May 14, 2004

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Contact: Stephen McAllister or Jonathan Earle, Dole Institute, (785) 864-4900.

Sen. Dole to introduce President Clinton; Lecture moved to Allen Field House

LAWRENCE -- University of Kansas officials announced today that former Sen. Robert J. Dole will introduce former President Bill Clinton when he gives the inaugural Dole Lecture, and that the venue has been moved to Allen Field House on the KU campus. The date and time remain 2:15 p.m. Friday, May 21.

"We are delighted Sen. Dole will introduce President Clinton," said KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway. "It's an honor to have these two world leaders here together at KU."

Stephen McAllister, interim director of the Dole Institute of Politics at KU, said that the tremendous demand for tickets from students, faculty, and the community at large outweighed logistical and other concerns about having the event at the Field House, which is not air-conditioned.

McAllister said he estimated that the Field House will seat approximately 12,000 for the event; the Lied Center, the original venue, seats 1,900.

"We want as many people as possible to be there to kick off this exciting new lecture series," said Dole, who personally invited Clinton.

Tickets for seats in the Lied Center will be honored. Other tickets are being mailed Monday to donors, officials and others who previously were contacted by the Dole Institute. Up to 5,000 tickets will be available for students, faculty and staff with current KU IDs at the Allen Field House ticket office from noon to 6 p.m. Monday. Tickets for the general public will be available 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, or as long as the supply lasts. A two-ticket-per-person limit will be enforced both days. No phone orders for tickets will be accepted.

Doors on the south and east sides of the Field House will open at 12:30 p.m. Security regulations prohibit large bags.

"The President and his staff suggested this move, and we agreed," McAllister said. "The bottom line is, there will be many more tickets available for all those interested. We all want the inaugural lecture to be a stellar event for the community, our students, Senator Dole and President Clinton."

Jonathan Earle, associate director for programming at the institute, said he was thrilled that more members of the community would be able to hear the address in person.

"This entire event will be fantastic for the institute, KU and Lawrence," said Earle, citing the imminent release of Clinton's memoirs and his continuing popularity.

The Dole Lecture is one in a series of signature programs designed to bring the Institute and the community together. Each spring, on or about the date of Senator Dole's wounding in Italy during the Second World War, the Institute will bring a prominent figure to campus to address some aspect of international politics or diplomacy.

"It is an opportunity for Kansans to hear from and interact with policy makers and world leaders," said McAllister.

Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, has spent much of the past two years working on his foundation, which aims to fight AIDS globally; economic empowerment of poor communities; racial, ethnic and religious reconciliation; and citizen service.

The Dole Institute, which houses the nation's largest Congressional archive, was dedicated last summer in a four-day gala celebration attended by hundreds of veterans plus special guests including former President Jimmy Carter, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.

The institute is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. For more information, call (785) 864-4900 or visit


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