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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, space scientist to American heroes, each are 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. General admission tickets are $10. Students and school groups admitted free of charge.

Tickets:  $10 General Admission -  Available at the Arena on day of lecture or at the HutchCC Campus Store 1 month prior to each lecture. Students admitted free of charge with school ID.

Thank you to our sponsors for 2019 -  CENTRAL BANK & TRUST  |  COMMERCE BANK  |  HUTCHINSON CLINIC

Portrait Denise Kiernan

Denise Kiernan - March 5, 2019

Denise Kiernan is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Girls of Atomic City, the true story of young women living in a secret government city during World War II while unknowingly working on the first atomic bomb. A lively and engaging speaker, Kiernan enthralls audiences with this story of adventure, intrigue, sacrifice and controversy.

Portrait Denise Kiernan

Funding for this program is provided by the Humanities Kansas (, a nonprofit cultural organization connecting communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life.

Portrait John O'Leary

John O'Leary - Oct. 1, 2019

John O’Leary has lived through worse than most can imagine. At the age of nine, John was severely burned on 100% of his body. From this tragedy, John now lives to share his story and to spark the stories of others living boldly, so that together we can forge an extraordinary future by finding the possibility in the present.
Portrait Fredi Lajvardi

Fredi Lajvardi - Nov 5, 2019

Fredi Lajvardi kindles your innate sense of ingenuity with his remarkable firsthand account of how he transformed a group of high school students into a national champion robotics team. With humor and compassion, Fredi brings audiences on his inspiring journey, illustrating the need to embrace diversity and invest in people to help others realize their potential.