History of the Landon Lectures
The Alfred M. Landon Lecture Series is one of the most prestigious lecture series in U.S. colleges and universities. Instituted in 1966 by former K-State President James A. McCain, the series is a tribute to the late Alfred M. Landon, who served as governor of Kansas from 1933-1937. On Dec. 13, 1966, Governor Landon delivered the series' first lecture, "New Challenges in International Relations." Gov. Landon passed away on Oct. 12, 1987, shortly after his 100th birthday.
Up to five of the world's leading public figures appear on the Landon Lecture platform each academic year. Lectures are usually held in the university's McCain Auditorium, although some exceptions are made. Lectures are open to the public. Speakers who come to Kansas State University have included world-renowned politicians, journalists, cabinet members and other prominent figures involved in current public issues. Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Clinton have delivered Landon lectures.
A press conference is held following each lecture to give news media representatives the opportunity to question the lecturer. The Landon lecture series is sponsored by more than 100 patrons. Each patron receives a ticket to a special reserved section in the auditorium and a luncheon ticket, where they may hear brief comments from the lecturer, as well as receive a printed copy of each lecture. Become a patron of the Landon lecture series.
Landon lectures are frequently broadcast live by several Kansas television and radio stations and generally receive nationwide attention.