Lugar Series & Symposium

Here are just a few notable lecturers from past years: 
  • Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State
  • Sen. Olympia Snowe
  • Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary of State
  • Richard C. Holbrooke, Ambassador
About the Series 

The Richard G. Lugar Symposium in Public Policy, a biennial speaker series, brings prominent public servants to the campus to address issues of national and international concern.

The series was established by donations to the Golden Anniversary Fund at the 50th reunion of the class of 1954 in honor of their distinguished classmate, Former Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.).

Series Archives


Sen. Richard Lugar ’54 and Sen. Bob Graham: ‘Political Polarization’ (66342)
April 13, 2016
The Lugar Symposium with Senator Richard Lugar '54 and Senator Bob Graham on "Political Polarization."


Robert Gates (38358)
April 23, 2015
Denison University's Lugar Symposium welcomes Robert Gates, the 22nd secretary of defense.


Senator Olympia Snowe
Senator Olympia Snowe
April 18, 2013

Olympia Jean Snowe (born February 21, 1947) is a former American politician who was a United States Senator from Maine and a senior fellow for the Bipartisan Policy Center.


Secretary Madeleine Albright
Secretary Madeleine Albright
April 14, 2011

Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright is an American politician and diplomat. She is the first woman to have become the United States Secretary of State.


Ambassador Christopher Hill
Ambassador Christopher Hill
October 23, 2008

Christopher Robert Hill (born 1952) is an American diplomat who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq from 2009-2010.

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke
Ambassador Richard Holbrooke
April 17, 2008

Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke (April 24, 1941 – December 13, 2010) was an American diplomat, magazine editor, author, professor, Peace Corps official, and investment banker.

He was the only person to have held the position of Assistant Secretary of State for two different regions of the world (Asia from 1977 to 1981 and Europe from 1994 to 1996).


Senator Sam Nunn
Senator Sam Nunn
October 13, 2005

Samuel Augustus “Sam” Nunn, Jr. (born 1938) is an American lawyer and politician. Nunn served for 24 years as a United States Senator from Georgia (1972 until 1997) as a member of the Democratic Party.