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Sen. Lugar to Serve as Visiting Distinguished Professor at Georgetown

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.)  “I am looking forward to devoting deeper attention to a number of issues that have been a part of my Senate service and working with students and future leaders on how we can solve the world’s most complex problems," said Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) about his new role at Georgetown.

December 21, 2012 – Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), the U.S. Senate’s most senior Republican, will join the Georgetown Public Policy Institute this spring as a visiting distinguished professor of public policy.

Lugar, a former Rhodes scholar and mayor of Indianapolis, is the ranking Republican leader of the Foreign Relations Committee and a member and former chair of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.

When his 36-year tenure in Congress ends in January, he will have been the longest serving member from Indiana in history.

Lugar will bring his expertise in international relations, arms control, energy, technology and agricultural policy to the classroom as a guest lecturer in the spring and fall of 2013.

“Given Senator Lugar’s distinguished career in public service and his breadth of experience, we are honored to have him join us in 2013,” says Edward Montgomery, dean of GPPI. “Our faculty and students will benefit greatly from Senator Lugar’s expertise in a wide array of policy areas.”

Complex Problems

This spring, Lugar will give the 2013 Whittington Lecture.  GPPI hosts the lecture annually and invites a prominent policy leader to address the Georgetown community on a pressing policy topic.

The lecture was created in honor of former GPPI associate dean Leslie A. Whittington, who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Previous Whittington lecturers have included Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.

“I am looking forward to devoting deeper attention to a number of issues that have been a part of my Senate service and working with students and future leaders on how we can solve the world’s most complex problems,” Lugar says “Working with Georgetown University and cooperating with other institutions, I know we can make difference.”

Forefront of Policy

The senator also will serve in the fall of 2013 as a guest of honor at one of GPPI’s policy dinners, which give small groups of students the opportunity to sit down with a leading policy practitioner for a candid conversation.

Lugar and University of Indianapolis President Robert Manuel recently announced the creation of the Richard G. Lugar Academy, a new Washington, D.C.-based internship program. Manuel previously served as Georgetown’s associate provost and dean of the School of Continuing Studies.

“Senator Lugar, who is at the forefront of confronting and addressing current policy dilemmas, is a great addition to our community of intellectual leaders and I look forward to his contributions to GPPI and Georgetown,” Montgomery adds.

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