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K-State Distinguished Lecturers Series

The K-State Distinguished Lecturers Series provides a highly visible platform for prominent visiting researchers and scholars, and distinguished public intellectuals. The committee reports to the Provost and solicits written proposals from departments or units. Preference will be given to cooperative proposals representing several departments or units and which involve matching funds. 

2017 Lecture Series

Dr. Kenneth Schultz, Department of Political Science at Stanford University and Fellow of the Center for Security and International Cooperation
Party Polarization and U.S. Foreign Policy

October 13, 2017, 12:30 pm, Town Hall of the Leadership Studies Building

Kenneth A. Schultz is a professor of political science at Stanford University. His research examines international conflict and conflict resolution, with a particular focus on the domestic political influences on foreign policy choices. He is the author of Democracy and Coercive Diplomacy and World Politics: Interests, Interactions, and Institutions (with David Lake and Jeffry Frieden), as well as numerous articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. He was the recipient of the 2003 Karl Deutsch Award, given by the International Studies Association, and a 2011 Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, awarded by Stanford's School of Humanities and Sciences. He received his PhD in political science from Stanford University.

Dr. Everette E. Dennis, Dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar
Global Media in the Digital Age

September 7, 2017, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, McVay Family Town Hall, 114 Leadership Studies Building

The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications is pleased to announce that a former director of the school, Everette Dennis, has been selected as a Kansas State University Distinguished Lecturer. The Department of Communication Studies is co-sponsoring the lecture. Dennis is Dean and Chief Executive Officer at Northwestern University in Qatar. He recently was named to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and will be inducted this fall. Dennis is professor of journalism and media management in the Medill School of Journalism and holds a joint appointment in Communication Studies.

Dr. Graham Townsley, Film Director
A Necessary Art:  Narrative and Reality in Documentary

April 12, 2017, 3:00 pm, Hale Library, Hemisphere Room

We are entering a new era of grand narratives and high ideology, which makes understanding narrative so important and documentary a necessary art. Please plan to attend this University Distinguished Lecture from Dr. Graham Townsley, executive producer of Shining Red Productions and film producer for "E.O. Wilson - Of Ants and Men" (2015). A meet and greet reception kicks off this event at 3 p.m., followed by Dr. Townsley's lecture beginning at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Please also note that a showing of the film "E.O. Wilson - Of Ants and Men" will take place during the Engagement Symposium on Tuesday, April 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room of the K-State Student Union.