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Aug. 28, 2006
Contact: Steven Jacques, Dole Institute of Politics, (785) 864-4900.

Dole Institute of Politics at KU announces September schedule

LAWRENCE — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas today announced its September program schedule that features diplomats and a billion-dollar political fundraiser.

“We will kick off our fall semester with an exceptional group of speakers, all of whom have impressive national and international credentials. It’s like watching PBS, CNN or network news,” said Bill Lacy, director of the institute. “The big difference is that here, our students and members of the community get to experience it personally, ask questions and get candid answers.”

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, “Rocket Science: North Korea, the Bomb and What We Can Do About It” will examine the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. The forum includes longtime U.S. Foreign Service diplomat Ambassador David Lambertson, who, from 2000 to 2005, implemented North Korea’s nuclear program agreements with the international community. Janet Breslin-Smith, who recently retired as professor and department chair in the National War College (Department of National Security Strategy); and former Japanese diplomat Takao Shibata, former Consul General of Japan in Kansas City, complete the panel of experts.

This event is also sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Center for East Asian Studies and Center for International Business Education and Research.

On Thursday, Sept. 14, fundraiser Rod Smith, who has raised more than $1 billion for Republican party committees and candidates and author of Money Power & Elections: How Campaign Finance Reform Subverts American Democracy, will make the argument that campaign finance reform is counterproductive. A book signing will follow.

From Sept. 18 through 28, the Dole Institute will celebrate Constitution Day, which is Sept. 18, and Civic Engagement Week, highlighted with a forum Sept. 21 titled “Judicial Independence.” The program will feature a brief new video of Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Stephen Breyer and Anthony Kennedy discussing judicial independence and its importance, followed by a lively panel discussion featuring Judge Deanell Tacha, 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; Kris Kobach, professor of law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and Kansas Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt. The moderator will be Stephen McAllister of the KU School of Law.

The Dole Institute will present a special guest speaker on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 27. Details will be announced soon.

Unless otherwise noted, all forums are at 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive, on KU's west campus next to the Lied Center.

In addition to the evening forums, Dole fellows Ed Quick, who served in senior positions on Capitol Hill and as a presidential appointee for more than 25 years, and Scott Richardson, Lawrence-based film producer and former press aide to Sen. Robert Dole, will begin their afternoon study groups.

Quick’s study group will focus on “The Culture of Congress,” and Richardson will examine “Bob Dole, The Senate Years.” Start dates for both study groups, which will be on consecutive Wednesdays and Thursdays, will be announced soon.

The Dole Institute of Politics is dedicated to the mission of promoting civic engagement, public service and politics. For more information, go to the Dole Institute Web site or call (785) 864-4900.

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