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.
TICKETS: General admission tickets are $10. Students and school groups are admitted free of charge with a school ID. Tickets are available online (www.hutchcc.edu/dls) or at the Arena on the day of the lecture.
All lectures are held in the Hutchinson Sports Arena beginning at 10:30 a.m. and last one hour.
Ginger Kerrick has received many awards and honors in her career, but the most important to her was NASA’s prestigious Silver Snoopy award, which is given by NASA astronauts to employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success. In 2022, Kerrick was named Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Barrios Technology, a woman-owned and operated technology firm that supports NASA and industry partners with systems engineering, software engineering and integration, strategic planning, training, and other mission-critical technical services.
A nine-time conference coach of the year, eight of which came at Kansas (2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Self has guided his teams to 23-win seasons in 23 of the last 24 seasons dating back to 1998-99. For his career which includes stops at Oral Roberts, Tulsa and Illinois, Self’s teams have won 20 league crowns in the last 24 years. A three-time national coach of the year, Self was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.
Aron Ralston's extraordinary story of survival after an 800-pound boulder trapped him in a remote Utah canyon captured global headlines in 2003. In his New York Times best seller, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, the Oscar-nominated film, 127 Hours, and on stage, Ralston takes audiences vicariously through those six days without water, means of communication, or hope of escape, to the ecstatic moments when he freed himself by severing his own arm. Aron's incredible triumph in the face of insurmountable odds inspires audiences to harness the power of their deepest motivations, relationships, and mindset to transform personal and professional "boulders" into their blessings. Today, Ralston continues to pursue high-altitude adventures, advocates for wilderness protection, and tries to keep up with his two spirited children, Leo and Elisabetta.
Temple Grandin is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Facilities she has designed for handling livestock are used by many companies around the world. She has also been instrumental in implementing animal welfare auditing programs that are used by McDonalds, Wendy’s, Whole Foods, and other corporations. Temple has appeared on numerous TV shows such as 20/20. Larry King Live, and Prime Time. Her books include: Thinking in Pictures, Livestock Handling and Transport and The Autistic Brain. Her book Animals in Translation has been on the New York Times Bestseller List. Temple was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in September 2017 and in 2022 was named a Colorado State University Distinguished Professor.