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

February 15, 2014 Leave a comment
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 The conversation will be webcast live at and, 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.

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

September 27, 2013 Leave a comment
University of Indianapolis

University of Indianapolis. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

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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