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Sen. Richard Lugar will teach at the University of Indianapolis and help the school start a Washington internship and study program called the Richard G. Lugar Academy after he leaves office at the end of the year.
Lugar, who is 80 years old, made the announcement with UIndy President Robert Manuel on Friday afternoon.
Lugar says his work with the newly-formed academy, both in Indianapolis and Washington, will introduce students to the kinds of issues he has been dealing with for years.
“It seems to me in the area of food and the second one, energy, these are two areas in which the world really has to come up with some solutions,” he says. “These are the kinds of challenges I want to visit with students about and that I hope that many of them might be receptive.”
The senator has hosted symposiums at UIndy for young aspiring leaders for 36 years, and his spokesman says continuing that work is a natural fit to teach students about national and international issues. The academy will include a branch office in Washington and will offer policy studies, conferences and other activities.
Lugar will give three lectures a year on the UIndy campus, in addition to lectures in Washington.
As mayor of Indianapolis and U.S. Senator, Lugar’s political offices have been breeding grounds for some of the best and brightest students and interns. Governor Mitch Daniels got a start as a Lugar intern.
A Lugar spokesman says the senator is also discussing work he can do with Indiana and Georgetown universities.
Sharon Alseth is a reporter at WFYI, the NPR affiliate station in Indianapolis.