Dole Institute study groups to examine corporate responsibility, life in Congress

The Dole Institute of Politics has announced two 2011 fellows who will lead spring study groups examining corporate responsibility and bipartisanship in congress.

Dennis Moore

Walt Riker, a former television reporter, press secretary to Sen. Bob Dole and McDonald’s spokesman; and former U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., are this year’s fellows.

“Life in Congress,” Moore’s study group, will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The first session was Feb. 15 and it will continue through April 5. “Corporate Responsibility,” with Riker, former McDonald’s vice president of global media, will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays through April 6.

The not-for-credit study groups are intended to give faculty, staff and the public a chance to enrich their knowledge of special topics by taking part in open discussions with institute fellows and their special guests.

Moore, a KU alum who served Kansas’ third Congressional District from 1999 to 2011, will cover topics such as the role of a member of congress, the process of legislating, how members of congress divide time between legislating, fundraising and campaigning and interaction with lobbyists.

Walt Riker

Riker spent 17 years with McDonald’s, including nine as vice president of global media relations, overseeing the company’s media reach in 118 countries. A KU alum, he was also a television journalist for WIBW in Topeka before working in Washington. He will lead discussions on corporate responsibility, what it means to the public and what involved parties should be doing, outside of inflated dialogues and rhetoric. He will bring in guests representing McDonald’s, Business for Social Responsibility, Conservation International, Sprint, AT&T and Fortune Brands Inc.

For more information on the spring 2011 Dole Institute fellows and their study groups, visit doleinstitute.org or call 864-4900.

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