Archive for Saturday, January 16, 2010

Lecture series to focus on Dole

January 16, 2010


This year’s Dole Institute of Politics 2010 Presidential Lecture Series will take an exclusive look at Sen. Bob Dole’s legacy of leadership.

All events are free and open to the public at the Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive, on Kansas University’s West Campus. The events are:

• “Writing the Life of a Leader,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, featuring Dole biographer Jake Thompson.

• “Legislation that Changed America,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, a conversation with three former Dole staffers: Sheila Burke, Rod DeArment and Walt Riker.

• “The World’s Greatest Deliberative Body?” 7:30 p.m. March 2, featuring former Senate historian Richard A. Baker.

• “Conversation with a Colleague,” 6 p.m. March 10, featuring former Sen. Jack Danforth, a Missouri Republican who served from 1976-1995.

• “Changing the Slow Institution,” March 25-26, a conference featuring some of the nation’s leading scholars on the Senate, co-sponsored by KU’s political science department. The time will be announced later.


kansasplains 8 years, 3 months ago

When I had finished the army (4 years, honorable discharge) and returned to Lawrence, I wanted to use my GU Bill to work with Goddard, an alternative school that met my needs (KU did NOT, and it still doesn't for many, many people). I did not want to waste my time studying English when there were more important things to do. But when I called Dole's office repeatedly, an assistant told me over and over again that I could not get Dole's attention, and that he himself was NOT interested. Since that time I have seen many, many examples of how Dole never cared for Kansas or issues that really matter. For many veterans, and I am only one example, Dole did not care in the least who we were or what was our view of the future. It is a terrible waste of time for KU's political science department to have this series of programs. My suspicion is that there will only be "views of Dole's great contribution" when, for many of us, we never had the ability to use our GI Bill for what mattered most. I was young; and Dole never came through for me or even took the time to listen.

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