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K-State Today

January 25, 2016

Deadline for K-State Distinguished Lecturers Series proposals is approaching

Submitted by Bill Zhang

The K-State Distinguished Lecturers Committee invites proposals to bring visitors to speak at K-State via a highly visible platform. Visiting speakers are expected to be persons with significance in their field of specialties, and may be prominent researchers and scholars or distinguished public officials.

The Office of the Provost has provided funding to support awards of up to $6,000 per lecture for the 2016 calendar year. These funds can be used to cover an honorarium, travel and lodging expenses for the speaker as well as other costs associated with publicizing the lecture. Matching funds are permitted to facilitate the event, but not a requirement of consideration from the K-State Distinguished Lecturers Committee.

All divisions and units of K-State are eligible to submit a proposal. The committee is looking for presentations with a reasonably wide scope of interest that crosses academic disciplines. Departments are encouraged to collaborate with other units to invite and sponsor a speaker.

Departments/units will be responsible for making all arrangements for the lecture and visit — including travel, lodging, processing honorarium, publicizing the event and securing the venue for the lecture.

Proposals must include the following:
1. Topic of the proposed lecture and intended audiences.
2. Statement of significance of the proposed lecture to the sponsoring units and the campus community.
3. Curriculum Vitae or background history of the proposed lecturer.
4. Itemized budget that includes expenditures for publicity, travel/lodging and honorarium; and revenue by source indicating the portion sought from K-State Distinguished Lecturers Committee and the portion pledged by sponsoring units.
5. Accompanying letter(s) of commitment from the unit(s).
6. Detailed publicity plan.

Lecture must be scheduled for either the spring 2016 or fall 2016 semesters. Priority will be given to proposals received by Feb. 1. Proposals received after that date may be considered to the extent funds remain available.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to the committee chair, Bill Zhang, at billz@ksu.edu, and copied to Craig Bourne, at cbourne@ksu.edu. For further information, please contact Zhang.