To change the world, we must first seek to understand it.
The newly launched School of Global and International Studies (SGIS) at Indiana University has a dual focus that sets it apart from other schools. First, it seeks to research and teach the languages, literatures, histories, and cultures of strategically important regions of the world. At the same time, it examines crucial contemporary issues that transcend national and regional borders—security, trade and development, and human rights. One of the guiding principles of the SGIS is the belief that governments, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations cannot effectively respond to regional and global challenges without understanding how these issues impact individuals and their communities.
IU has long been celebrated for its excellence in teaching languages and cultures, and the School of Global and International Studies builds on that storied tradition. In tandem, the SGIS is rapidly developing expertise in providing pragmatic, nonpartisan solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. Perhaps no one better exemplifies the visionary problem-solving skills that the SGIS hopes to instill in its students than two of our celebrated faculty members and internationally respected statesmen, retired senator Richard Lugar and retired congressman Lee Hamilton.
At a time when other schools are cutting back their funding of area studies, IU has chosen to make a significant investment in this new school. In October 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry helped dedicate the beautiful, state-of-the-art Global and International Studies Building at the center of campus. To ensure the highest-quality teaching and research, the school is in the process of hiring 25 new faculty members.
With the launch of For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign, we seek the critical private support to further develop this elite new school and to position it for success for decades to come.