Vernon Larson Lectures
The Vernon Larson International Luncheon Series was started in 1979 by Larson, then director of international agriculture programs at K-State. The series includes six lectures each school year and offers the K-State community a chance to hear presentations from individuals who have recently participated in extensive overseas activity or who are involved in major international activities.
The events are FREE and No reservations are required.
November 5th @ 4:30pm in the K-State Union: Room 206
"Russia, Gay Rights, and the Sochi Olympics" by Dr. David Stone
Dr. David Stone has taught in the History Department at Kansas State University since 1999 and specializes in the history of Russia and the Soviet Union. In addition to having received his Ph.D from Yale University in 1997, Dr. Stone has written several books on Russian history and will discuss how gay rights and the Sochi Olympics fit into its storied past.
Russia has been in the news in recent months because of its anti-homosexual legislation and the resulting calls in the West for an Olympic boycott. Professor David R. Stone, who teaches Russian history at Kansas State and has written several books on the subject, will discuss the Olympics, gay rights, and how those fit both into a larger context of Russian history and the particular politics of Vladimir Putin's Russia today. Stone will suggest that the two sides are largely talking past each other: Western voices describe the issue as one of individual rights: the ability of individuals to determine how they will live their lives. In Russia, by contrast, the issue is looked at in cultural and national terms rather than individual terms. Russian opinion generally regards the West as hypocritically and unilaterally imposing its own values on other societies. Ironically, Russian civil society has raised many concerns about the Sochi Olympics, but those have received far less attention in the West.
October 8th @ 4:30pm in the K-State Union Little Theater
"Youth Leadership and Engagement in Kenya: The Garden of H.O.P.E. Story" by Dr. Middendorf and Paul Hargrove
The annual meeting is held each Spring is open to all and includes a dinner, awards presentation, and guest speaker. Money raised from the event is used to provide funds for our sponsorships.