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|Luis Guillermo Solís, the
president of Costa Rica, has joined the list of speakers for Kansas State
University’s prestigious Landon Lecture Series. (Photo: K-State
Communications and Marketing)|
Guillermo Solís, the president of Costa Rica, has joined the list of speakers
for Kansas State University’s prestigious Landon Lecture Series. Elected
president of Costa Rica in 2014, Solís has a long background in education and
politics. His political experience includes serving as an official of Costa
Rica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as ambassador for Central American
affairs and director of foreign policy. He also has served as the coordinator of
Florida International University’s Center for the Administration of Justice and
a researcher for the Latin American and Caribbean Center.
speak at 5:30 p.m. May 19 in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. He joins a
list of four other previously announced speakers in the 2016 Landon Lecture
Series. Inaugurated in 1966 by former K-State President James A. McCain, the
lecture series is a tribute to the late Alfred M. Landon, a former Kansas
governor and distinguished political leader. Speakers have included current and
former U.S. presidents, world leaders, Supreme Court justices, CEOs and many
other prominent figures. All lectures are open to the public.
upcoming lectures include:
• Historian and author H.W.
Brands, 4:30 p.m. April 7, McCain Auditorium.
Brands writes about
American history and politics and is the Jack S. Blanton Sr. chair in history at
the University of Texas, Austin. His books include Traitor to His Class: The
Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The First American
, which were both finalists for the Pulitzer
• Husband and wife political pundits John Avlon
and Margaret Hoover, 7 p.m. April 15, McCain Auditorium.
editor-in-chief of the popular political website The Daily Beast
senior columnist for Newsweek
and a CNN contributor. Hoover is a CNN
political contributor and author of the book American Individualism: How A
New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican
• PepsiCo vice chairman and chief
scientific officer, global research and development, Dr. Mehmood Khan, 10:30
a.m. April 25, McCain Auditorium.
Khan oversees PepsiCo’s global
“Performance with Purpose” initiatives to enhance environmental, human and
talent sustainability for the company, which has 22 different brands that
generate $1 billion each in estimated annual sales.
Lecture Series is sponsored by more than 100 patrons, who help make this
educational program possible. Each patron receives a ticket to a special
reserved section in the auditorium and a luncheon ticket, as well as a printed
copy of each lecture. Regular patron memberships are $325 ($275 tax deductible).
Premier patron memberships are $375 ($325 tax deductible), and include reserved
seating at the patrons luncheon.
To become a Landon Lecture patron, print out and mail the application
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