New speaker joins 2016 Landon Lecture lineup; learn how to become a Landon patron 

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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)

Luis 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.

Solís will 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.

Other 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 and The First American, which were both finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. 

• Husband and wife political pundits John Avlon and Margaret Hoover, 7 p.m. April 15, McCain Auditorium. Avlon is editor-in-chief of the popular political website The Daily Beast, a 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 Party

• 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. 

The Landon 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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