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Symposium on Civic Leadership at UIndy, Oct. 8-9

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By Scott Hall
University of Indianapolis

National policy experts, respected U.S. statesmen and rising local officeholders will gather Oct. 8 and 9 at the University of Indianapolis for the inaugural Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership.

Two of Indiana’s most respected voices in Washington, Richard Lugar and Lee Hamilton, are among the speakers for the event, presented by UIndy’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives in partnership with Indiana Humanities and with support from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation.

Activities will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 with The Great Debate: Is Action in Syria America’s Least Bad Option? Registration is requested, but admission is free to this foreign policy panel discussion moderated by veteran congressman Hamilton, director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University and co-chair of IU’s International Engagement Advisory Board. The nationally known panelists will be:

  •  Lugar, former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and distinguished professor of political science and international relations at the University of Indianapolis;
  • Doug Bandow, senior fellow, Cato Institute;
  •  Joshua Landis, director, Center for Middle East Studies at Oklahoma University; president, Syrian Studies Association;
  • Robert Zarate, policy director, Foreign Policy Initiative. 

Oct. 9 will bring a series of discussions and presentations on issues facing local leaders and the seemingly lost art of civility in political discourse. Registration is $25 for the day, which culminates in a noon-1:30 p.m. lunch and keynote conversation between former Indianapolis Mayor Lugar and current South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Other second-day highlights will include:

  •  Young Guns Roundtable Discussion: Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson moderates a discussion with three recently elected Indiana mayors younger than 35: South Bend’s Buttigieg, LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo and Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes.
  • Debunking the Civility Myth: Historians James Fuller of UIndy and Ray Boomhower of the Indiana Historical Society explore the long legacy of incivility in U.S. politics.
  •  Behind the Scenes of City Government: Melina Kennedy moderates a conversation on how things get done in Indianapolis, featuring fellow former deputy mayors Michael Huber, Mike O’Connor, Anne Shane and David Frick. 

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