Upcoming Events:

Friends of International Programs Spring Banquet

Date:    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Time: 6:00 Social Hour, Silent Auction and Cash bar

            7:00 Program Remarks followed by dinner

            7:30 Presentation by Mary Tolar Ph.D. and Director of Leadership Studies

Mary along with her students from the service learning team that traveled and worked in Puebla, Mexico will sharetheir efforts from their experience in La Preciosita, near Puebla, Mexico.

            Place:   Holiday Inn at the Campus

            1641 Anderson Avenue, Manhattan KS 66502

Cost:   $35.00 ($10.00 is tax deductible)


Vernon Larson LecturesVernon

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.

2013-2014 Series  


February 5th @ 11:30am - 12:30pm Landon Room at the Holiday Inn at the Campus Kansas State University

linda biehl

"Personal Reflections on Nelson Mandela’s Legacy" 

Linda Biehl is the co-founder and director of the Amy Biehl Foundation in the U.S. and the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust in South Africa.  Linda’s relationship to South Africa and the genesis of these Foundations is grounded in the life and death of her daughter Amy.

Justice is central to Linda Biehl’s message of peace and reconciliation.  Following in the footsteps of Desmond Tutu, Linda Biehl and the Amy Biehl Foundation embrace restorative, rather than retributive justice.  At a personal level Linda Biehl embraced restorative justice by building a relationship with two of the youth convicted for the death of her daughter.  At a professional level Linda works in communities in South Africa as she continues to spread “Amy’s magic”.

Linda Biehl and the Amy Biehl Foundation have worked to fulfill three important rights in the South African Constitution:  the right to education, the right to equal employment, and the right to health. For Linda Biehl justice is more than rights written into an official document; justice is converting those rights into reality. written into an official document; justice is converting those rights into reality.

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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