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Richard Lugar


Global Perspectives Series: Former U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar

Senator Richard G. Lugar is a fifth generation Hoosier who served 36 years in the U.S. Senate. He retired in 2013 as the longest serving member of Congress in Indiana history and the 17th longest serving Senator in U.S. history. In the Senate, he exercised leadership on critical issues including nuclear non-proliferation, global food security, energy independence, foreign assistance reform, NATO expansion, preservation of the federal school lunch program, and immigration reform. He played an instrumental role in enacting U.S. sanctions on the Apartheid government of South Africa, and he was a key figure in establishing U.S. opposition to the Marcos regime's attempt to steal the 1986 election in the Philippines. He led numerous efforts to ratify arms control treaties including the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the START Treaty, the Chemical Weapons Convention, and the New START Treaty.

Senator Lugar has been honored with both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He earned multiple Nobel Peace Prize nominations for his work on U.S. non-proliferation efforts worldwide. Senator Lugar holds 46 honorary university degrees and is a professor of practice in the School of Global and International Studies. His lecture entitled "Ukraine Matters - A Vital Opportunity for Constructive United States-European Action" was delivered April 23, 2014

The Global Perspectives Speaker Series hosts a wide array of prominent public servants, scholars, and activists whose professional accomplishments demonstrate impact and leadership on the global stage. The series is an initiative of the School of Global and International Studies (SGIS) in the College of Arts and Sciences. Established in 2012, the School of Global and International Studies offers opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and research, providing students with the global competencies and leadership skills needed in the 21st century.

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