Lugar Documentary to Premiere on Campus
Campus News

Senator LugarFranklin College will present the premiere of the documentary, “Richard Lugar: Reason’s Quiet Warrior,” at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 30.

The premiere will be in the Branigin Room of the Napolitan Student Center, with a post-premiere reception immediately following in the Johnson Atrium on the first floor.

The event is free and open to the public; however, RSVPs are requested in order to plan appropriately for seating. 

The hour-long documentary captures the life of Sen. Richard Lugar, retired, who served as an U.S. Senator representing Indiana from 1977 to 2013. It is a production of WFYI Public Media and, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

The documentary will air on WFYI-TV on Monday, May 21.

“This documentary creates an invaluable opportunity for our students to have a great learning experience telling an important story about a significant figure in the history of Indiana, America and the world,” said John Krull, director of the Pulliam School of Journalism at Franklin College.

Public donors to the project include Marianne Tobias, Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Sandi Huddleston, Marty Morris, P.E. MacAllister, John Guy and Emmis Communications.

This is the third documentary Franklin College journalism students, faculty and staff have produced in collaboration with WFYI Public Media.

The first,  “Bill Hudnut: Twilight Reflections, Evening Meditations,” earned an Emmy Award in the Interview/Discussion – Program Series/Special category in 2016.  The 30-minute documentary shed light on the legacy and health challenges of former Indianapolis Mayor William H. “Bill” Hudnut III, who served four terms from 1976 to 1992.

The second, “The Past in the Present: Historic Preservation in Indianapolis,” aired on WFYI-TV last December. It traced the ways the historic development movement has shaped Indiana’s largest city.

For additional information, contact Kailey Turner, coordinator of donor relations and stewardship, at 317.738.8041 or

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please email

(Posted March 27, 2018)

POSTED Apr 13, 2018