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August 26, 2016



Vernon Larson Lecture on Monday, Aug. 29, to celebrate 60 years of international agriculture at K-State

By Mary K. Pyle

Join the Office of International Programs for the first Vernon Larson Lecture of the fall semester from 3-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall. 

• Steven Graham, assistant to the dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension, will present "Celebrating 60 Years of International Agriculture at K-State."

• Meet the Linnea and Rebekah Allen, daughter and granddaughter of Vernon Larson and hear their experiences of living abroad as a family. 

• The K-State African Dance Ensemble, K-State students and faculty, will open the lecture with an excerpt from a West African social dance, Kpanlogo or "pahn-logo," a dance used for celebration and recreation in Accra, Ghana.

The lecture is free and open to the public. 

The Vernon Larson International Luncheon Series was started in 1979 by Vernon Larson, then director of international agriculture programs at K-State. He built K-State's International Agriculture Programs through projects in Nigeria, India, the Philippines and elsewhere throughout the world. Once K-State's Office of International Programs was created, he led it through many years of successful growth and expansion. 

The series is presented by the Office of International Programs and includes approximately three lectures each semester. The lecture series offers the K-State community a chance to hear from individuals who have recently participated in a global activity or who are engaged in major international initiatives.