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Lugar Symposium to explore pressing issues



Fresh from receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, former senator and UIndy Distinguished Professor Richard Lugar will return to campus Dec. 7 to host the 37th annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders.

Founded in 1977 at the university, the event gives top high school juniors from around the state an opportunity to hear a keynote address from Lugar and explore pressing public issues through expert-led small-group discussions.



This year’s $1,000 Richard G. Lugar Distinguished Student Leadership Award goes to Dylan Brock, a student at River Forest Junior/Senior High School in Hobart and son of Jennifer Michael-Vargas and Jesse Vargas. UIndy’s Lugar Academy presents the award each year to a previous symposium attendee with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA who has demonstrated leadership skill and a commitment to serving others. Brock, 17, has distinguished himself at River Forest as a Top 10 student, a wrestler, an active member of several organizations and a competitor in Academic Decathlon and Academic Bowl. He was elected governor of Hoosier Boys State and has volunteered for several community organizations.

The symposium’s afternoon sessions for attending students will include prominent local and national experts discussing a range of topics:

Moderator: Angela Adams, Lewis & Kappes; Midwest coordinator of Bibles, Badges & Business for Immigration Reform
Abby Kuzma, Director of Consumer Protection, Indiana Attorney General’s Office
Megan Ritter, Director of Public Policy, Indiana Farm Bureau
David Drury, Chief of Staff to Superintendent Jo Anne Lyon, The Wesleyan Church

Robert Farago, The Truth About Guns blog
Juan Pacheco, East Coast representative, Barrios Unidos

Randall Shepard, Indiana Chief Justice, 1987-2012

Drew Northern, Chief Division Counsel, FBI
Jane Henegar, Executive Director, Indiana Civil Liberties Union

Jesse Kharbanda, Executive Director, Hoosier Environmental Council
State Sen. Jean Breaux (D), District 34

Blaise Misztal, Acting Director, Foreign Policy Project, Bipartisan Policy Center
Brian Powlowski, intelligence officer, supporting the Defense Intelligence Agency


About UIndy’s Lugar Academy
The Richard G. Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis, formerly the Lugar Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders, builds on Senator Lugar’s legacy of service and leadership through several programs for high school and college students, including the annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders; ongoing lectures and events in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C.; and the Washington Semester, a high-level study and internship experience in the nation’s capital that is open to students from any college or university. More information is available at

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