University of Indianapolis hosts virtual 44th Annual Lugar Symposium

NPR’s Steve Inskeep to host annual symposium for high school juniors

INDIANAPOLIS—The 44th annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders featuring NPR’s Steve Inskeep, hosted by The Richard G. Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis, will move to a virtual format to bring together hundreds of top high school juniors from Indiana for a day of discussion on public issues and world events on Saturday, December 5. 

Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow's Leaders featuring NPR's Steve Inskeep on Saturday, December 7, 2019. (Photo by D. Todd Moore/ University of Indianapolis)

Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders featuring NPR’s Steve Inskeep on Saturday, December 7, 2019. (Photo by D. Todd Moore/ University of Indianapolis)

Journalist, author and host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition Steve Inskeep will be the keynote speaker. Inskeep will discuss the concept of public service and how students can serve the greater good, both now and in their future careers.

Part of the expansive legacy former Indiana Senator Richard G. Lugar created in his lifetime, more than 20,000 students have benefited from the symposium in over four decades. The Lugar Academy is committed to maintaining Sen. Lugar’s legacy by continuing with his signature event.

Students will select from a variety of breakout sessions on current topical issues, including the 2020 presidential election, systemic racism, crisis leadership and the role of the United States in international relations. In keeping with Senator Lugar’s tradition of evaluating issues based on merit, the Symposium ensures students are presented with a balanced view of the issues, rather than a partisan viewpoint.

The Lugar Symposium will start at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2020. Members of the public are encouraged to join the virtual keynote by registering via this link.

About the Lugar Academy
More than 20,000 promising students have participated in the Lugar Symposium during the past four decades, gaining wisdom, insight and access to some of the finest minds available. Principals from every high school in Indiana are asked to select three outstanding student leaders from their junior class to attend the Symposium. Sen. Richard G. Lugar (April 4, 1932 – April 28, 2019) served as a Distinguished Trustee, a former professor of political science and received an honorary degree from the University of Indianapolis, among 46 colleges and universities which bestowed Lugar with the honor during his lifetime. Lugar was a fifth-generation Hoosier who left the United States Senate as the longest-serving member of Congress in Indiana history. The symposium that bears his name was launched in 1977 as an opportunity to discuss with students topics of local and global importance.

About the University of Indianapolis
The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top National Universities by U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of nearly 5,600 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100+ undergraduate degrees, more than 40 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. More occupational therapists, physical therapists and clinical psychologists graduate from the University each year than any other state institution. With strong programs in engineering, business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.” Learn more: