnership with KU Center for Sustainability, KU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, KU’s Office of the Provost and KU’s International Center for Ethics in Business, and it is co-sponsored by KU Fights Hunger and the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity. 

We Can Fix It:

A Bipartisan Blueprint to Strengthen Our Democracy

with U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) and Dan Glickman, former U.S. secretary of agriculture

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, Dole Institute

Over the past two years, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform, a group of 30 Americans from all political stripes, has engaged concerned citizens across the country to develop reforms for our polarized government. Bennett (R) and Glickman, a Democrat, will share these recommendations and discuss how they could lead to the big changes America needs. This event is co-sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC).

Is It Time to Recognize Cuba?

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, Dole Institute

Frank Calzon, executive director of the Center for a Free Cuba, and Marifeli Perez-Stable, professor at Florida International University, join the Dole Institute for a moderated discussion on formal U.S. recognition of Cuba, beginning with lines of commerce and travel that have been closed since 1960. This event is co-sponsored by the Pan American Association of Kansas City.

2014 Fort Leavenworth Series: Decisive Battles

The Siege of Budapest: A Decisive Battle against Nazism with Sean Kalic

3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, Dole Institute

There are many famous battles in history that we label as decisive events — Yorktown, Waterloo, Gettysburg, and Midway — just to name a few. However, history is replete with lesser known clashes of arms that were arguably just as significant in their respective wars. Don’t miss the chance to learn about these critical clashes on the first Thursday of each month through November.

“Ending Domestic Violence Captivity: A Guide to Economic Freedom” with author Ludy Green

3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, Dole Institute

Green has been working on domestic violence issues and solutions by getting politicians, CEOs of large corporations, Congress and the United Nations to acknowledge her vision. Her efforts were instrumental in getting new language introduced to the updated Violence Against Women Act in 2013. Green will discuss her recent book, which outlines how a woman can regain her independence, her well-being, and her dignity by distancing herself from her former abuser through employment. This event includes a book sale and signing.

No Labels: Stop Fighting, Start Fixing with Mark McKinnon

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, Dole Institute

With five winning presidential primary and general elections as a top political strategist, McKinnon knows all about hyper-partisanship in Washington and wants to do something about it. Find out more about No Labels, a growing bipartisan group of political players dedicated to crossing the aisle to get things done, and McKinnon’s take on where things are headed for the two parties, based on the outcomes of the November elections.

“On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller” with author and historian Richard Norton Smith

4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, Dole Institute

Acclaimed historian Richard Norton Smith takes us inside his new biography of one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century, Nelson Rockefeller. Fourteen years in the making, and utilizing thousands of new documents, interviews and Rockefeller’s own writings, the book is the definitive work on this American icon. The book is scheduled to be released Oct. 21. This event includes a book sale and signing.

“The Great American Wheat Harvest”

screening & Q & A with filmmaker Conrad Weaver

3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, Dole Institute

Telling the story of families who travel from Texas to Canada custom harvesting wheat for our country and the world, award-winning filmmaker Conrad Weaver documents the inspiring heritage now threatened to be lost. Many Americans take for granted the way our food supply comes to us daily. These harvesting families take risks and battle technological, economic and environmental challenge to feed millions. This event includes a film screening, Q&A session and DVD sale.

2014 Post Election Conference

Panelists TBA

Thursday & Friday, Dec. 11 & 12, times TBA, Dole Institute

The Dole Institute’s nationally recognized post-election panel is back for the midterms. National journalists and strategists from both sides will analyze the midterm election results and look ahead with early predictions for 2016 in a multisession conference. Come to one session or come to all! Just don’t miss this chance to hear from the experts.

Fall 2014 Study Groups

Behind the Byline: Political Journalists on the Midterm Election with Dole Fellow Dave Helling, KC Star

4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Dole Institute

Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 22, 29 & Nov. 12

Ten-second sound bites, 300-word articles, 140-character tweets. That's how we digest today's political headlines. This fall, go behind the byline with Dole Fellow Dave Helling and his special guest speakers as they dissect the evolution of political journalism and share insight on the 2014 elections that only veteran political journalists can provide.

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Museum Events

Art Cart: Painted Fans
Saturday, January 20 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 317
1301 Mississippi St.
The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where children and grown-ups enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original works of art. After traveling the world, Sallie Casey Thayer donated her collection of objects to KU to form what is now the Spencer Museum of Art. Learn about Mrs. Thayer and create a painted folding fan to start your own collection.

Slow Art Sunday: Steel Wool Peignoir
Sunday, January 21 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Kemper Family Foundations Balcony, 408
1301 Mississippi St.
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In January, get to know Steel Wool Peignoir by Mimi Smith.

Science on Tap: The Cambrian: More than just Trilobites
Wednesday, January 24 | 7:30 p.m.
Free State Brewing Co., 636 Massachusetts St.
The Cambrian is a time in Earth’s history when many modern animal relatives make their first appearance. It is also a time when many bizarre animals without modern relatives appear in the fossil record. At this Science on Tap, Dr. Julien Kimmig will talk about the diversity of animals during this amazing period and what it can teach us about the future of life on earth. 

Career Close-ups: Developing a Career in the Museum World
Friday, January 26 | 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Auditorium 309
1301 Mississippi St.
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to explore how any major can lead to a career in a cultural organization. A panel of museum professionals will share their experiences, followed by a networking reception and behind-the-scenes tours of KU’s museums. This year’s panelists include: Dina Bennett (Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University), Glenn North (Black Archives of Mid-America), and Adrianne Russell (Cabinet of Curiosities). Advance registration is required at www.spencerart.ku.edu/career-closeups. Please register by January 24. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/476618689399321/
Sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art, KU Natural History Museum, University Career Center, and the Museum Studies Program.

Final Friday: Community and Culture Closing Celebration
Friday, January 26 | 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.
The Watkins, in partnership with the Max Kade Center and the Lawrence Opera Theatre, present an evening of 19th-century German-American music and cuisine.

Discovery Day: Celebrating Kansas
Sunday, January 28 | 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
In honor of Kansas Day, join us for hands-on activities that are all about Kansas wildlife, plants and fossils. 

Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture: An Evening with Eve L. Ewing: Poetry in Context
Wednesday, January 31 | 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.
Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist, poet, essayist, artist, and educator whose research focuses on racism, social inequality, urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. Dr. Ewing earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University and is recognized as a leader and social influencer, especially in conversations involving academia, writing, black women, and the intersection of politics and popular culture. Sponsored by The Commons.

University in the Art Museum for Graduate Students
Thursday, February 1 | 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.
University in the Art Museum introduces graduate students to opportunities for object-based teaching, learning, and research through collaborative partnerships with the Spencer Museum of Art. This workshop includes discussions led by graduate students in the departments of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Geography; and Atmospheric Science. Advance registration is required by Monday, January 29. Register online at https://spencerart.ku.edu/uam.

Extraordinary Animals: Awesome Adaptations
Sunday, February 4 | 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
At this new monthly animal event, parents and children are invited to learn about animals of Kansas. Museum Animal Specialist Ashley Welton will offer presentations about animal adaptations using touchable specimens from the museums collections at 1:15, 1:45 and 2:15 pm. 

FeBREWary at the Watkins
Thursday, February 15 | 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.
The Watkins, in partnership with Lawrence Beer Co., presents an evening of beer, food, and knowledge! Enjoy beer and a fascinating talk on brewing provided by Lawrence Beer Co., plus food from local restaurants and an informal museum tour. Tickets are $15 for DCHS members, $20 for non-members. You may sign up online or contact the museum at 785-841-4109. We recommend buying in advance. Ages 21 and over only, please. More information and registration.

Winter Table: An Evening of Herpetology
Wednesday, February 28 | 6:30 p.m.
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
A celebration of more than 100 years of KU herpetology research programs and the careers of Linda Trueb and Bill Duellman. Explore the Natural History Museum's reptile and amphibian collections and enjoy appetizers and drinks. Dine in the Panorama Gallery with KU herpetology scientists and students conducting reptile and amphibian research across the globe. 

6:30 pm: appetizers, drinks and science salon
7:00 pm: dinner and program
$50 per person 

Reserve your space now at the 2018 Winter Table by ordering tickets online. Tickets are $50 per person. You may also call 785-864-4450 to purchase by phone or you may purchase tickets at the museum lobby during business hours. Questions? Contact biodiversity@ku.edu or 785-864-4450.

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