Makayla Hipke
Dole Institute of Politics

Carly Fiorina, Major Garrett among Dole Institute spring presenters

Tue, 01/22/2019

LAWRENCE – The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has unveiled its full schedule of programming for the spring 2019 semester. The slate is led by April events with Major Garrett, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News, and Carly Fiorina, former HP chief executive and presidential hopeful.

Fiorina will visit in April to deliver the 2019 Dole Lecture. Held each spring and headlined by a national figure, the Dole Lecture commemorates April 14, 1945, when former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole was critically wounded while serving in Italy during World War II. The event honors Dole’s courageous recovery and continuing commitment to serve the nation.

March and April will be highlighted by “Political Page-Turners,” a three-part series of book talks. Major Garrett, Ira Shapiro and Mark Weinberg will each join the institute for an in-depth discussion about their fascinating careers and recently published books. Each program will include a book sale and signing with the author.

The schedule will launch in February with the 2019 Presidential Lecture Series. Organized by renowned KU faculty members Mary Banwart, associate professor of communication studies, and Shannon Portillo, associate professor of public affairs & administration, the four-part series will examine the individual careers of four women in public service. Each speaker will represent a different stage of her career, providing an in-depth look at leadership and mentoring subsequent generations.

“There is so much to look forward to this spring semester at the Dole Institute,” Director Bill Lacy said. “We are excited to host some major national names, outstanding authors and inspiring local leaders. There will truly be something for everyone.”

Programming will conclude in late April with the 2019 Student Advisory Board program. Students have organized a program focusing on the politicization of the U.S. Supreme Court, welcoming two legal experts to unpack the issue.

The institute will also host a discussion group series with Ethan Corson, an alumnus of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the current executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party. Corson and his guests will examine international trade, a critical issue to industries and workers statewide.

The well-attended Fort Leavenworth series will continue on the first Thursday of each month in 2019. Details about those programs and the yearly theme will be released at a later date.

One of the institute’s most popular offerings, the Easter Egg Roll with Dole, will make its return in spring 2019. The free, family-friendly event includes a White House-style egg roll, egg hunt, crafts, games and much more. More information on this will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Dole Institute of Politics is dedicated to promoting political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bipartisan, philosophically balanced manner. It is located in KU’s West District and houses the Dole Archive and Special Collections. Through its robust public programming, congressional archive and museum, the Dole Institute strives to celebrate public service and the legacies of former U.S. senators Bob Dole and Elizabeth Dole.

More information on all programs, as well as ongoing additions to the schedule, can be found on the Dole Institute’s website,

2019 Presidential Lecture Series
Follow the Leader: Four Women’s Journeys in Public Service
Public service leadership has many faces, and no two paths are the same. Four female leaders from various stages of their public service careers will join the Dole Institute to discuss how they prepared to take on their leadership roles and how they mentor others to follow in their footsteps. Both inspirational and practical, this series will remind audience members that there are always opportunities to lead from where they stand.


Early Career: Christina Ostmeyer
Feb. 6 — 7 p.m.
A recent KU graduate and former Dole Institute Student Advisory Board student coordinator, Christina Ostmeyer will share her journey from student to nonprofit professional. Ostmeyer is communications director for Kansas Appleseed, a local nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to vulnerable and excluded Kansans.


Mid-Career: Danielle Rudes
Feb. 12 — 7 p.m.
Danielle Rudes is an associate professor and the associate director of advancing correctional excellence at George Mason University. Rudes will discuss using research for the public good and how she translates her academic scholarship for both policy and practitioner audiences.


Established Career: Julie Robinson
Feb. 19 — 7 p.m.
Chief Judge Julie Robinson is the first African-American named to the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. A graduate of KU and KU Law, Robinson will discuss public service from the judiciary and how she mentors women to follow her lead.


Beyond the Career: Jan Davis
Feb. 26 — 7 p.m.
Jan Davis is a lifelong educator, serving more than 40 years as a teacher, principal, director of staff development and assistant superintendent with Wichita Public Schools. Committed to civic engagement, Davis has continued to serve her community in a wide variety of roles and will discuss leadership beyond the traditional career path. 


Spring 2019 Discussion Group series
International Trade in the 21st Century
Feb. 13, 20, 27; March 6, 20, 27; April 3 — 4 p.m.
Once considered an area of bipartisan consensus, support has eroded for the idea that free trade benefits the U.S. and that engagement with the global economy is essential to the nation’s economic growth. An alumnus of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the current executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party, Dole Fellow Ethan Corson leads an exploration of the issues surrounding international trade, including the different approaches taken by recent presidential administrations. Corson and his guests will dissect arguments for and against free trade and provide the historical context for understanding today’s debate.


Political Page-Turners: Spring Book Series

Movie Nights with the Reagans
Thursday, March 7 — 7 p.m.
A longtime staffer under President Ronald Reagan, Mark Weinberg shares an intimate look inside the Reagan presidency — told through the movies they watched together every week at Camp David. In a program that will fascinate movie buffs and history aficionados alike, Weinberg highlights several of the captivating stories and iconic films outlined in his memoir, “Movie Nights with the Reagans.” Weinberg is a former speechwriter and adviser to Reagan, serving on the 1980 campaign traveling staff, eight years in the White House and two years thereafter as Reagan’s post-presidential spokesman. This program includes a book sale and signing.


Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country?
Tuesday, March 19 — 7 p.m.
In an era of sharp polarization, author Ira Shapiro places the U.S. Senate at “ground zero for America’s political dysfunction.” Shapiro visits for a talk on his latest book, “Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country?” His writing offers a frank assessment of the Senate’s current political climate and examines possible solutions to the quagmire. A former U.S. Senate staffer and leading U.S. trade negotiator, Shapiro ultimately earned the rank of ambassador during his time in government. This program includes a book sale and signing.


An Evening with Major Garrett
Tuesday, April 2 — 7 p.m.
With over two decades of experience reporting on the White House, Major Garrett has had a front-row seat to modern presidential history. He has covered four presidencies for three news outlets and currently serves as the chief Washington correspondent for CBS News. In this can’t-miss program, Garrett will discuss his career in journalism, the twists and turns of covering our nation’s highest office, and his latest book, “Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride.” This program includes a book sale and signing.


Dole Lecture: Carly Fiorina
Sunday, April 14 — 4 p.m.
The Dole Institute is delighted to welcome Carly Fiorina for the 2019 Dole Lecture. The first woman ever to lead a Fortune 50 company, Fiorina is the former CEO of HP and a best-selling author, and she was a 2016 candidate for president. Guided by her new book, “Find Your Way: Unleash Your Power and Highest Potential,” Fiorina will share reflections and leadership lessons gleaned from her long career in both for-profit and nonprofit settings. This program includes a book sale and signing.


Student Advisory Board program

Battleground: Political Polarization and the Supreme Court
Thursday, April 25 — 7 p.m.

Recent judicial confirmations have laid bare the political divisions present in the nation’s highest court. In the Dole Institute Student Advisory Board’s spring program, two experts on judicial confirmation, law and legal institutions will examine politicization of the Supreme Court. Joining the conversation are Lee Epstein, Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor at Washington University, and Stephen Ware, KU professor of law.   

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