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Hello. I am a lawyer in New York City. I am originally from Manhattan, Kansas and most of my contributions are related in some way to Kansas.

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I award you a Running Man Barnstar for all the contributions related to college football--CJC47 11:21, 15 July 2006 (UTC)

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The New York Times generally described the books of the "Romance" series as not a "very serious study" of history, but always a "picturesque treatment of an epoch." For example, the Times wrote of Champney's tales in Romance of the French Abbeys (1905), "some are tragic, some are humorous, but all are picturesque and are told with ingenuity and with a certain fidelity to the atmosphere and spirit to which they relate." The newspaper also praised the "great abundance of the excellent illustrations" in the books.

The namesake of the series, Alf Landon, on the cover of Time magazine, May 18, 1936

The Alfred M. Landon Lecture Series is a series of lectures on current public affairs, which is organized and hosted by Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. It is named after Kansas politician Alf Landon. The first lecture in the series was given by Landon on December 13, 1966.[1] The series has been described in the press as "prestigious"[1], while Eric Lichtblau noted in his 2008 book Bush's Law that the "Landon Lecture Series has provided an unlikely but powerful platform allowing world leaders, from Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev to Jimmy Carter and Henry Kissinger, to expound on the critical public issues of the day."[2]

Notable speeches[edit]

Seven of the nine men to serve as U.S. President since the series began in 1966 have delivered Landon lectures (excluding only Lyndon B. Johnson and Barack Obama).[1] George W. Bush (2006), Ronald Reagan (1982) and Richard Nixon (1970) delivered speeches during their tenure in office. Bill Clinton (2007), Jimmy Carter (1991) and Gerald Ford (1978) spoke after leaving office. George H. W. Bush delivered a Landon Lecture while serving as Vice President of the United States in 1985, before being elected to the Presidency. Before Reagan delivered his Landon Lecture as U.S. President in 1982, he previously spoke in the series in 1967, while Governor of California.

Other sitting U.S. federal officials to speak in the series include: Vice President Walter Mondale, Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, House Speakers Tip O'Neil and Jim Wright, Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Sonia Sotomayor, and Attorney General Janet Reno.[1] In addition, nine current or former foreign heads of state have also spoken in the series, including former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, and former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo.[1]

Robert F. Kennedy (1968)[edit]

U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy is one of twenty-two active U.S. Senators to deliver a lecture in the series (including also his brother Ted Kennedy in 1984). Kennedy's speech on March 18, 1968, stands out among the others because it was the first speech Kennedy delivered after announcing his much-anticipated candidacy for the U.S. presidency two days earlier. The speech was attended by a crowd of 14,500 people, and Kennedy used the opportunity to share anti-war views on the Vietnam War. Evan Thomas wrote in his biography of Kennedy that "the setting was ideal for a raucous campaign kickoff."[2] [NEWS ARTICLES] Kennedy was assassinated less than three months later, on June 6, 1968, after winning the California Democratic primary.

Gen. William Westmoreland (1969)[edit]

General William Westmoreland, a main target for student protests against the Vietnam War, spoke on April 9, 1969. The Lawrence alternative newspaper wrote afterwards: "The man himself came to speak to the students of Kansas State. Yes, General William Westmoreland decided to deliver his first college lecture since returning from Viet Nam here, and he could not have picked a better place. Kansas State students will be courteous at all times... The General was greeted by applause, by cheering, by approval."

Richard Nixon (1970)[edit]

U.S. President Richard Nixon spoke at the Landon Lecture Series on September 16, 1970. As student protestors gathered outside, Nixon delivered what the Christian Science Monitor called "one of the strongest and most uncompromising speeches of his career," denouncing the protests as part of a "cancerous disease" that is gripping the United States. Nixon asserted: "we face the greatest crisis in the history of American education today." [NEWS REPORTS] The complete speech was promptly rebroadcast on several network stations after Nixon supporters purchased air time.

Ian Smith (1980)[edit]

Former Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith was scheduled to deliver a Landon Lecture on October 31, 1981. The speech was disrupted by protestors objecting to apartheid and the denial of voting rights to blacks in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Due to the controversy, the speech was recategorized as a non-Landon Lecture and is not included in the history of the series.[3]

George W. Bush (2006)[edit]

On January 23, 2006, U.S. President George W. Bush spoke at the Landon Lecture while news reports were focusing attention on the U.S. government's warrantless wiretapping of telephone conversations in the United States. Bush gave the domestic wiretapping program the name of "Terrorist Surveillance Program" for the first time.[2][4] Before Bush's speech, NPR aired a piece comparing Bush's Landon Lecture speech to Nixon's appearance in the series in 1970, noting both were speaking "as public discontent with a foreign war persists."

Landon Lecture speakers[edit]

There have been ____ Landon Lectures, featuring ____ speakers.[1]

U.S. Presidents[edit]

  • Richard Nixon (1970)
  • Gerald Ford (1978) (not in office)
  • Ronald Reagan (1982)
  • Jimmy Carter (1991) (not in office)
  • George W. Bush (2006)
  • Bill Clinton (2007) (not in office)

Authors, economists and political theorists[edit]

  • Ralph McGill (1967)
  • Arthur Schlesinger (1968)
  • John Kenneth Galbraith (1971)
  • William F. Buckley (1973)
  • Walter H. Heller (1974)
  • David Broder (1977)
  • Milton Friedman (1978)
  • Franco Modigliani (1987)
  • Barbara Tuchman (1988)
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin (1997)
  • Stephen Ambrose (2001)
  • David McCullough (2002)
  • Michael Beschloss (2003)

Cabinet officials[edit]

  • Walter Hickel, Sec. of Interior (1970)
  • Earl Butz, Sec. of Agriculture (1972)
  • William Ruckelshaus, first EPA Administrator (1972)
  • Elliot Richardson, Sec. of Health, Education and Welfare (1972)
  • Anne Armstrong, Counselor to the President (1974)
  • William E. Simon, Sec. of Treasury (1975)
  • Bob Bergland, Sec. of Agriculture (1977)
  • Edmund Muskie, Sec. of State (1980)
  • James R. Schlesinger, Sec. of Energy (1980) (not in office)
  • John R. Block, Sec. of Agriculture (1981, 2013)
  • Caspar Weinberger, Sec. of Defense (1984)
  • William J. Bennett, Sec. of Education (1986)
  • George P. Shultz, Sec. of State (1986)
  • Clayton Yeutter, Sec. of Agriculture (1989)
  • Elizabeth Dole, Sec. of Labor (1990)
  • Lamar Alexander, Sec. of Education (1992)
  • Mike Espy, Sec. of Agriculture (1994, 2013)
  • William Perry, Sec. of Defense (1995)
  • Dan Glickman, Sec. of Agriculture (1995, 2013)
  • Janet Reno, Attorney General (1995)
  • Henry Kissinger, Sec. of State (1996) (not in office)
  • William S. Cohen, Sec. of Defense (1997)
  • Donna Shalala, Sec. of Health (2000)
  • Gale Norton, Sec. of Interior (2002)
  • Donald Rumsfeld, Sec. of Defense (2006)
  • Robert Gates, Sec. of Defense (2007)
  • Kathleen Sebelius, Sec. of Health (2010)
  • Tom Vilsack, Sec. of Agriculture (2012)
  • Mike Johanns, Sec. of Agriculture (2013) (not in office)
  • Ann Veneman, Sec. of Agriculture (2013) (not in office)
  • Ed Schafer, Sec. of Agriculture (2013) (not in office)

Members of Congress[edit]

  • Rep. Patricia Schroeder (1984)
  • Speaker Tip O'Neil (1985)
  • Speaker Jim Wright (1988)
  • Rep. Henry Hyde (1999)
  • Rep. J.C. Watts (2002)


  • Ambassador Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1975)
  • Ambassador Shirley Temple Black (1979)
  • Vernon Walters, U.N. Ambassador (1988)

Financial figures[edit]

  • Paul Volcker, Federal Reserve Chairman (1981)
  • Sheila C. Bair, FDIC Chairman (2009)


  • Alf Landon (1966) (not in office)
  • George Romney (1967)
  • Ronald Reagan (1967)
  • Nelson Rockefeller (1968)
  • John Connally (1980)
  • Douglas Wilder (1991)

Health and sciences[edit]

  • Dr. Norman Borlaug (1979)
  • Richard Truly, NASA Administrator (1990)
  • Dr. Harold Varmus, Director of NIH (1996)
  • Dr. David Satcher, U.S. Surgeon General (2001)

Media figures[edit]

  • Dan Rather (1972)
  • Carl T. Rowan (1975)
  • Charles Collingwood (1978)
  • Malcolm Forbes (1978)
  • Hugh Sidey (1980)
  • George Gallup (1981)
  • Charles Kuralt (1982)
  • Lesley Stahl (1984)
  • Hodding Carter III (1984)
  • Tom Brokaw (1986)
  • George F. Will (1987)
  • Bernard Shaw (1992)
  • William Raspberry (1995)
  • Sam Donaldson (1997)
  • Cokie Roberts (1999)
  • Bob Woodward (2000)
  • David Gergen (2001)
  • Ashleigh Banfield (2003)
  • Paul Harvey (2003)
  • Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. (2004)
  • Bill Schneider (2004)
  • Jim Lehrer (2005)
  • Brian Williams (2005)
  • Ted Turner (2005)

Military and intelligence[edit]

  • Gen. William Westmoreland (1969)
  • Gen. Alexander Haig (1973)
  • Gen. Colin Powell (1989)
  • Gen. Richard B. Myers (2000)
  • Robert Mueller, FBI Director (2004)
  • Lee Hamilton (2005)
  • Gen. Michael Hayden, CIA Director (2008)
  • Gen. David Petraeus (2009)
  • Dennis C. Blair, National Intelligence Director (2010)
  • Adm. Michael G. Mullen (2010)
  • Gen. Martin Dempsey (2012)
  • Thomas Donilon, former National Security Adviser (2014)

Religious figures[edit]

  • Rev. Fulton Sheen (1970)
  • Rev. Billy Graham (1974)
  • Pat Robertson (1993)

U.S. Senators[edit]

  • Robert F. Kennedy (1968)
  • Edward Brooke (1969)
  • Mike Mansfield (1969, 1977)
  • Hugh Scott (1971)
  • William Fulbright (1975) (not in office)
  • Thomas Eagleton (1976)
  • Charles McCurdy Mathias (1976)
  • Henry M. Jackson (1976)
  • Charles H. Percy (1977)
  • Howard Baker (1979)
  • Barry Goldwater (1980)
  • Mark Hatfield (1982)
  • Ted Kennedy (1984)
  • Bob Dole (1985)
  • Nancy Landon Kassebaum (1987, 1996)
  • David Boren (1991)
  • Bill Bradley (1991)
  • Phil Gramm (1997)
  • John McCain (1999)
  • Howard Baker (1999) (not in office)
  • Chuck Hagel (2003)
  • Pat Roberts (2004)
  • Tom Daschle (2004)
  • Sam Brownback (2006)
  • Alan K. Simpson (2011) (not in office)

U.S. Supreme Court Justices[edit]

  • Chief Justice Earl Warren (1970) (Ret.)
  • Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (1988)
  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor (2011)

Vice Presidents[edit]

  • Hubert H. Humphrey (1970) (not in office)
  • Walter Mondale (1979)
  • George H. W. Bush (1985)

Foreign politicians and diplomats[edit]

  • Sir Harold Wilson, former British P.M. (1981)
  • Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani (1983)
  • Jose Napoleon Duarte, President of El Salvador (1984)
  • Oscar Arias Sanchez, President of Costa Rica (1987)
  • Abba Eban, former Israeli Ambassador to U.S. (1990)
  • Violeta Chamorro, President of Nicaragua (1992)
  • Wojciech Jaruzelski, former President of Poland (1996)
  • Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico (2001)
  • Ryozo Kato, Japanese Ambassador to U.S. (2005)
  • Mikhail Gorbachev, former Premier of USSR (2005)
  • Lech Walesa, former President of Poland (2006)
  • Prince Turki Al-Faisal (2007)
  • H.E. Zhou Wenzhong, Chinese Ambassador to U.S. (2008)
  • Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico (2008)
  • Michael Oren, Israeli Ambassador to U.S. (2013)


  • Leonard Woodcock, President of UAW (1971)
  • Alan Shepard, astronaut (1973)
  • Tom Bradley, Mayor of Los Angeles (1984)
  • Lynne Cheney, National Endowment for the Humanities (1992)
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson (1993)
  • H. Ross Perot (1995)
  • Marlin Fitzwater, former U.S. Press Secretary (1996)
  • John Hofmeister, businessman (2006)
  1. ^ a b c d e "Landon Lecture Series – Past Speakers". Kansas State University. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Lichtblau, Eric (2008). Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice. Pantheon.