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Bill Clinton to kick off Bob Dole lecture series

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Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole has invited the man who defeated him in the 1996 presidential election to deliver the first lecture in a new series that bears Dole's name.

Former President Bill Clinton is speaking on May 21 at the Lied Center at the University of Kansas, the school announced Wednesday.

Last summer, the university dedicated the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. Its purpose is to serve as a research center for the study of politics and to document Dole's life and career. He attended the University of Kansas but didn't graduate, having joined the Army and gone off to fight in World War II.

"I cannot think of a more appropriate person to inaugurate the Dole Lecture than President Clinton," Dole said in a news release. "It sets entirely the right tone in terms of having the institute embody nonpartisan public service."

Dole and Clinton co-chaired the fund-raising campaign for the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, benefiting family members of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. They also served together on the World War II Memorial project.

The Dole Lecture is set to bring key people to the campus to speak on international policy or diplomacy each spring.