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Life Enrichment

Learning for a Lifetime

Enjoy programs and be involved in the life of your community college as part of Life Enrichment, an educational, entertaining, and cultural program tailored to today's busy lifestyles.

Life Enrichment is for area adults and meets the first Tuesday of every month in conjunction with the school year (Sept.- Dec. and Feb.- May). Meetings take place in the Clifford/Stone Community Room at the Hubbard Welcome Center on the El Dorado campus. Meetings are open to everyone and there is no charge to attend. Those who attend regularly are encouraged to register so they receive monthly newsletters announcing the programs. To register as a Life Enrichment member, please click here.

Speakers present on a broad range of topics - from history to modern technology and art to science - and past performers have included singers, storytellers, dancers, and actors.

May 7, 2024

9  a.m. - Rick McNary, the founder of Shop Kansas Farms, is a writer, photographer, speaker, and a consultant for communities starting local food systems. He is the author of three books and writes for Kansas Farm Bureau’s Kansas Living magazine. He was named “A Friend of Agriculture” by Kansas Farm Bureau in 2020 and the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Ag Hero Award in 2020. Shop Kansas Farms connects people to the farm & ranch families of Kansas so they can purchase local foods.

9:45 a.m. - Break

10 a.m. - Beverly Olson Buller, will present “William Allen White and the KKK in Kansas.” The 1920s saw the re-emergence of the Ku Klux Klan across America, and sparked fear and violence against minority groups. As the editor of the Emporia Gazette, White was acutely aware of the growing presence of the KKK in Kansas. Seeing no candidates free of Klan influence, White declared, “I want to be governor to free Kansas from the disgrace of the Ku Klux Klan.” This presentation follows the raucous two-month campaign that had White traveling over 2,700 miles to deliver 104 speeches, all directed at expelling the KKK.

Buller is an author, an educator, and chair of the William Allen White Children’s Book Awards selection committee in Emporia.

Buller’s program is part of Humanities Kansas’s Speakers Bureau.

Contact Us

Trisha Walls
Community Advancement Coordinator
Office: BOA 5324