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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. 

Lecture Series Suspended for 2021-2022 Academic Year

2018 Call for Proposals


 PDLS Lecture     PDLS-2

K-State Distinguished Lecturers Series Awardees


-        Speaker Dr. Gary Urton, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies at Harvard University, sponsored by Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work, April 25, 2019

-        Speaker Pete Souza, former White House photographer, author, and K-State alumnus, in conjunction with the “Pete Souza: Two Presidents, One Photographer” exhibition at the Beach Museum of Art, March 5, 2019

-        Speaker Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy, Department of Computer Science, Speed School of Engineering, of the University of Louisville, sponsored by Department of Computer Science, February 22, 2019


-        Speaker Dr. Graham Townsley, National Geographic Film Director, sponsored by Center for Engagement and Community Development

-        Speaker Dr. Everette E. Dennis, Dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar, sponsored by Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and Department of Communication Studies

-        Speaker Dr. Kenneth Schultz, Department of Political Science at Stanford University and Fellow of the Center for Security and International Cooperation, sponsored by Department of Political Science


-        Speaker Dr. Haroon K. Ullah, Senior Adviser of the US for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the US Department of State, sponsored by Architecture Planning and Design

-        Speaker Prof. Stuart Reid, Principal (Dean) of the University of Royal London Veterinary College, sponsored by Veterinary Medicine CORE & GSA


-        Speaker Barbara Rolls, sponsored by Department of Human Nutrition


-        Speaker Billy Collins, sponsored by Department of English

-        Pogge lecture, sponsored by Department of Philosophy

-        Speaker Dennis Bushnell (NASA), sponsored by K-State Salina

-        Speaker John T. Yates, sponsored by Department of Chemistry


-        Jayne Drake Lecture, sponsored by College of Education

-        David Oakey Lecture, sponsored by ATID


-        Speaker James Heckman, sponsored by College of Human Ecology

-        Speaker Dr. Benjamin Barger, sponsored by CECD

-        Speaker Charles Castleman, sponsored by Department of Music