A limited number of tickets remain for the lecture by former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Frederik Willem de Klerk on the campus of Missouri S&T. de Klerk, the 29th presenter in the Remmers Special Artist/Lecturer Series, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall, 10th and Main streets in Rolla.
The lecture is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets are available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before the lecture in the Leach Theatre Box Office, located in Castleman Hall.
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.