Former Colombian president, KU alumnus to deliver lecture at K-State in February

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaks during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

A University of Kansas graduate who went on to become president of Colombia and win the Nobel Peace Prize will be returning to Kansas in February to deliver a lecture at Kansas State University.

Juan Manuel Santos will deliver an address Feb. 4 in K-State’s Student Union as part of the university’s Landon Lecture series, according to an email from organizers.

Santos received undergraduate degrees in economics and business from KU in 1973. He later studied at the London School of Economics and Harvard University. He also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from KU when he returned to speak at the university in 2017.

Santos served as president of Colombia from 2010 to 2018, and he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 for his efforts in bringing his country’s civil war to an end after more than 50 years.

K-State said it will release further details on Santos’ lecture in the weeks ahead. Those interested can look for information at


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