Strengthening Indiana University’s Ties with Two of America’s Greatest Statesmen and Internationalists
January 24, 2013
Thank you, Dean Johnson.
Good afternoon to all of you and thank you for joining us.
I am delighted that IU Trustee MaryEllen Bishop has joined us for this afternoon’s announcements. Please welcome Trustee Bishop.
I also want to offer a special welcome to the provost of the Bloomington campus, Lauren Robel and the executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Larry Singell.
As Dean Johnson noted, it is indeed fitting that we are gathered in the Lilly Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts, which counts among its holdings thousands of books, photographs, pamphlets, and manuscripts that comprise a rich documentary history of our state and our nation from their earliest days.
I am delighted today to welcome two extraordinarily distinguished guests who have made enormous contributions to that history and who are among the state of Indiana’s most illustrious statesmen: Senator Richard Lugar and Congressman Lee Hamilton.
This afternoon, I have a series of major and exciting announcements that involve these two exemplary and extraordinary public servants.
As many of you know, we are in the process of establishing a new School of Global and International Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University, which was approved by our Trustees last August.
The school is a major initiative to expand the opportunities for international education for students, including greater foreign language proficiencies, better understanding of how societies are developing worldwide, and deeper knowledge of globalization. It also aims to strengthen and expand IU’s already formidable reputation in research and scholarship in international studies by marshaling the expertise of more than 350 core and affiliated faculty members from across the university, marshaling the strength of IU’s 11 federally-funded Title VI international area studies centers, and marshaling instruction in over 70 foreign languages—the largest number of any university in the country—all of this, to address the world’s most significant economic, political, social, cultural, and environmental challenges.
As I said when we announced the establishment of the school, this is, I believe, one of the most important developments in the nearly 200 years of IU’s history.
Hence, I am delighted to announce today that Senator Richard Lugar, who is the longest-serving United States Senator in Indiana’s history and who served the state for 36 years in this capacity, has accepted the position of Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Practice in the School of Global and International Studies.
His appointment in the school will provide our students and faculty with extraordinary opportunities to interact with and to learn from one of America’s foremost experts on international relations and a leader with expertise in a wide array of policy areas.
Secondly, I am also delighted to announce that Senator Lugar has chosen Indiana University’s Modern Political Papers Collection, which is housed in the Herman B Wells Library, as the official and permanent repository for his Senatorial papers, where they will join the papers of Congressman Hamilton and many other illustrious Indiana members of Congress including Birch Bayh (we held the announcement of that gift in this very room just a few years ago); Mike Pence, the new governor of Indiana (we announced the donation of his papers just a few weeks ago); and Frank McCloskey.
The addition of Senator Lugar’s papers greatly enhances and elevates what is already one of the finest modern congressional collections of papers anywhere in the country. His papers will be an invaluable resource for research by faculty and students, providing them with enormous insight into the major political and global issues of our times.
We are deeply grateful to the Senator for this generous donation, and on behalf of Indiana University, I am delighted to accept his Senatorial papers as part of IU’s Modern Political Papers Collection.
Thirdly, I am delighted to announce that Congressman Hamilton, who has served the university for 14 years as Director of the Center on Congress will now, in addition, also become a Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Practice in the School of Global and International Studies.
This represents, by any measure, a truly remarkable leap forward for the School. In Senator Lugar and Congressmen Hamilton we will have on the faculty of the school two of America’s greatest statesmen, two of America’s greatest internationalists, two of the people who have had more impact than perhaps any other people in Congress in the post World War II era—men who are known and respected across the country and around the world, and men whose knowledge of the deepest inner workings of this nation’s foreign policy was formed through their service on myriads of committees, most notably as chairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Relations Committee. You can’t do much better than that.
They will indeed be an extraordinary resource for our faculty and students in the new school and will contribute to the education and research program of the school through seminars, lectures and other academic activities.
Of course, the list of accomplishments of these two giants of Indiana and United States politics is remarkably extensive, but two of their salient achievements on the world stage are particularly worthy of mention as they join the faculty of the School of Global and International Studies. The first is Senator Lugar’s work on the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, a bipartisan effort led by the Senator and his Senate colleague Sam Nunn to destroy nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons in the former Soviet Union. To date, the Nunn-Lugar program has deactivated more than 7,500 nuclear warheads that were once aimed at the United States. The other is Congressman Hamilton’s service as vice chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, better known as the 9/11 Commission—and his service as co-chair of the Iraq Study Group, which, in 2006, made recommendations on modifications to U.S. policy in Iraq. These achievements give you a sense of the enormous impact that Senator Lugar and Congressman Hamilton have made in their service to this nation.
I am also announcing today the establishment of a new International Advisory Committee to advise IU on broad issues concerning the university’s international engagement strategy and in the development of the School of Global and International Studies. The committee will include IU alumni and others who are global leaders in business, industry, and government, and who possess a broad range of expertise in international relations. And I am delighted to announce that Senator Lugar and Congressman Hamilton will co-chair this committee. As we continue to grow and strengthen Indiana University’s international presence, I am very pleased that this high-level committee will have the expert leadership of two of America's most widely respected voices on foreign policy and international relations.
Introducing Congressman Lee Hamilton
Lee Hamilton and Richard Lugar served in Congress together for nearly a quarter of a century, and I think it is fair and accurate to say that no state has ever sent to Congress two more distinguished or able representatives. While they represented different bodies of Congress and different political parties, each brought to his career in public service a sense of bipartisanship that reflected an overriding desire to do what is right for America and right for the world.
As Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said of Lee: “the number of public figures who are smart, balanced, wide-ranging in their interests and expertise, eager to work in a bi-partisan fashion, and willing to devote their lives to public service is almost small enough to count on the fingers of one hand. Lee Hamilton is at or near the top of the group.”1
And I would add that the same could be said of both of our distinguished guests this afternoon.
And so it is only fitting that I ask Professor Lee Hamilton to come forward to say a few words and to introduce his friend and former Congressional colleague—and now his IU faculty colleague—Professor Richard Lugar.