Remembering Indiana’s Visionary Statesman on his 88th birthday

On the occasion of Sen. Richard Lugar’s 88th birthday, we pause to reflect on his legacy and the impact he continues to have on the state, the nation, the world, and—perhaps, most importantly—the students who call the Hamilton Lugar School home and seek to follow in his footsteps.

Senator Richard Lugar takes a selfie with a Hamilton Lugar School student during the fourth annual conference on America's Role in the World® at Indiana UniversityOur students’ lasting memories of the Senator are of a gentle giant of American diplomacy who always took time to listen, share advice and anecdotes, and even take selfies. We’re lucky that his presence is still felt in our halls and classrooms, as well as events like America’s Role in the World. The foreign policy conference he helped conceive and convene is now the premiere event of its kind in higher education. This year, we hosted the inaugural Richard G. Lugar lecture with Senator Todd Young and also presented the first Richard G. Lugar Award to Marie Yovanovitch, former US ambassador to Ukraine.

We hope we made him proud.

The Hamilton Lugar School frequently calls upon the Senator’s example as it seeks to lead with the fairness and compassion that he demonstrated throughout his monumental career. We are aided, of course, by the good fortune of living in a state and being part of a university that has doubled down on its investment in global studies, at a time when the national trends are in the other direction. The global challenges we face, and deepened disagreement about the direction of US foreign policy, remind us of the need for understanding of both global systems and the societies and cultures that shape our world. And as Senator Lugar taught us, unity, not division, is the only path to overcoming them.

The Hamilton Lugar School’s recent achievements include:

  • Establishing a degree program in Cybersecurity & Global Policy, a first-of-its-kind degree that will challenge students to build a foundation of technical and global skills to prepare them to understand how new technologies affect global society.
  • Hosting the inaugural Hamilton Lugar School Scholarship Dinner in Indianapolis. The evening benefited the Global Leadership Scholars Program, which was established in honor of Rep. Lee Hamilton and Senator Lugar, and featured a fireside chat with former US Secretary of Defense and IU alumnus Dr. Robert M. Gates, and Carol Giacomo, The New York Times editorial board writer covering foreign affairs.
  • Continuing to support research and exchange between US and Russian Scholars through the Hamilton Lugar School’s Russian Studies Workshop, which is supported by grant funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
  • Supporting global learning in the State of Indiana through the Indiana Language Roadmap, :a Department of Defense-funded program to strengthen cross-cultural and language skills across the state’s citizenry and workforce.
  • Supporting our nation’s armed forces through the creation of the Language Training Center, a Department of Defense-funded program offering  year-round language instruction in partnership with the US Special Operations Command and the Indiana National Guard.

Senator Lugar is one half of the founding spirit of the Hamilton Lugar School, and his legacy will endure through the generations of global leaders who will follow in his path. We miss him, his leadership, and his wise counsel, and wish the Lugar family safety and good health.

Please enjoy this video tribute in Senator Lugar’s honor. For more on the Senator’s legacy, please visit the HLS website.

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A Note of Appreciation to the Hamilton Lugar School Community

On behalf of the Hamilton Lugar School, I am proud of the inspiring support and response of our students, faculty, and staff to this global public health crisis.

Our amazing students are adapting to a more restricted life and a very different learning environment, separated from the library and their friends. Our dedicated faculty has been working hard to move our courses online and to ensure the continuity of our studies when they resume after extended spring break on March 30. Devoted staff and administrators from across the campus and university are supporting them and our students. For up-to-date information about the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other updates, please consult

All of us in the HLS community share a commitment to globalism, and to the idea that global progress depends on solidarity at every level—in our neighborhoods, in our state, across the country, and across borders. We are inspired by our school’s namesakes, Rep. Lee Hamilton and Sen. Richard Lugar, who have taught us that unity, not division, is the path to meeting global challenges. Their example gives us confidence in our ability as a country and as a planet, to come together to prepare for and meet these challenges.

We urge everyone to take the necessary steps to stay healthy. Remember that in following guidelines to socially distance, you are taking steps to protect yourself, your family, and your communities.

Our team will continue to stay in touch with announcements and updates via email and social media.

As all of us practice social distancing, we will support our community in staying globally engaged.

Thank you, again, for your inspiring response, and be well,

Lee Feinstein

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Conference on America’s Role in the World® Concludes by Honoring Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch

Wide-ranging and engaging panels on climate change, national security in the 2020s, and presidential elections, in addition to compelling conversations with Ambassador William J. Burns and Senator Todd Young, animated the Hamilton Lugar School’s fifth annual conference on America’s Role in the World®, which concluded on Friday with IU President Michael A. McRobbie presenting the inaugural Richard G. Lugar Award to Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. (more…)

Pollsters and Journalists Discuss How Foreign Policy Can Play Determining Role in Presidential Elections

During a panel at the Hamilton Lugar School’s conference on America’s Role in the World®, political consultant and founder of North Star Opinion Research Whit Ayres pointed to the years 1968, 2002, 2004, and 2006 as all times when foreign policy helped determine the outcome of a Congressional or presidential election, as the United States dealt with the Vietnam War, the 9/11 attacks, and the Iraq War. (more…)