Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
How are young Indiana mayors ushering in change in their communities? What can pollsters tell us about Indiana's role in national politics? How do things actually get accomplished in city government? These topics and more will be covered through panels and break-out sessions at the first annual Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership.
Senator Richard Lugar will join national, regional and local experts on Oct. 9 to provide a wide range of experiences on politics, policy and civility. The event is open to students and the public. UIndy faculty and staff are invited to attend, free of charge.
What: Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership
When: Wednesday, Oct. 9
Where: Schwitzer Center, UIndy Hall, University of Indianapolis (1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis). Free parking is available on UIndy's campus in lots 17 and 19 (see campus map).
8:30 a.m.: Registration
9 a.m.: Young Guns Roundtable Discussion
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will moderate a discussion with three recently elected Indiana mayors, all under the age of 35: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo and Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes.
10 a.m.: Debunking the Civility Myth with Jim Fuller and Ray Boomhower
Historians Jim Fuller (University of Indianapolis) and Ray Boomhower (Indiana Historical Society) explain why incivility is not a new occurrence in politics.
Jim Fuller will begin with "Traitors! How Governor Morton Crushed the Rebels and Copperheads in Indiana," followed by Ray Boomhower, who will take the stage with "Harrison, Cleveland and the 'Blocks of Five:' The 1888 Presidential Election."
11 a.m.: Behind the Scenes of City Government
We'll find out how city government actually works on this panel featuring deputy mayors from the four most recent Indy mayors: Michael Huber, Mike O'Connor, Anne Shane and Dave Frick. Moderated by Melina Kennedy.
Noon - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch and keynote conversation between former Senator Lugar and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Separated by geography and party, Buttigieg and Lugar in fact share a number of striking similarities: both were high school valedictorians and Rhodes scholars; Lugar served his country in the Navy and Buttigieg serves in the Navy Reserve (and will be deployed to Afghanistan in 2014); and, of course, both became mayors well before the age of 40.
Register for the Oct. 8 evening event here.
The Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership is hosted by the University of Indianapolis’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives, in partnership with Indiana Humanities. It is made possible through the generous support of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation.
UIndy’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives uniquely blends past, present and future. Founded in 2011, the Institute houses the archives of innovative mayors Richard Lugar, William Hudnut III, Stephen Goldsmith and Bart Peterson, and also is a hub for conversations about vital issues in civic life.
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating program that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk.
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