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The Landon Lecture Series

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Grant Hill, Coordinator

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Series Speakers

Since its inception in 1966, the Landon Lecture Series has welcomed hundreds of influential and inspirational individuals to its stage. From foreign heads of state to Fortune 500 company CEOs, Landon speakers have historically underscored current tones and cultural shifts felt around the globe.


David Beasley

Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme
Kansas' Legacy in Global Food Security

November 3, 2022


There were no Landon Lectures during this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 


Juan Manuel Santos

former President of Colombia and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
From Hawk to Dove

February 4, 2020


Alan Murray

CEO of Fortune
The Future of Facts: Searching for Truth in the 21st Century  

September 27, 2019
Michael Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State
In Defense of the American Rights Tradition  

September 6, 2019


Sonny Perdue

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Leave It Better Than You Found It: Lessons in Public Service I Learned on the Farm

November 1, 2018
Jerry Moran

U.S. Senator, Kansas
Answering the Call: Serving a Global Society Post 9/11

September 11, 2018
Joyce Banda

former president of Malawi
America's Role in Promoting Gender Equality and Development Worldwide: Lessons from Africa

January 29, 2018


Martin Baron

Executive editor for the Washington Post

April 6, 2017


Dr. Temple Grandin

Author, world-renowned autism spokesperson, consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior and professor of animal science at Colorado State University
Successful Education of Students with Different Kinds of Minds

November 29, 2016
Navy Adm. Cecil Haney

Outgoing commander of the U.S. Strategic Command

October 21, 2016
Higher Education Panel of Kansas State University Alumni
Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., David Hall and Bud Peterson

Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; president of the University of the Virgin Islands; and president of Georgia Institute of Technology

September 26, 2016
Wes Bush

CEO of Northrop Grumman

September 6, 2016
Luis Guillermo Solís

President of Costa Rica

May 19, 2016
Dr. Mehmood Khan

PepsiCo vice chairman and chief scientific officer, global research and development
Choose Both

April 25, 2016
John Avlon and Margaret Hoover

Political pundits

April 15, 2016
H.W. Brands
Historian, author and the Jack S. Blanton Sr. chair in history at the University of Texas, Austin
Reagan brought parties together

April 7, 2016


Jeh Johnson

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
The New Realities of Homeland Security

May 27, 2015
Steve Forbes
Chairman and Editor in Chief of Forbes Media
Remarks About the U.S. and the Global Economy

March 9, 2015


Thomas Donilon
Former National Security Adviser to President Barack Obama
A Morning with Thomas Donilon
April 15, 2014
John Skipper, Bob Bowlsby, DeLoss Dodds and Kirk Schulz
ESPN Inc. President; Big 12 Commissioner; Former University of Texas Athletics Director; and President of Kansas State University
Experts on College Athletics
April 2, 2014


Mike Johanns, Ann Veneman, Dan Glickman, Ed Schafer, Mike Espy and John Block
Six Former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture
A Conversation with the Secretaries
Oct. 21, 2013
Michael Oren
Israeli Ambassador
Israel, the Ultimate Ally
Jan. 29, 2013


Martin Dempsey
U.S. Army General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Image of a Veteran
Oct. 1, 2012
Tom Vilsack
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Why America Needs Agriculture
April 10, 2012


Alan K. Simpson
Former U.S. Senator, Wyoming
Shared Sacrifice and Going Broke
Oct. 26, 2011
Sonia Sotomayor
Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
Jan. 27, 2011


Kathleen Sebelius
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
Health Care in Transition — A New Era
Nov. 29, 2010
Michael G. Mullen
U.S. Navy Admiral and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
The Nature of War Today
March 3, 2010
Dennis C. Blair
Director of National Intelligence
The National Intelligence Community
Feb. 22, 2010


Sheila C. Bair
Chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
The Financial Crisis: How Did It Happen and What to do About It
Nov. 2, 2009
David Petraeus
U.S. Army General and Commander of the U.S. Central Command
Counterinsurgency Approaches in Iraq and Afghanistan
April 27, 2009


Vicente Fox
Former President of Mexico
U.S. and Mexico: My Hope for a Prosperous Future
Sept. 23, 2008
Michael Hayden
U.S. Air Force General and Director of Central Intelligence Agency
The CIA and Global Trends in the 21st Century
April 30, 2008
H.E. Zhou Wenzhong
Chinese Ambassador
The Current State of U.S.-China Relations
Feb. 11, 2008


Robert Gates
U.S. Secretary of Defense
National Power: Soft Power and Hard Power
Nov. 26, 2007
Bill Clinton
Former U.S. President
New Challenges in International Relations II
March 2, 2007
Prince Turki Al-Faisal
Outgoing Saudi Ambassador to the U.S.
New Challenges in International Relations
Jan. 26, 2007


Donald Rumsfeld
U.S. Secretary of Defense
A Time of Peril
Nov. 9, 2006
John Hofmeister
President of Shell Oil Co.
The Energy Situation Today and in the Future
Sept. 8, 2006
Lech Walesa
Former President of Poland and a Trade Union Activist
My Perspectives on the History of Poland and its Role in Creating the Modern World
April 13, 2006
Sam Brownback
U.S. Senator, Kansas
American Exceptionalism
Feb. 22, 2006
George W. Bush
U.S. President
Presidential Decision-making
Jan. 23, 2006


Ted Turner
Co-founder of CNN and Other Major Cable Network Channels and World-renowned Philanthropist
The Future of the World as I See It
Nov. 28, 2005
Mikhail Gorbachev
Former President of the U.S.S.R.
Russia and the New World Order
Oct. 28, 2005
Ryozo Kato
Japanese Ambassador to the U.S.
Sharing a Global Mission
Oct. 18, 2005
Brian Williams
Anchor and Managing Editor of "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams"
Reflections on the Power of Television and Modern Life
May 3, 2005
Jim Lehrer
Executive Editor and Anchor of "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS
Politics and the Discourse Deficit
April 4, 2005
Lee Hamilton
Vice Chair of the 9-11 Commission
Security in America After 9-11
March 29, 2005


Bill Schneider
Senior Political Analyst at CNN
Political Analysis of the 2004 Presidential Election
Nov. 16, 2004
Arthur Sulzberger Jr.
Publisher of The New York Times
The Problem with Modern Political Discourse
Sept. 13, 2004
Tom Daschle
U.S. Senator, South Dakota, and U.S. Senate Minority Leader
Can We Talk? Free Speech and Civil Discourse in Turbulent Times
May 10, 2004
Pat Roberts
U.S. Senator, Kansas
Reforming the Intelligence Community in the Age of Global Terrorism
May 3, 2004
Robert Mueller
Director of the FBI
The FBI: Changing to Meet Today's Challenges
April 13, 2004


Paul Harvey
Radio Newsman
A Message of Freedom with Responsibility
Sept. 19, 2003
Ashleigh Banfield
MSNBC Anchor
TV Cable News and War Coverage
April 24, 2003
Michael Beschloss
Presidential Historian
Hindsight vs. Real Time: Assessing the Actions of the Presidency
March 6, 2003
Chuck Hagel
U.S. Senator, Nebraska
America's Purpose in the World
Feb. 20, 2003


Gale Norton
U.S. Secretary of the Interior
The New Environmentalism and Creating Citizen Conservationists
May 6, 2002
J.C. Watts Jr.
U.S. Representative, Oklahoma
Sustaining the Greatness of America
April 26, 2002
David McCullough
Pulitzer Prize-winning Author
The Founders: The Greatest Generation
Feb. 1, 2002


David Gergen
Editor-at-large of U.S. News and World Report
Sept. 11 is a New Call to Public Service
Nov. 2, 2001
Dr. David Satcher
U.S. Surgeon General
A Prescription for the American People
Sept. 20, 2001
Ernesto Zedillo
Former President of Mexico
More, Not Less, Globalization is the Answer
May 3, 2001
Stephen Ambrose
Historian and Author
Eisenhower: A Great and Good Man
April 19, 2001


Donna E. Shalala
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
The Five Challenges of Supporting Health Care: A Vision for the Highest and the Common Good
Nov. 17, 2000
Richard B. Myers
U.S. Air Force General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Why We Serve
April 26, 2000
Bob Woodward
Investigative Journalist
A Little Honest Communication: Four Questions About Politics and the Media
March 29, 2000


Henry Hyde
U.S. Representative, Illinois
Defining and Understanding Culture and Politics
Dec. 1, 1999
Cokie Roberts
Political Analyst for ABC News
Presidential Campaign Politics, the Gender Gap, and the Power Split Between Congress and the Presidency
Nov. 8, 1999
John McCain
U.S. Senator, Arizona
Building a Better America
March 15, 1999
Howard Baker
Former U.S. Senator, Tennessee
Our Remarkable System of Government: Its Future in an Uncertain World
March 9, 1999


There were no Landon Lectures during this year.


Sam Donaldson
ABC News Veteran
The State of Television News Today
Nov. 21, 1997
Phil Gramm
U.S. Senator, Texas
How to Reform Medicare and Social Security
Oct. 17, 1997
William S. Cohen
U.S. Secretary of Defense
Staying the Course: Our Legacy and Our Destiny
Sept. 12, 1997
Doris Kearns Goodwin
1995 Pulitzer Prize Winner in History
The Past in All its Beauty, Sorrow, Glory
April 22, 1997


Marlin Fitzwater
Former Press Secretary to Presidents Reagan and Bush
Surfing the Tidal Wave: Changes in the Practice of Journalism
Nov. 21, 1996
Nancy Landon Kassebaum
U.S. Senator, Kansas
The Intersection of Hope and Doubt
Sept. 9, 1996
Henry Kissinger
Former U.S. Secretary of State
Different Histories, Different Conceptions: The New World and Our Role in International Relations
April 29, 1996
Wojciech Jaruzelski
Former President of Poland
Moving Poland Toward Democracy
March 11, 1996
Harold Varmus
Director of the National Institutes of Health
Gene Research: A Biological Frontier
Feb. 5, 1996


Janet Reno
U.S. Attorney General
Our Children, Our Communities
Oct. 24, 1995
Dan Glickman
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Securing Our Place in the Global Economy
Sept. 8, 1995
William Raspberry
Urban Affairs Columnist for The Washington Post
A Crisis of Community
April 13, 1995
William Perry
U.S. Secretary of Defense
The Consequences and Choices of Alternative Security Policies in Bosnia
March 9, 1995
H. Ross Perot
Former Presidential Candidate and Businessman
Career Advice for the 21st Century
Jan. 24, 1995


Mike Espy
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Promises Made, Promises Kept
Feb. 3, 1994


The Rev. Jesse Jackson
Civil Rights Leader and Activist
Trapped in the Trade Winds of Our Times: Violence and Crime in America
Nov. 29, 1993
Pat Robertson
Founder of Christian Broadcast Network
The Turning Tide
Oct. 12, 1993
Robert Strauss
Former U.S. Ambassador to Soviet Union
Participating in the Promise of Spring in Russia
May 5, 1993


Bernard Shaw
CNN Principal Washington Anchor
An Uneven Playing Field in America
Nov. 20, 1992
Lynne Cheney
Director of National Endowment for the Humanities
Let's Get Back to Teaching Truths
Oct. 30, 1992
Lamar Alexander
U.S. Secretary of Education
Education in Transition
Oct. 7, 1992
Violeta Chamorro
President of Nicaragua
Changing the State of History in Nicaragua
April 8, 1992


Lawrence Douglas Wilder
Governor of Virginia
The Need for Change
Oct. 30, 1991
David L. Boren
U.S. Senator, Oklahoma
The Next Century: Is America Ready for It?
Oct. 14, 1991
Jimmy Carter
Former U.S. President
Life After the White House: Global Issues and the Middle East
April 26, 1991
Bill Bradley
U.S. Senator, New Jersey
The New World Challenges America Faces
April 15, 1991


Richard H. Truly
Vice Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Former Astronaut and Current NASA Administrator
The Exploration of Space
Dec. 12, 1990
Elizabeth Dole
U.S. Secretary of Labor
Reflections on the State of the American Workforce
Oct. 31, 1990
Abba Eban
Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations and U.S.
Prospects for Peace in the Middle East
Jan. 29, 1990


Colin Powell
U.S. Army General and Commander in Chief at Forces Command
Is the Future What It Used to Be?
Nov. 8, 1989
Clayton Yeutter
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Get Sophisticated in Your Education
Oct. 3, 1989


Sandra Day O'Connor
Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
Establishing Justice
 Feb. 16, 1988   
Vernon Walters
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Successes of the United Nations
Nov. 11, 1988                
Barbara Tuchman
Historian and Author
Where Are the Progressive Republicans
Sept. 8, 1988
Jim Wright
U.S. Representative, Texas, and Speaker of the U.S. House
Mediocrity is Not Our Destiny
April 25, 1988


Oscar Arias Sanchez
President of Costa Rica
History is Ours to Write
Sept. 21, 1987
Nancy Landon Kassebaum
U.S. Senator, Kansas
The Challenge of Change
Sept. 9, 1987
Franco Modigliani
Nobel Prize-winning Economist
What We Have Learned from the Reagan Economic Experience
April 21, 1987
George F. Will
ABC News Personality and Columnist
The Right to Pay Taxes
April 15, 1987


William J. Bennett
U.S. Secretary of Education
Once More: A Plea for History
Sept. 9, 1986
George P. Shultz
U.S. Secretary of State
Moral Principles and Strategic Interests: The Worldwide Movement Toward Democracy
April 14, 1986
Tom Brokaw
NBC News Anchor
Television News in a Changing World
March 24, 1986


George H.W. Bush
U.S. Vice President
Looking Forward to the Summit Conference
Sept. 9, 1985
Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr.
U.S. Representative, Massachusetts, and Speaker of the U.S. House
Half a Century of American Achievement
April 22, 1985
Bob Dole
U.S. Senator, Kansas
The Dream of America
March 25, 1985


Lesley Stahl
CBS White House Correspondent
The Press and the President
Nov. 29, 1984
Jose Napoleon Duarte
President of El Salvador
The Democratic Process in El Salvador: The Meeting at La Palma
Nov. 2, 1984
Caspar Weinberger
U.S. Secretary of Defense
Arms Reduction and the SDI
Sept. 27, 1984
Tom Bradley
Mayor of Los Angeles
There Are No Impossible Dreams for Possibility Thinkers
April 16, 1984
Hodding Carter III
Anchorman and Chief Correspondent, PBS' "Inside Story"
Whose News Is It?
April 6, 1984
Patricia Schroeder
U.S. Representative, Colorado
Great Expectations: From Abigail Adams to the White House
March 19, 1984
Edward M. Kennedy
U.S. Senator, Massachusetts
The Changing Relationship Between Politics and Public Policy
Jan. 30, 1984


Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani
Saudi Arabian Minister of Oil
Control and Decontrol in the Oil Market
March 28, 1983


Charles Kuralt
CBS News Correspondent
America: The Long View
Nov. 22, 1982
Ronald Reagan
U.S. President
Rebuilding America
Sept. 9, 1982
Mark Hatfield
U.S. Senator, Oregon
Foreign Policy in a Transition Era
April 26, 1982


John R. Block
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Clearing the Road for Tomorrow
Oct. 30, 1981
Sir Harold Wilson
Former British prime minister
Western World: Economic Crisis
Sept. 30, 1981
Paul A. Volcker
Federal Reserve Chairman
Dealing with Inflation: Obstacles and Opportunities
April 15, 1981
George Gallup Jr.
President of the Gallup Poll
The Mood of America
Feb. 11, 1981


Edmund S. Muskie
U.S. Secretary of State
Longer-term Issues
Dec. 4, 1980
James R. Schlesinger
Former U.S. Secretary of Energy
American Security and Energy Policy
April 28, 1980
Hugh Sidey
Time Magazine Political and White House Correspondent
Power and the Media
March 27, 1980
John Connally
Governor of Texas
America in the '80s
March 20, 1980
Barry Goldwater
U.S. Senator, Arizona
The World Today
Feb. 25, 1980


Walter F. Mondale
U.S. Vice President
SALT II: An American Decision
July 17, 1979
Shirley Temple Black
Movie Star and U.S. Ambassador
It's All Perceptions Now
April 10, 1979
Norman Borlaug
Agriculture Scientist
Civilization Will Depend More Upon Flourishing Crops Than on Flowery Rhetoric
March 20, 1979
Howard Baker
U.S. Senator, Tennessee
Toward a New Republic
March 8, 1979


Charles Collingwood
CBS News Correspondent
Reflections on Power (and Influence)
Nov. 3, 1978
Milton Friedman
Nobel Prize-winning Economist
Free Trade: Producer versus Consumer
April 27, 1978
Gerald R. Ford
Former U.S. President
The War Powers Resolution
Feb. 20, 1978
Malcolm S. Forbes
President and Editor, Forbes Magazine
Where We're At and Where We're Headed
Jan. 24, 1978


David Broder
Political Analyst and Pulitzer Prize Winner
American Politics in the Carter Era
Dec. 9, 1977
Bob Bergland
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Toward a National Food Policy
Sept. 9, 1977
Mike Mansfield
Former U.S. Senator, Montana, and U.S. Senate Majority Leader
Best of Times, Worst of Times
April 12, 1977
Charles H. Percy
U.S. Senator, Illinois
Does the United States Have a Responsibility to Feed the World?
March 4, 1977


Thomas F. Eagleton
U.S. Senator, Missouri
1977: Year of Opportunity in the Middle East?
Dec. 8, 1976
Carl T. Rowan
What Jimmy Carter's Election Will Mean
Nov. 18, 1976
Charles McCurdy Mathias Jr.
U.S. Senator, Maryland
The Alternatives to Detente
April 27, 1976
Henry M. Jackson
U.S. Senator, Washington
America and Freedom's Future
Jan. 21, 1976


Daniel Patrick Moynihan
U.S. Ambassador to India
The World in the Year Ahead
May 6, 1975
William E. Simon
U.S. Secretary of Treasury
Restoring Our Prosperity
March 18, 1975
William Fulbright
Former U.S. Senator, Arkansas
Energy and the Middle East: Interests and Illusions
Feb. 13, 1975


Walter H. Heller
Regents Professor of Economics at University of Minnesota
The Energy Crisis and the Economy
March. 19, 1974
The Rev. Billy Graham
The Divine Answer to the National Dilemma

March 4, 1974
Anne Armstrong
Presidential Counselor
Crisis and Challenge
Feb. 12, 1974


William F. Buckley
Author, Editor and Lecturer
The Assault on the Free Market
Nov. 2, 1973
Alexander M. Haig
U.S. Army General and Vice Chief of Staff
A Strategic Overview
April 24, 1973
Alan Shepard
U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and U.S. Astronaut
How Do We Stand in Space?
April 3, 1973


Dan Rather
CBS White House Correspondent
Reporter's Notes
Nov. 16, 1972
Earl L. Butz
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
The Future Belongs to Those Who Prepare For It
May 4, 1972
William D. Ruckelshaus
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
The Crisis of Trust and the Environmental Movement
April 12, 1972
Elliot Richardson
U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare
Human Needs and Government: A Realistic Assessment
Jan. 24, 1972


Leonard Woodcock
President of the United Auto Workers
The Economic Game Plan
Oct. 19, 1971
John Kenneth Galbraith
Foreign Policy: The Next Reform
May 6, 1971
Hugh Scott
U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania
Implications of Foreign Policy
April 26, 1971


Earl Warren
Former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
The Alternative is Chaos
Oct. 21, 1970
Richard M. Nixon
U.S. President
It's Time to Stand Up and Be Counted
Sept. 16, 1970
Walter J. Hickel
U.S. Secretary of Interior
Be Part of the Solution, Not Part of the Problem
April 6, 1970
The Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Archbishop of the Titular See of Newport (Wales)
Three Forms of Love
March 16, 1970
Hubert H. Humphrey
Former U.S. Vice President
How We Can Make Our Government Work
Jan. 9, 1970


Edward W. Brooke
U.S. Senator, Massachusetts
National Security: Dollars, Demands and Dilemmas
Oct. 6, 1969
Gen. W.C. Westmoreland
U.S. Army Chief of Staff
The Role of the U.S. Army in Today's World
April 9, 1969
Mike Mansfield
U.S. Senator, Montana, and U.S. Senate Majority Leader
A Pacific Perspective
March 10, 1969


Arthur Schlesinger
Former Presidential Adviser
The 1968 Election: A Historical Perspective
Nov. 14, 1968
Nelson A. Rockefeller
Governor of New York
Our Country's Problems, Solutions
May 9, 1968
Robert F. Kennedy
U.S. Senator, New York
Conflict in Vietnam and at Home

March 18, 1968


George Romney
Governor of Michigan
The Challenge of International Development
Dec. 6, 1967
Ronald Reagan
Governor of California
Higher Education: Its Role in Contemporary America
Oct. 26, 1967
Ralph McGill
Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Publisher
The Emerging South: Politics and Issues
May 17, 1967


Alfred M. Landon
Former Governor of Kansas and Former Presidential Candidate
New Challenges in International Relations
Dec. 13, 1966