KU News Release

Nov. 11, 2011
Contact: Heather Anderson, Dole Institute of Politics, 785-864-1422

Dole Institute taking programs with Eisenhower expert to Manhattan, Topeka

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LAWRENCE — The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics and the Kansas University Alumni Association will host two free receptions and programs with Eisenhower scholar and author David Nichols, who will discuss his book, “Eisenhower 1956: The President's Year of Crisis — Suez and the Brink of War.”

The first interview-style program, “The Dole Institute Presents…David Nichols,” will be held Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Manhattan Country Club, 1531 N. 10th St. The event will begin with a brief public reception at 1 p.m. followed by the program. The program will be offered in Topeka the same day with a public reception at 5 p.m. followed by the program at the Ramada Inn Ballroom, 420 SE Sixth Ave.

The event is free and open to the public, but those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP online by visiting www.kualumni.org and clicking on the events tab. Contact Kerri Wright by email at klwright@kualumni.org or by phone at 785-864-9772 with questions. The event will include a book sale and signing.

“We are thrilled to work with the KU Alumni Association to bring our bipartisan programming to people who may not normally get the opportunity to come to Lawrence and see what we do here at the Dole Institute,” said director Bill Lacy. “An important part of Senator Dole’s vision for the Institute was serving the entire state of Kansas.”

Nichols’ book tells a tension-driven account of how President Dwight D. Eisenhower guided the United States through the Suez Canal crisis amid multiple eruptions of fighting and invasion across the globe. Nichols describes the intensity and complexity of Eisenhower’s position at the time as he battled personal health issues while trying to work with allies to stabilize global threats and prepare for an election at home.

Jim Newton of the Los Angeles Times wrote of the book, “The result is a riveting and relevant analysis of a sequence of events that placed the great nations of the period at the brink of a world war. That we know so little about the clashes of 1956 is testament not to their unimportance but to their deft handling by a great American president.”

David A. Nichols is a leading authority on the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. He has also authored “A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution.” A native of Kansas, he is the former academic dean at Southwestern College in Winfield and has a doctorate in history from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He and his wife currently reside in Winfield.

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