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Noted authors, Pulitzer winner, former FEMA chief all to speak at Dole Institute

The Dole Institute of Politics has announced four new programs featuring three noted authors, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes, and Michael Brown, former chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Wall Street Journal reporter Bobby Block, author of "Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security," will speak March 14 at the institute.

On March 28, Edward Humes will discuss the evolution vs. creationism debate and the school board fights and courtroom battles in Kansas and throughout the country, culminating in a famous 2005 court case in Dover, Pa.

Michael Brown, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during Hurricane Katrina, will speak on April 4 at Dole.

On April 17, John Patrick Diggins will discuss his most recent book, "Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History."

All programs are in the Dole Institute, begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The events are also offered via simulcast at Edwards Campus.

Bobby Block

Block covers the Department of Homeland Security for The Wall Street Journal and is a former foreign correspondent who has reported on terrorism and war from Europe, Africa and the Middle East. "Disaster" has been called "likely the best in-depth contemporary analysis of the Hurricane Katrina debacle" by the Washington Post.

Edward Humes

Humes' newest book is "Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion and The Battle For America's Soul." Humes' other books include "School of Dreams," "Baby E.R.," "Mean Justice" and the bestseller "Mississippi Mud."

Michael Brown

Brown has been consulting on emergency management nationally since he left FEMA, and is a guest of Dole Institute Fellow Scott Morris, who is conducting a study group this semester, entitled "The Politics of Natural Disasters."

Patrick Diggins

Diggins is the author of several books, including "The Rise and Fall of the American Left" and "The Proud Decades: 1941 – 1960," as well as biographies of John Adams and Max Weber. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

For more information on these or any Dole Institute programs, call 864-4900, or check out the Institute blog. For information about the Edwards Campus simulcast call (913) 897-8400.

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