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Dole Institute announces 20th anniversary programming
LAWRENCE — The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced the start of its 20th programming year with a slate of signature events featuring world-class leaders, including KU alumni. Gerald Seib, a veteran journalist from The Wall Street Journal and KU graduate, will serve as the Fall Dole Fellow, with his discussion group series focusing on the 2022 midterm elections. Former president of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos will receive the 2022 Dole Leadership Prize at a public program Sept. 20.

KU journalism school will offer new concentration in Media Arts and Production
LAWRENCE — Recognizing the growing need for creative content and media production, the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Kansas is launching a concentration in Media Arts and Production this fall. The concentration was designed for students interested in creative roles across a variety of professional and media organizations. This includes creative media, creative services and content creation, including creative media production.

KPR will host annual ice cream social
LAWRENCE — Kansas Public Radio, based at the University of Kansas, will host an ice cream social this month to show appreciation to its listener-member community. The public radio station will serve complimentary Hy-Vee ice cream treats while supplies last from 5 to 7 p.m. July 28 at Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire St. Local artist Sky Smeed will perform live music.

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Contact: Maria Fisher, Dole Institute of Politics, 785-864-4900, [email protected], @DoleInstitute
Dole Institute announces 20th anniversary programming
LAWRENCE — The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced the start of its 20th programming year with a slate of signature events featuring world-class leaders, including KU alumni.
Gerald Seib, a veteran journalist from The Wall Street Journal and KU graduate, will serve as the Fall Dole Fellow, with his discussion group series focusing on the 2022 midterm elections. Seib worked for The Wall Street Journal for almost 45 years. He served as the journal’s executive Washington editor and wrote the weekly “Capital Journal” column for 29 years. He also reported from the Middle East for the publication in the mid-1980s, covered the White House, moderated three presidential debates and interviewed every president since Ronald Reagan.
Hosted by Dole Fellows, Discussion Groups focus on a specific topic or issue and feature guest experts in that field. They provide unique opportunities for KU students and the wider public to interact directly with the guests. Seib’s series on the 2022 midterm election will feature national pollsters as well as prominent politicos and journalists. Each session takes place at 4 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 19 and 26; and Nov. 2, 9, and 16. These events will also be livestreamed via the Dole Institute’s website. The Dole Fellows Program is made possible by Newman’s Own Foundation. Seib will be in-residence this fall, and in addition to discussion groups, he will work closely with members of the Dole Institute Student Advisory Board. His residency is sponsored by the Dolph Simons Family Fund.
The Dole Institute and the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications will welcome Seib and his wife, Barbara Rosewicz, who are both graduates of the school, to campus next month. Rosewicz will be a Hearst Visiting Professional in Residence this fall at the journalism school, working with faculty on projects for the Eudora Times and in-depth reporting stories. Rosewicz is a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal and most recently was project director for The Pew Charitable Trusts. She also chairs the William Allen White Foundation.
Former president of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos will receive the 2022 Dole Leadership Prize at a public program at the Dole Institute on Sept. 20. The Dole Leadership Prize is a bipartisan award presented annually to an individual who demonstrates the importance of involvement in political and civic affairs. Santos was identified for recognition by the late U.S. Sen. Bob Dole in honor of his successful efforts to bring peace to Colombia.
Santos graduated from KU with degrees in business and economics and completed post-graduate studies at the London School of Economics and Harvard University.
In his career of service to Colombia, Santos was chief of the Colombian delegation to the International Coffee Organization (ICO) in London; he was the elected by Congress as designate to the presidency (equivalent of vice president), and Colombia’s first foreign trade minister, as well as finance minister and national defense minister. He served two terms as president of Colombia from 2010-2018, with one of the cornerstones of his administration being his work on a peace process with FARC, the Colombian guerrilla organization.
As a result of his commitment to achieve peace in Colombia, he was the sole recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 for “his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end,” according to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
Santos is only the third foreign recipient of the Dole Leadership Prize, joining Poland’s former president Lech Walesa and Viktor Yushchenko, former president of Ukraine. Other winners include former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, civil rights icon John Lewis and former secretary of state James Baker. The prize carries a $25,000 award, to be directed by Santos to the charity of his choice.
Sherrie Rollins Westin, president of Sesame Workshop, will deliver the fifth Elizabeth Dole Women in Leadership Lecture on Oct. 5. Inaugurated in 2017, the annual lecture features women who break barriers, make significant contributions to their fields and reach positions of leadership.
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street.” Rollins Westin leads the organization’s efforts to serve vulnerable children through mass media and targeted initiatives in the United States and around the world. She serves as Sesame Workshop’s chief mission ambassador, raising awareness, developing strategic partnerships and cultivating philanthropic support to further the workshop’s mission to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger and kinder.
In her career, Rollins Westin also served in U.S. government roles as assistant to the president for public liaison and intergovernmental affairs for then-president George H.W. Bush and assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In December, Bill Lacy, director emeritus, will return to the Dole Institute as guest moderator for his signature Post-Election Conference. On Dec. 7 and 8, the comprehensive biennial conference, which follows each national election, will feature political experts, including state and national strategists, pollsters, journalists and campaign officials who analyze how and why elections were won and lost, and what that will mean for the next two years.
“We are excited to kick off our 20th programming year by sharing this slate of world-class leaders in politics, journalism and public service,” said Audrey Coleman, director of the Dole Institute. “The Dole Institute continues to distinguish itself as a unique and much-needed forum for civil discussion and bipartisan perspective on politics, policy and leadership.”
Announcement of these signature programs comes in honor of the late senator Bob Dole’s birthday on July 22. The senator, who passed away last December, would have turned 99.
Program times and additional fall programing will be announced in the coming weeks.
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Contact: Julie Adam, School of Journalism, 785-864-7644, [email protected], @KUJournalism
KU journalism school will offer new concentration in Media Arts and Production
LAWRENCE — Recognizing the explosive need for creative content and media production, the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Kansas is launching a concentration in Media Arts and Production.
“Extensive research, interviews with alumni and professionals, and dedicated faculty time went into planning this new concentration,” said Ann Brill, dean of the journalism school. “We also heard from high school students looking for a program just like this. We see this as complementing and expanding what we are already doing to prepare a new generation of media professionals.”
Media Arts and Production becomes a third concentration option for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the school, and students will be able to start taking courses in the new concentration this fall. The other two concentrations recently had name changes: the News & Information track is now the Multimedia Journalism concentration, and the Strategic Communication track is now the Digital Marketing Communications, Advertising & Public Relations concentration. The school is planning to launch a fourth concentration in fall 2023 for students interested in sports media.
The new Media Arts and Production concentration was designed for students interested in creative roles across a variety of professional and media organizations. This includes creative media, creative services and content creation, including creative media production.
The new concentration will focus on the essential and growing creative services of the advertising, public relations and consulting industries. Now fueled even more by the “creator economy,” creative services have continued to expand and grow. The creator economy includes the movement of highly motivated, creative and skilled individuals using digital platforms to start businesses, manage brands or handle company communications across connected multichannel and multiplatform media. According to LinkedIn, in the first 11 months of 2021, nearly 147,000 premium job postings on LinkedIn in the United States carried “creator” in the title, a 12% jump year over year. In November alone, those job posts were up 220% compared with the same time the previous year.
Janet Rose, professor of the practice in the school who led the effort to form the new concentration, said strong, multifaceted creative idea and tech-savvy executional experts graduating from the Media Arts and Production concentration will be in demand in the job market.
“Companies are scrambling to hire more people who can develop breakthrough ideas and create content, stories and visuals for websites, social media, blogs, emails, infographics and videos,” Rose said. “Every industry needs talented, skilled creators to get noticed, elevate the company’s brand, stay competitive and increase sales.”
The Media Arts and Production curriculum will include required courses in creative concepting and ideation, media law and ethics, data storytelling and audience experience. Students can then choose from electives such as video and audio production, digital media tools, gamification, website management and more.
Graduates will be qualified for jobs in creative media careers such as creative director, copywriter, video producer/director, podcast and audio producer, website or digital content producer, social media content and engagement manager and many others.
“The new Media Arts and Production concentration will give our students passionate about and committed to excellence in creative work a powerful start into the professional fields and roles hungry for their expertise,” Rose said.
Students can get more information at journalism.ku.edu or email [email protected]

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Contact: Emily Fisher, Kansas Public Radio, 785-864-0190, [email protected], @kprnews
KPR will host annual ice cream social
LAWRENCE — Kansas Public Radio, based at the University of Kansas, will host an ice cream social this month to show appreciation to its member community.
The public radio station will serve complimentary Hy-Vee ice cream treats while supplies last from 5-7 p.m. July 28 at Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire St. Local artist Sky Smeed will perform live music.
This is a KPR member-exclusive event, and members will have the chance to claim their own KPR mug commemorating the station’s 70th anniversary. KPR will offer one mug per household, while supplies last. All listeners have the opportunity to become a member by contributing to KPR at kansaspublicradio.org/support.
Attendees also have the opportunity to mingle with KPR hosts and other listeners. For children, there will be balloon art provided by Balloonman and other family-friendly activities.
KPR thanks Hy-Vee, Kring’s Interiors, Maceli’s, Balloonman, Blue Collar Press and all of its station supporters.
KPR is licensed to KU, broadcasts on 91.5 FM and 96.1 FM in Lawrence, 89.7 FM in Emporia, 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Junction City, 89.9 FM in Atchison, 90.3 FM in Chanute, and 99.5 FM and 97.9 FM in Manhattan. KPR can be heard on the KPR app or online at kansaspublicradio.org. KPR also operates KPR2, a news-talk programming stream, which can be heard on an HD receiver, on KPR’s website and on 96.1 in Lawrence and 97.9 in Manhattan.

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