Marian University Announces 2015-16 Global Studies Speaker Series

by Julia Kelb | Oct 09, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS Marian University announced today the list of speakers for its Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies Speaker Series for the 2015-16 academic year. All lectures are free and open to the public, and several present opportunities for interaction with the speakers following their presentations.

The series kicked off Sept. 17 with speaker Caroline Brennan and her speech called “At the Frontlines: Field Update from the Most Pressing Humanitarian Crises Today.” Brennan is the senior communications officer for Catholic Relief Services’ Humanitarian Response Department. She has reported from the frontlines of crises around the world, from Syrian refugee camps to Ukraine to Nepal after the recent catastrophic earthquake. The appearance was co-sponsored by Catholic Relief Services and the Center for Interfaith Cooperation.

United States Senator Dan Coats will continue the series on Oct. 23 and present “Indiana and the World.” The speech is co-sponsored by the American Council on Germany. Coats represents the State of Indiana in the United States Senate, where he serves on three Senate committees: Finance, Select Intelligence, and the Joint Economic Committee.

George Srour
, founder and chief dreamer of Building Tomorrow, Inc. (BT), will give a talk called “Re-Imagining Rural Education in East Africa” on Nov. 10. BT is an Indianapolis-based social profit organization catalyzing communities and individuals in support of access to quality education for students in East Africa.

Keeping with tradition, Former Senator Richard G. Lugar will give the Annual Global Studies Address called “America and the World” on Dec. 6. Lugar represented Indiana in the United States Senate for 36 years. The director of The Lugar Center in Washington, D.C., he is an unwavering advocate of United States leadership in the world, strong national defense, nuclear non-proliferation, free trade, alternative energy, and education.

On Jan. 28, Jeffrey H. Smulyan carries on the series into 2016 with a presentation called “The Future of Global Telecommunications.” Smulyan serves as founder and chairman of the Board of Emmis Communications Corporation, an Indianapolis-based radio and magazine publishing company with operations in nine United States markets.

Founding director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East at Indiana University Ambassador Feisal Istrabadi will talk about “The Future of Iraq” on Mar. 31. Istrabadi was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Deputy Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations in 2004.

Finally, Mark Miles closes the series on Apr. 6 with his speech titled “The Indianapolis 500 Mile Race:  A Century of Global Impact.” Miles is chief executive officer of Hulman & Company, whose holdings include Clabber Girl, Georgetown Realty, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, INDYCAR, IMS Productions, and several other business entities.

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