Big happenings in Btown

This is the time of year when, despite the weather, activities really start heating up at IU Bloomington. Next week is no exception, with several major happenings taking place, starting with a lecture on Monday by former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, the longest-serving senator in Indiana’s history and new faculty member in the new School of Global and International Studies.

Richard Lugar

Richard Lugar

Lugar, who last month was given the faculty title of distinguished scholar and professor of practice, will present the Patrick O’Meara International Lecture, named for IU’s first vice president for international affairs who oversaw IU’s global efforts for two decades. The lecture is free and open to the public, who will have the opportunity to hear from, to borrow from IU President Michael McRobbie, “one of Indiana’s giants of international diplomacy.”

Continuing with the international theme, on Tuesday IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel will discuss academic initiatives at IU Bloomington in the global context of higher education during her inaugural State of the Campus address. Robel, who is well known in the campus and community having served as dean of the IU Maurer School of Law from 2003 to 2012, will use the occasion to formally introduce herself in her new role as the campus’ chief academic officer. She’ll also talk about the initiatives she is leading to ensure that IU students are acquiring the type of knowledge and critical thinking capabilities they’ll need to succeed and thrive in an increasingly global society. These include the launch of the new School of Global and International Studies and newly established IU Gateway-India, announced earlier this week, which will serve as a home base for IU teaching, research, international study and distance learning activities in the country. Nearly 1,000 Indian students currently study at IU.

IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel will deliver her inaugural State of the Campus address on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel will deliver her inaugural State of the Campus address on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Robel’s address will be open to the public and available via live stream video. Additionally, IU Communications will offer live tweets from the event.

For a preview of the types of topics Robel is likely to discuss, listen to this podcast from last spring featuring the then-interim provost chatting with President McRobbie about her new roles and responsibilities and her vision for the IU Bloomington campus.

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