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‘Diplomacy in a Dangerous World’ at UIndy, Feb. 25

Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar

Former US Senators Sam Nunn (left) and Richard Lugar.
Photo provided by the University of Indianapolis and used with written permission.

By Scott Hall
University of Indianapolis

The two men most responsible for reducing the world’s nuclear weapons stockpiles will discuss current and future global security issues in a special event Feb. 25, 2014, at the University of Indianapolis.

“Diplomacy in a Dangerous World: A Conversation with Senators Richard G. Lugar and Sam Nunn” will be moderated by Steve Inskeep, co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Presented by the University of Indianapolis and WFYI Public Media with support from accounting firm Katz, Sapper & Miller, the event will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in UIndy’s Ransburg Auditorium, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

Admission is free, but seating is limited; to register, visit www.uindy.edu/lugarnunn. The conversation will be webcast live at uindy.edu and wfyi.org, and an edited version will make its broadcast debut at 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, on WFYI 1 Public Television.

The two former senators have received multiple Nobel Peace Prize nominations for their work in crafting the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which became law in 1992 and is credited with deactivating more than 7,600 nuclear warheads that were once aimed at the United States. Their discussion at UIndy will examine current threats around the world posed by weapons of mass destruction, as well as the future of U.S. relations with such nations as Iran, Russia and North Korea. This will be their first public appearance together since a 20th anniversary symposium on the reduction program in 2012.

Lugar, who represented Indiana in the U.S. Senate from 1977 to 2013, is president of the Lugar Center in Washington, D.C., and a distinguished professor at UIndy, which is home to the Richard G. Lugar Academy and its leadership programs for college and high school students.

Nunn represented Georgia in the U.S. Senate from 1972 to 1996 and currently serves as co-chairman and chief executive officer of the D.C.-based Nuclear Threat Initiative.

Inskeep, a Carmel native, is an author and award-winning journalist who has reported from around the world. Since 2004 he has hosted the nation’s most widely heard radio news show, Morning Edition, which airs locally from 5 to 10 a.m. weekdays on WFYI Public Radio.


  • “Diplomacy in a Dangerous World: A Conversation with Senators Richard G. Lugar and Sam Nunn” moderated by NPR’s Steve Inskeep
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, 7 p.m.
  • Ransburg Auditorium (located on the east end of Esch Hall)
  • University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
  • Admission: Free, but seating is limited.
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