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Lecturers make a difference

 MLK at K-State

Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at Kansas State University's Ahearn Field House in 1968. Photo credit: University Archives

(January 2013)

This month, Kansas State University celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and contributions, but you may not know King’s connection to K-State. On January 19, 1968, King spoke to a crowd of more than 7,000 in Ahearn Field House on the Manhattan campus.

King is just one of a long list of notable figures who have visited K-State as a lecturer. World-renowned heads of state, journalists, cabinet members and other prominent figures and great thinkers regularly deliver guest lectures on campus. In fact, presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Clinton have all delivered lectures here.

The ability to attract great speakers to our campus is important to having a vibrant campus community. Gifts to the President’s Excellence Fund allow the university to host visiting dignitaries and lecturers. And patrons of the Alfred M. Landon Lecture Series on Public Issues, Dorothy L. Thompson Civil Rights Lectures, Lou Douglas Lectures and Vernon Larson International Luncheon Series help bring today’s brightest minds to campus.

How you can help

You can help bring future lecturers to campus by making an online gift to the President’s Excellence Fund, or by becoming a patron of one of the following lecture series:

Alfred M. Landon Lecture Series on Public Issues
Dorothy L. Thompson Civil Rights Lectures
Lou Douglas Lectures
Vernon Larson International Luncheon Series

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