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Former Sen. Richard Lugar to Speak on “Foreign Policy Challenges and Opportunities”

Event Details

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

First-floor Lobby of the LBJ School
2315 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78712

Lugar is Longest Serving Member of Congress in Indiana History and a Recent Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar will discuss “Foreign Policy Challenges and Opportunities” on Sept. 26, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the first-floor lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Former Senator Richard LugarLugar is president of The Lugar Center, a nonprofit focusing on nuclear nonproliferation, food security and other critical issues. He recently announced the creation of the Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis, which includes a semester internship program in Washington for UIndy students and other student leaders. Lugar also was named a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar at the newly formed School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University.

A fifth-generation Hoosier who left the U.S. Senate as the longest serving member of Congress in Indiana history, Lugar is recognized as a gifted local and state leader as well as a respected statesman. During his tenure in the Senate, he exercised leadership on critical issues such as food security, nuclear nonproliferation, energy independence and free trade. He holds 46 honorary degrees from colleges and universities in 15 states and the District of Columbia, and he was the fourth person to be named Outstanding Legislator by the American Political Science Association. Queen Elizabeth II bestowed upon Lugar the rank of honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in honor of his work to make the world more secure from weapons of mass destruction and his commitment to the U.S.-U.K. alliance. President Barack Obama recently named Lugar a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, please visit:

Limited free parking will be available in Lot 38 and Lot 39 beginning at 5:00 PM.



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Former Senator Richard Lugar with students

More on Senator Lugar

Richard Lugar graduated first in his class at both Shortridge High School in Indianapolis and Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He attended Pembroke College at Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar, studying politics, philosophy and economics. Lugar volunteered for the U.S. Navy in 1957, ultimately serving as an intelligence briefer for Adm. Arleigh Burke, chief of Naval Operations.

Lugar manages his family's 604-acre corn, soybean and tree farm in Marion County, Ind. Before entering public life, he helped manage the family's food machinery manufacturing business in Indianapolis with his brother, Tom.

As the two-term mayor of Indianapolis (1968-75), he envisioned the unification of the city and surrounding Marion County into one government. Unigov, as Lugar's plan was called, set the city on a path of uninterrupted economic growth. He served three terms on the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, including two terms as the vice chairman of the commission, and he served as president of the National League of Cities.

Lugar has been a leader in reducing the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. In 1991, he forged a bipartisan partnership with then-Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sam Nunn, D-Ga., to destroy weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union. To date, the Nunn-Lugar program has deactivated more than 7,600 nuclear warheads that were once aimed at the United States.

As chairman of the Agriculture Committee, Lugar built bipartisan support in 1996 for federal farm program reforms, ending 1930s-era federal production controls. He has promoted broader risk management options for farmers, research advancements, increased export opportunities and higher net farm income. Lugar initiated a biofuels research program to help decrease U.S. dependency on foreign oil. He also led initiatives to streamline the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reform the food stamp program and preserve the federal school lunch program.