Former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Frederik Willem de Klerk will be the 29th presenter in the Remmers Special Artist/Lecturer Series at Missouri University of Science and Technology on Monday, Oct. 20.
de Klerk’s lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building, 705 W. 10th St., in Rolla. The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets will be required.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 29, tickets will be available to Missouri S&T students with a valid student I.D. Tickets will be available to Missouri S&T faculty and staff beginning Wednesday, Oct. 1, with a valid Missouri S&T I.D. On Friday, Oct. 3, tickets will be made available to the general public. Tickets will be available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Leach Theatre Box Office, located in Missouri S&T’s Castleman Hall, 10th and Main streets in Rolla.
de Klerk served as state president of South Africa from 1989 to 1994, initiating and presiding over the inclusive negotiations that led to the dismantling of apartheid and the adoption of South Africa’s first fully democratic constitution in December 1993.
After leading the National Party to the second place in South Africa’s first fully representative general election of April 27, 1994, de Klerk was inaugurated as one of South Africa’s two executive deputy presidents. He served until the end of June 1996, when the party, under his leadership, decided to withdraw from the Government of National Unity. He was leader of the Official Opposition until his retirement from active party politics on Sept. 9, 1997.
The Remmers Special Artist/Lecturer Series is supported through a fund established by the late Walter E. Remmers, a Rolla graduate, and his late wife, Miriam, to bring renowned speakers and performers to the campus. The first Remmers Lecture was held in 1979 and featured former President Gerald Ford.
People with sight, hearing and mobility impairments who plan to attend the Oct. 20 lecture should contact the Affirmative Action office at Missouri S&T at 573-341-6314 by Monday, Oct. 13, to request reasonable accommodations.