Skip Navigation
Get Involved Grants & Programs About
Contact Donate

Get Involved



Jerry Harper image

Jerry Harper, Speaker

Semi-retired lawyer with an ongoing interest in Kansas' more colorful characters.

Feel Your Oats (with Help from a Goat)

When J.R. Brinkley arrived in Milford, Kansas, in 1917, with a suspect medical diploma in hand and just $23 in his pocket, few would have imagined the notoriety he would attain over the next 25 years in medicine, politics, and broadcasting. It all began with the xenotransplantation of goat testicles -- a dubious cure for flagging male virility that quickly engaged the popular imagination -- and brought him fame, fortune, and the wrath of the medical establishment. Eventually, Doc Brinkley lost his Kansas medical license in 1930 but that didn't stop him from running for Governor. In this presentation, we look at Brinkley's life to see what cautionary lessons we might learn that could prove helpful in today's world. Powerpoint. 

Contact Jerry directly about speaking at your event:

Publicize Your Event

How to Bring a Humanities Kansas Speaker to Your Event

  1. Review the Movement of Ideas catalog and select a speaker and topic.
  2. Contact the speaker and confirm time, date, and location.
  3. If interested, you can apply for funding to bring this speaker to your community. Find out how. (Please note: Completed applications, including the DUNS number, must be submitted six weeks before the event date to be considered for funding. Humanities Kansas is not able to fund applications that do not meet this requirement.)
  4. Publicize your event. Download a press release template and photo and Humanities Kansas logo poster.
  5. Tell us how it went. After the event, download and fill out a Speakers Bureau Evaluation and Cost Share Form and email them to Abigail Kaup.
Learn More


Kansans Have
Joined the Movement