Sen. Dick Lugar will present the Ashe Lecture on Tuesday, August 27, 1:30 pm, in the Toyota Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. His topic is US Foreign Policy: Challenges & Opportunities.
Sen. Lugar is Indiana’s longest serving Congressman (1977-2013). Prior to the Senate, he was the two-term mayor of Indianapolis (1968-75). Sen. Lugar served as Chairman of the Senate Committee for Foreign Relations form 1985 to 1987 and from 2003 to 2007. Much of his work in the Senate focused on global security. Specifically, the Nunn-Lugar Act, which led to the dismantling of thousands of nuclear warheads and improved security at hundreds of weapons sites across 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.
Today Sen. Lugar is the President of the Lugar Center, a non-profit organization focusing on nuclear non-proliferation, food security, foreign aid effectiveness, and other critical issues. He is on tap to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Lugar also recently announced the creation of the Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis, including a Washington semester internship program for Uindy students and other student leaders. Lugar was also recently named a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar at the new School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University’s Global Public Policy Institute.
Lugar graduated first in his class at 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.