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Apollo 13: A Successful Failure - Featuring Captain Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Gene Krantz 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

apollo reunion James Lovell and Fred Haise were captain and lunar module pilot of Apollo 13 when it was launched on April 11, 1970. This was intended to be the third NASA mission to land men on the moon. Two days into the flight, during a routine maneuver, an oxygen tank on the service module exploded, crippling the spacecraft. Apollo 13 and its three-man crew were some 200,000 miles from Earth.

Gene Krantz, back at Mission Control in Houston, worked with the crew and a team of NASA engineers and astronauts to solve a series of critical problems on the craft, including limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of clean water, and the need to repair the carbon dioxide removal system. Their desperate efforts were successful: Apollo 13 and crew returned safely to Earth on April 17, 1970.

Lovell, Haise and Kranz recount their experiences, explore the lessons of Apollo 13 and discuss the future of NASA and the U.S. space program during their visit to Fort Hays State University as a part of the Sebelius Lecture Series.

An Evening with Kathleen Sebelius

Monday, October 12, 2015

kathleen sebelius previousKathleen Sebelius is one of America’s foremost experts on national and global health issues, human services and executive leadership. As CEO of Sebelius Resources LLC, she provides strategic advice to private companies, non-profit organizations, higher education institutions and financial investors. From April 2009 through June 2014, Sebelius served in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet as the 21st secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, leading the effort to pass and implement the most significant health reform in half a century, the Affordable Care Act. Forbes named Sebelius one of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Having served as Governor of Kansas from 2003 to 2009, she is the only daughter of a governor to be elected governor in American history; her father, John Gilligan, was governor of Ohio. Time magazine named her one of America’s Top Five Governors. During her public service career, she led numerous ambitious efforts at the state and federal level to provide all Americans with the opportunity and tools to live happier, healthier and more successful lives.

Newt Gingrich: Provocative Politics - A Candid Discussion With One of the World's Most Distinguished Leaders

Thursday, April 16, 2015

gingrichNewt Gingrich is a dynamic and powerful force on today's geo-political landscape. He has been an inspiring leader in American politics for over three decades, with an uncommon intelligence and solution-oriented perspective that has kept the national debate lively and productive. Galvanizing a grass-roots movement that propelled him to the forefront of one of the most hard-fought Presidential primary races ever, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives energized and engaged voters around the country with his lucid discourse, sensible solutions, and an unrivaled wit. With vision and vibrancy, Speaker Gingrich shares his unparalleled experience and exceptional insight of current global and political issues with individuals and organizations to help guide them in today's modern world.

Jay Carney: Today at the White House and Around the Globe

Monday, November 3, 2014

Jay CarneyFormer White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was at the center of every major issue or event facing the country and the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2014. In his lecture he will share his insight into the issues, policies and players on a multitude of subjects including the situation in the Middle East, healthcare and immigration reform, the economy, the upcoming mid-term and presidential elections and what it is like dealing with the White House Press Corps on a daily basis. 


Karl Rove: America's Challenges

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

karl rove

With over two decades of experience in the political arena, Karl Rove is an iconic political strategist, whose provocative and robust knowledge of the major political issues of the day have made him one of the most sought-after political pundits of our time. Rove offers insightful analysis and predictions about the heated debates today in Washington, DC, the nation’s political course, and the bigger challenges America faces. Rove, a former White House Deputy Chief of Staff, writes a weekly op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, appears frequently on the Fox News Channel, and is the author of The New York Times bestseller, Courage and Consequence.

Sponsored by the Young America's Foundation, the Student Government Association, and the Office of the President.

The Proper Role of Government in a Free Society
Debate Featuring Rick Santorum and Howard Dean

Monday, November 4, 2013

Senator Rick Santorum and Governor Howard Dean

Rick Santorum and Howard Dean, both former Presidential candidates, offer a bi-partisan look at what we can expect from the next few years of the Obama administration. From the economy to healthcare, Santorum and Dean provide a rousing debate on a wide variety of issues concerning Americans today. 


Senator Rick Santorum A passionate champion of America’s founding principles, Senator Rick Santorum's impressive presidential campaign positioned him as a leading voice of the Republican Party. Senator Santorum began his presidential campaign as a dark-horse candidate, but with a victory in the Iowa caucuses, he became a center-stage challenger who went on to win another ten states, over 3 million votes, and claim the mantle of conservative alternative to the frontrunner. In four years in the U.S. House of Representatives and 12 as U. S. Senator, Santorum earned a reputation as a passionate fighter for conservative values and a vocal advocate for smaller government, cutting wasteful spending, a strong national defense, and a return to our country’s founding principles.

Governor Howard Dean  A physician who originally entered politics to try to get universal coverage in the U.S. and instituted an innovative healthcare plan as Governor of Vermont, Dr. Howard Dean offers an experienced and dual perspective as physician and politician to the discussion of health reform in America. His groundbreaking campaign for the U.S. Presidency and subsequent four years as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee have provided him with both an insider's view and a reformer's commitment to the economy and health care. His skillful stewardship of the party as Democratic National Committee chair began in 2005 and continued through the inauguration of President Barack Obama. 

Sponsored by the Young America's Foundation, the Student Government Association, and the Office of the President.

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