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Dillon Lecture Series

Since 1982, the Dillon Lecture Series has provided distinguished and notable speakers that many in Hutchinson, Kansas and surrounding communities might not have the opportunity to experience. 

From poets, politicians and space scientists to American heroes, each is chosen by the Dillon Lecture Committee by following the teachings of Chinese philosopher Kuan-Tzam - “learning is the key to enlightenment” - to educate and inspire audiences across a wide age span.

All lectures are held in the Hutchinson Sports Arena beginning at 10:30 a.m. and last one hour.

TICKETS: General admission tickets are $10. Students and school groups are admitted free of charge with a school ID. Tickets are available online ( or at the Sports Arena on the day of the lecture. 

David Grann - April 16, 2024

Author and Writer for New York Times Magazine

David Grann is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. His newest book, The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder, will be published in April of 2023. Grann is also the author of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, which documented one of the most sinister crimes and racial injustices in American history. The book has been adapted into a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, Robert De Niro, and Jesse Plemons.

In addition to writing, Grann is a frequent speaker who has given talks about everything from Killers of the Flower Moon and the importance of historical memory to the dangers of complicity in unjust systems, and from the art of writing and detection to the leadership methods of explorers, such as Ernest Shackleton.

Steven Ford - Sept. 17, 2024

Film and Television Producer

Steve has enjoyed a successful acting career for over 25 years appearing in over 800 hours of film and television productions. He has worked on over 25 films and many guest-leads in television. Before becoming an actor in 1980, Steve worked on the professional rodeo circuit as a team roper and served three years on the Board of Directors of The National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City and currently serves on the Board of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.

He is highly sought after nationally as a motivational speaker for corporate events relating his inspiring experiences during his family’s stay in the White House and his years in Hollywood. Steve speaks about his own successful battle overcoming alcoholism and shares with audiences inspiring stories of character and leadership that lead to the Ford family’s success which will help audiences rethink their own lives. He is the third son of President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford.



Richard Shank, Chair
Uriah Bueller - Susan Buttram - Butch Dillon - Carolyn Dillon 
Tammy Dillon - Charlotte Galler - Kathy Morris - Dane Power  
Dr. Carter L. File, President, HutchCC

Chairperson, HutchCC Board of Trustees
Hutchinson National Faculty Association
President, Student Gov. Association
Denny Stoecklein, HutchCC Marketing 
Becky Rogers, DLS Coordinator/HutchCC Pres. Admin Asst.

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