Former Senator Richard Lugar to deliver annual Leopold Lecture


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Former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar will deliver the annual Leopold Lecture on Nov. 13. Lugar lost his seat in 2012 to a primary challenge from Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock.

Amy Whyte, Assistant Campus Editor

Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar will give the annual Leopold Lecture on Nov. 13.

Lugar, who represented Indiana in the Senate from 1977 to 2013, will address foreign relations in his lecture at Harris Hall. Lugar served on the foreign relations and agriculture committees while a Senator, working as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1985-1987 and 2003-2007.

Lugar’s accomplishments include the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threats Reduction program, which led to the disassembly and destruction of the nuclear weapons of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

The Richard W. Leopold Lecture was established by the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences in 1990 in honor of Richard W. Leopold, who was a professor emeritus in the history department. Leopold, who died in 2006, was a part of many government committees dedicated to preserving historical foreign policy data. Leopold was also a former president of the Organization of American Historians and authored many books, articles and reviews during his lifetime.

Previous Leopold lecturers include Russ Feingold, David Gergen, Seymour Hersh, Jane Mayer, George McGovern (Weinberg ’49, Ph.D. ’53) and Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

— Amy Whyte