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 Women's Studies Advisory Board Dinner
Featuring Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker
"The Challenge of Change"
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Manhattan Country Club

Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker will be the speaker for the Women’s Studies Advisory Board dinner to be held Thursday, March 31st at the Manhattan Country Club.

In 1978, Nancy Landon Kassebaum became the first woman from the state of Kansas to be elected to the United States Senate, and only the second in the nation to be elected in her own right. The daughter of Kansas governor Alfred Landon, Kassebaum earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, and a master’s degree in diplomatic history from the University of Michigan. Kassebaum’s political career began with her election to the Maize school board. During her nineteen-year tenure as a U.S. senator, Kassebaum tended to take traditional Republican positions on the budget and defense. She also supported the Equal Rights Amendment, gun control, and a woman’s right to choose an abortion. Baker returned to her Kansas home after the death of her second husband, Senator Howard Baker.

The Women’s Studies Advisory Board consists of alumnae and local business, academic and community leaders, and was founded in 2009 to support the mission of the Women’s Studies Department. In spring 2011, after a successful fundraising campaign, the Board awarded the first annual Women’s Studies Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship for Academic Excellence to the outstanding junior Women’s Studies major. The board is currently fundraising to establish a new scholarship to be awarded to a Women’s Studies major with financial need. The board has also established the Women’s Studies Advisory Board Lecture Series to provide a venue for distinguished speakers to educate the campus and community about women’s achievements and challenges, and to provide examples of outstanding scholarship in Women’s Studies. Kassebaum Baker is the seventh speaker in the series.

This event is open to the public. Tickets are $50 ($40 for students), and can be purchased by calling Kim Garver at (785) 532-5738. The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30, followed by dinner and Kassebaum Baker’s talk, “The Challenge of Change,” at 6:30.