U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to address IU's School of Global and International Studies

  • Oct. 2, 2015


Editor’s note: Broadcast-quality video of Kerry’s address at 11 a.m. on Oct. 15 will be delivered live to Indianapolis television stations via the Bloomington-to-Indy fiber link. All members of the IU community and the general public are invited to view the event at, where it will also be available on an archived basis. More information will be forthcoming about media access during Kerry’s visit.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's School of Global and International Studies will host an address by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Oct. 15 to celebrate the opening of the school's new home on the Bloomington campus.

Kerry, the first sitting secretary of state to visit IU in 20 years, will deliver remarks at 11 a.m. at the IU Auditorium, 1211 E. 7th St.

His remarks are timed to the school's move into the new, state-of-the-art, 165,000-square-foot Global and International Studies Building, which opened in August.

His address is free and open to the public, but tickets will be required. (Specific ticket information is included at the bottom of this release.)

Kerry will deliver a speech highlighting why American leadership abroad remains more important than ever and outlining priorities for U.S. foreign policy in a changing world.

Welcoming Kerry to the university will be IU President Michael A. McRobbie, IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel and Lee Feinstein, founding dean of the School of Global and International Studies. They will be joined by other university leadership, local and state dignitaries, and Kerry's longtime congressional colleagues from Indiana, former Sen. Richard Lugar, who served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former Rep. Lee Hamilton, who chaired the House Committee on Foreign Relations and co-chaired the 9-11 Commission.

IU is making one of the largest investments in international studies in the United States with the establishment of the School of Global and International Studies. The school’s new headquarters is home to 250 scholars who cover every corner of the globe and teach some 70 languages.

Both Lugar and Hamilton are distinguished members of the faculty at the school, which teaches nearly 700 students at the undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. level.

Its new building, for which IU is pursuing LEED Gold certification, is designed by the internationally renowned firm Ennead Architects, which also designed the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and the Clinton Presidential Library.

IU President McRobbie said it was a very appropriate time for IU and its School of Global and International Studies to welcome Kerry to campus.

"Strengthening IU as a great international university by educating the next generation of global leaders and scholars and playing a central role in America's global engagement is one of IU’s most important priorities. It is crucial not only to those of us in Indiana, but across the country and all over the world," McRobbie said. "Each day, Secretary Kerry guides our country through an increasingly complex, integrated and interconnected world that is shaping our contemporary society. Understanding and responding to these forces is of paramount concern to all of us.

"We are deeply honored that Secretary Kerry can join us to address major international issues and recognize IU's and the state of Indiana's commitment to providing students with the deep knowledge and sophisticated experience they need to be active, thoughtful and engaged citizens of the world."

Kerry was sworn in as the 68th U.S. secretary of state in February 2013. He joined the State Department after 28 years in the U.S. Senate, the last four as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

In the Senate, Kerry was a leader on a range of national security and foreign policy issues. He helped secure ratification of the strategic arms agreement, New START, and he chaired the Senate select committee seeking the truth about the fate of Vietnam War POW-MIA's. As a leader on combatting global climate change, Kerry chaired 10 major climate change and energy security hearings and led several legislative efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

IU campus officials expressed their great appreciation for Kerry's visit at a time when the School of Global and International Studies continues to establish itself as a leader among foreign affairs schools whose graduates are equipped to meet the global challenges of the 21st century.

"Secretary Kerry's visit comes as Indiana University Bloomington opens an exciting new chapter in our strong history of international engagement," said IU Bloomington Provost Robel. "We are marshaling our resources in unprecedented ways to provide our students and the world with highly informed global perspectives, through the deep knowledge of faculty members who possess remarkable international expertise."

School of Global and International Studies Dean Feinstein, who served as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Poland from 2009 to 2012, added, "Secretary Kerry's presence honors the commitment of our state and the university to consolidating IU's position as one of the nation's premier institutions for the study of global and international affairs."

Ticketing information:

Free general admission tickets to Kerry's speech will be issued to IU Bloomington students, faculty and staff through using their IU email address beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Student, faculty and staff tickets also may be obtained in person with a valid IU Campus Access identification card at the IU Auditorium Box Office, beginning at the same time.

Remaining tickets, if available, will be distributed to the general public beginning at 10 a.m. on Oct. 12. All tickets are valid until 10:40 a.m. on the day of the event. Any available seats at the time of the speech will be filled by those in a stand-by line.

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