The John Hazen White, Sr., Lecture was endowed in 1993 in memory of John Hazen White, Sr., a prominent Rhode Island business leader whose family company, Taco, is currently run by his son, John Hazen White, Jr. The White lecture addresses timely political and policy issues facing the nation.
Laura Dove was elected Secretary for the Minority on August 1, 2013. She was then elected Secretary for the Majority on January 6, 2015, the last in a string of positions on the Senate Republican floor staff. Dove started her Senate career as a page for Senator Strom Thurmond and later as a floor page for then-Republican Leader Bob Dole. After several stints in the Republican Cloakroom and other leadership offices, Dove was appointed Assistant Secretary for the Majority in 2003, and worked on the floor as Assistant Secretary for Republican Leaders Frist and McConnell.