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Feb. 19: Introducing a Senator who needs no introduction ...

Sen. Richard Lugar speaks about "A Changing World" at the Marian College's Franciscan Center for Global Studies

When: Sunday, February 19 7:00 PM

Where: Indianapolis Civic Theatre at Marian College

Richard Lugar is a longstanding advocate of U.S. global leadership, free-trade, and a strong national defense. A Rhodes Scholar and former presidential candidate, he has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in reducing the stockpile of nuclear weapons in the former Soviet Union. A fifth generation Hoosier and the longest serving U.S. senator in Indiana history, he is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Even though he is far from the most magnetic speaker in American politics, when Sen. Lugar talks it is riveting. Without notes he will take the audience on a tour of the most troubled spots in world, offering nuanced analyses and realistic solutions. It is an impressive show.

Great catch by Pierre Atlas and his colleagues at Marian to have landed a talk by the Senator, this is an experience that no one should miss. This talk should be a reality check of sorts for many of the discussions happening around Indianapolis this spring. Sen. Lugar probably represents the best combination of power and thoughtfulness we are likely to see in the Senate. That doesn't mean we should limit our ambitions only to what the Senator thinks is realistic ... it means that when he says a course of action is not realistic, we may have to make it happen ourselves, without waiting for the government in DC to do it for us. Attend the Citizens Diplomacy Summit April 3 for a sense of what this might mean.

Sen Lugar's talk event is free and open to the public, but Marian would like you to pre-register.

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