We are living in a time when the limits of American power are being severely tested. Our adversaries are watching closely. They see us withdrawing from our longstanding leadership role. Eager to fill the vacuum, they are looking for ways to gain leverage, to challenge our strengths and exploit our weaknesses.
Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates when the last enslaved Black Americans were finally freed. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. As a result, in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later. Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth,” by the newly freed people in Texas. Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day.
Discouraging news surrounds us. It’s hard to hide from. It’s in the newspapers, on television and radio, and on the internet.
Our nation is divided, and our politics are polarized. We are torn apart by disagreements over immigration and by racial divisions. A pandemic has killed over 100,000 Americans and hobbled the economy. Health care is unaffordable for many. Economic inequality is at near-record levels. President Trump is not responsible for all these problems, but his leadership has not helped.
Shruti Rana, a legal scholar, professor, and outspoken advocate for women’s rights, immigrant rights, and international human rights law, is the new assistant dean for curricular and undergraduate affairs at the Hamilton Lugar School. Popular among students for her passion for teaching and entrepreneurial spirit in creating new opportunities for students, Rana is the director of the International Law and Institutions Degree Program and has been professor of International Law Practice since 2016. (more…)
The United States Department of Defense has awarded $1.26 million to the Indiana University Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies to further strengthen its Language Training Center program. Established in 2019, the center provides year-round language and culture instruction to members of the U.S. Special Operations Command and Indiana National Guard.
The grant expansion builds on a $970,000 award to create the program, which is administered by the Institute of International Education on behalf of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office.
“This extension is both an honor and a validation not only of Indiana University’s commitment to language and cultural fluency but also the strength of our faculty’s expertise and ingenuity,” said former Ambassador Lee Feinstein, founding dean of the Hamilton Lugar School. “We look forward to bolstering our partnership with 1st Special Forces Command and developing new and innovative approaches to language instruction.”
With the expanded funding, the center will add new instructors in French, Russian, German, Spanish and Portuguese. IU will also partner with 1st Special Forces Command to develop software and pedagogical templates for the use of virtual reality as a language training tool.
“I have watched our U.S. Special Forces work with host nation militaries around the world, and their mastery of both the language and cultures of those host nations gives them great credibility and quickly builds important relationships,” said retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, president of the Renuart Group. “It is great to see the Hamilton Lugar School and the Language Training Center be such an integral part of our nation’s outreach to partners.”
The Language Training Center is housed in the Hamilton Lugar School’s Language Workshop, which is led by grant principal investigator Kathleen Evans. In its first year, the Language Training Center supported members of the Indiana National Guard who train security forces in the Sahel and members of the Slovakian Armed Forces. It also delivered language instruction in Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian and Spanish to personnel from the 3rd, 7th and 20th Special Forces Groups, as well as the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade. Additionally, the center developed asynchronous Regional Culture and Expertise modules on topics of strategic interest in regions around the world.
The cross-disciplinary and cross-campus effort engages resources from the Hamilton Lugar School’s four departments, 11 Title VI regional studies and language resource centers and Project GO program, as well as IU’s eLearning Design and Services.
The Hamilton Lugar School is named for former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton and the late former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, both revered Hoosier statesmen and foreign policy voices. The school is committed to creating leaders who celebrate differences and seek shared understanding.
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To the Hamilton Lugar School Family:
This has been a horrific week in the history of our country, with Americans fighting for their lives in their homes, our hospitals, and our communities.
The cruel killing of George Floyd reflects the continuing history of racial injustice for Black and brown people in our country. In remembering George Floyd, we also remember the countless others who have died because of the color of their skin.
We stand in solidarity with our students, faculty, and staff and with all the members of our community in the fight against racism and intolerance, overt and covert.
James Baldwin said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
We cannot make the change we need without honest reflection and commitment from all of us. We are committed to treating all in our community and beyond with respect and dignity. We are dedicated to approaching the injustices in our society with determination and purpose.
We wish our Black community members healing during this time.
Donate to the Bloomington Chapter of Black Lives Matter on venmo: @BLM-BTOWN or via Hopscotch Coffee’s Virtual Tip Jar.
The Indiana University Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies has appointed Shruti Rana as its assistant dean for curricular and undergraduate affairs. The new role, which focuses on growing learning and career opportunities for students seeking global careers, is a testament to the rising national and global profile of the school.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center, in conjunction with the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, has awarded Wilson China Fellowships to Hamilton Lugar School professors Wendy Leutert and Adam Liff. The competitive fellowship program, which supports the next generation of American research on China, will help them study the rise of China and communicate its implications for the US-China relationship, one of the critical areas of international scholarship and foreign policy today. (more…)
For decades after WWII, the U.S. stood across the world as a mighty colossus. We were the richest and strongest nation, and our history and institutions were the envy of all.
Language courses are underway at the Hamilton Lugar School’s Language Workshop, and a record number of students have logged on to boost their language skills in this year’s online format. With more than 20 languages represented, over 500 students are gaining a full year of language instruction in just two months as they engage with experienced professors and ambitious classmates.
With graduates like Amb. Marie Yovanovitch, former ambassador to Ukraine and recipient of the inaugural Richard G. Lugar Award; Amb. Richard Ford, former US Ambassador to Syria; and Julie Dorf, international human rights advocate, the Language Workshop has been educating global leaders for 70 years. Entrepreneurs, academics, scientists, and professionals in human rights, diplomacy, and national security have all benefited from their studies at the Hamilton Lugar School, a place where critical languages, regions, and international issues receive in-depth treatment.
At a time when other universities are cutting back on language instruction, HLS offers coursework in 80 languages, and its students regularly lead the nation in receiving grants like FLAS scholarships, making the study of languages accessible to all.
This year, of course, is different, since students aren’t traveling to Bloomington to meet in person. But professors have adapted their pedagogy, and the online format makes the classes available to many who may not have been able to uproot themselves for eight weeks.
We wish our summer language students well as they take the next steps in their global careers!