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Former Senator Richard G. Lugar to Speak at Franklin College

Former Senator Richard H. LugarSen. Richard G. Lugar will present the lecture “Is National Unity Possible? Achieving Political Cohesion in an Era of Group Demands, Media Fragmentation and Individual Expression,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Branigin Room located in the Napolitan Student Center. His lecture is the second in the college’s 2016-17 Convocation Lecture Series.

A fifth generation Hoosier, former Sen. Lugar left the United States Senate as the longest-serving member of Congress in Indiana history, serving from 1977-2013. He also served as the mayor of Indianapolis from 1968-1976. He was awarded an honorary degree from Franklin College in 1983. Lugar is currently the president of the Lugar Center, a nonprofit organization focusing on global food security, weapons of mass destruction non-proliferation, aid effectiveness and bipartisan governance. He also serves as a professor of practice and distinguished scholar at the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University.

Lugar’s convocation lecture coincides with Franklin College’s exhibit from The Remnant Trust, Inc. The exhibit, featuring original, first and early edition pamphlets, manuscripts and complete works, is on display at the college’s B.F. Hamilton Library through Friday, Dec. 2.

The exhibit includes original, first and early edition pamphlets, manuscripts and complete works  by Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle, Congress, Frederick Douglass, Homer, John Locke, Niccolo Machiavelli, John Stuart Mill, Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Thomas Jefferson and William Shakespeare, among others.  The majority of these items are books, but the exhibit includes several manuscripts as well as two clay tablets dating back as far as 2500 B.C. E.  A guide with information about each piece in the exhibit can be viewed at http://franklincollege.libguides.com/remnanttrust.

The exhibit is open for viewing Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will have extended viewing hours, until 6:30 p.m., prior to Lugar’s lecture.  Beginning the first week of October, the library will also host weekly open sessions, where material will be on display for visitors to handle and touch. These sessions will be Wednesdays from 9 to10 a.m. and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Individuals or groups who wish to view the exhibit at other times should submit a request to reference@FranklinCollege.edu or by calling 317.738.8162.

Franklin College extends its deepest gratitude to John D. Peterson for his generosity in making the 2016 Remnant Trust Exhibit possible for our community.

Admission to the lecture and exhibit is free and open to the public.

Franklin College tradition includes hosting an annual Convocation Lecture Series promoting the ideals of the institution. The college upholds a common set of values that enhances the community and sustains personal, spiritual, intellectual and professional growth for a lifetime. The college values people of integrity, a commitment to inclusivity, a culture of intellectual curiosity, the drive for innovation and creativity and the spirit of community.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Marketing and Communications at 317.738.8185.

(Posted Sept. 21, 2016)


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