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Contact: Linda Kay Pritchard, Dole Institute of Politics, (785) 864-4900

Dole Institute programs offer insider's view on global, national political issues

LAWRENCE -- The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas is offering four opportunities before the Nov. 2 election for voters to delve into global and national issues with political, military and governmental insiders.

Speakers include a well-known New York Times and public television political commentator, one of the U.S. Army's central planners for the Iraqi invasion and several distinguished diplomats.

"Participants will gain an insider's view regarding important policy topics facing the nation in this election," said Bill Lacy, institute director. "We are proud to present these programs as part of our ongoing effort to contribute to public debate in a civil, informative and meaningful way."

All four programs will start at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The first three are at the Dole Institute. No tickets are required.

The "Countdown to Election 2004" programs:
-- Oct. 21: "Planning the War in Iraq: An Insider's View" with Col. Kevin Benson, director of the School of Advanced Military Studies at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth and one of the Army˙s central planners for the Iraq invasion. This is one of the first programs resulting from a new KU-Fort Leavenworth student and faculty exchange agreement signed this fall.
-- Oct. 26: "Who Decides the Outcome? The Role of the Media in Election 2004," roundtable discussion by panel of media experts and working journalists moderated by Burdett Loomis, KU professor of political science. Sponsored by KU School of Journalism & Mass Communications and the institute.
-- Oct. 27: "The People Speak. U.S. Elections: The World Is Watching," panel discussion featuring former U.S. ambassador to Senegal Harriet Elam-Thomas, Japanese Consul General Takao Shibata; former Paraguayan Ambassador to the Organization of American States Diego Abente Brun; and Emizet Kisagani, associate professor of political science at Kansas State University. Sponsored by the Office of International Programs, the Dole Institute of Politics, KU Area Studies Centers, Center for International Business Education and Research and Kansas Campus Compact in conjunction with The People Speak initiative through the United Nations Foundation.
-- Oct. 28: "An Evening With David Brooks." The New York Times columnist and PBS "NewsHour" commentator will speak as part of the Kansas Economic Policy Conference in 120 Budig Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Dole Institute, established at KU in 1997 to honor the former Kansas senator and KU alumnus, is designed to foster new thinking on major policy issues and to encourage student participation and citizen involvement in public service. The institute, housing exhibits and the world's largest congressional archive, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. For more information, call (785) 864-4900 or visit http://www.doleinstitute.org.


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