Historical 2003-20

Since the Global Studies Speaker Series was launched in Spring 2004 with the establishment of the Franciscan Center for Global Studies, LFCGS has hosted numerous foreign and US diplomats and academics, elected representatives, clergy, international journalists, musicians, and global activists. LFCGS has also hosted or co-sponsored major panel discussions, conferences and multi-part series, including the 2006 Indianapolis Summit on Citizen Diplomacy; the 2007 Workshop on Darfur; the 2009 Open Square Forum on International Violence against Women; the two-part series on Torture and Interrogation in an Age of Terrorism in 2011; the interfaith panel discussion on Egypt and the Middle East: One Year after Mubarak in 2012; the Three- Part Series on American Foreign Policy and Global Leadership in an Age of Partisan Division and the Panel Discussion on Bioethics and Global Health: Challenges for the 21st Century, both in 2013-2014; the Three-Part Series on Refugees and Migration in 2016, the Two-Part Series on Energy and Sustainability in Spring 2018; and the 2019 panel discussion on “Germany, Thirty Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall.”

The average audience for LFCGS public events is approximately 100-125 people from on and off-campus, with record attendance exceeding 500. In Spring 2017, LFCGS hosted the Indianapolis debut screening of the film The Sultan and the Saint with a capacity interfaith audience from central Indiana. LFCGS has partnered with many local and national globally focused organizations and the events are filmed and posted on Marian’s iTunes U page and on YouTube. The widely publicized Speaker Series provides opportunities to connect Marian University students and faculty with the increasingly international and multicultural community of central Indiana. The 2019-20 speaker series will mark the fourteenth consecutive year of LFCGS collaboration with Catholic Relief Services.

Historical 2003-2020

  • 2003-2004

  • 2004-2005

  • 2005-2006

  • 2006-2007

  • 2007-2008 (FCGS renamed The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies, December 2007)

  • 2008-2009

  • 2009-2010 (series sponsored by Citizens Energy Group)

  • 2010-2011

  • 2011-2012

  • 2012-2013 (Tenth Anniversary of the Global Studies Speaker Series)

  • 2013-2014

  • 2014-2015

  • 2015-2016

  • 2016-2017

  • 2017-2018 (15th Year of the Speaker Series)

  • 2018-2019

  • 2019-2020

Over the years, LFCGS has partnered with the following organizations on the Global Studies Speaker Series:

American Jewish World Service  Archdiocese of Indianapolis 
Catholic Relief Services Christian Theological Seminary 
Citizens for Global SolutionsConsulate of Japan at Chicago
ENOUGH: Coalition to Stop Genocide and Mass Atrocities Family Violence Prevention Fund 
Franciscans Network-Cincinnati Holy Dove Foundation 
Hoosier Environmental Council Indiana Coalition to Save Darfur 
Indiana Council on World Affairs Indianapolis Civic Theatre
Indianapolis-Eldoret Sister Cities Committee
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indianapolis Peace Institute 
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
International Center of Indianapolis
International Interfaith Initiative 
IU-Kenya Partnership
Japan-American Society of Indiana 
Jewish Community Relations Council
Nationalities Council of Indiana
Plowshares Peace Studies Collaborative
Sagamore Institute
Spirit & Place
Stanley Foundation
Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office-Chicago
Taiwanese-American Association of Indianapolis
Consulate of China at Chicago
America China Society of Indiana
Center for Interfaith Cooperation
Asian Learning Center of Indiana 
Muslim Alliance of Indiana
National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library
Unity Productions Foundation (film producer)
Islamic Society of North America
Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, Indiana University
American Council on Germany  Indy Global Chamber
Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy, IUPUI  WFYI Public Broadcasting 
Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis
CANDLES Holocaust Museum

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