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April 12, 2005
Contact: Bill Lacy, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, (785) 864-4900.

Campaign-style gathering, picnic planned for Sen. Dole's return to institute, lecture


LAWRENCE -- Former Sen. Bob Dole will return to the institute bearing his name on April 26 to deliver the 2005 Dole Lecture in an event that will recall a traditional Kansas campaign stop, the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas announced today.

Dole's lecture, "One Soldier's Story," will be given at 4 p.m. inside the institute and will be followed by an outdoor picnic and old-fashioned gathering.

" It will be the first time Bob Dole has given a public address at the institute," said Bill Lacy, institute director. "I can't imagine asking anyone but him to do this year's Dole Lecture. Senator Dole has an important message of courage and sacrifice that Americans of all ages should hear."

Dole's lecture will draw upon his new book, "One Soldier's Story." The book tells the story of Dole's service in Italy during the waning months of World War II, the devastating wounds he sustained there, and his recovery from them with the help of family, hometown friends and a very special doctor. A book signing will follow the lecture.

The lecture will be followed by an outdoor gathering featuring free hot dogs and other picnic fare, live music and fun. "Our goal is to make it family friendly," Lacy said. "We'll have a tent and big-screen TV set up so no one will miss the lecture. It will give many more people an opportunity to be part of the event."

All events are free and open to the public, but tickets are required for seating and the picnic.

Tickets for seats inside the institute will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting immediately. About 300 tickets will be distributed for Hansen Hall and 125 for the Simons Media Room. Tent/lawn tickets also will be available, and all tickets will be accepted for the picnic.

This will be the second Dole Lecture; the first was given by former President Bill Clinton last May.

For tickets call (785) 864-4900, or for more information visit http://www.doleinstitute.org.

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