Globally Engaging—Together

At Hamilton Lugar, our ethos is rooted in global engagement. But for us, this term has always been about more than America's role in the geopolitical landscape. It's about celebrating differences, seeking understanding, and immersing ourselves in the languages, cultures, and perspectives shaping our world. Some believe this commitment to globalism is harder to maintain in the COVID era—that isolation is more important than solidarity.

We see it differently.

Global progress depends on a deeper understanding of our shared humanity. That's why we created Globally Engaging Together (#GETHLS), a hub for the Hamilton Lugar School community—and those who share our values—to connect with one another and plug in to the stories impacting our global community.

To the Hamilton Lugar School Family

This has been a horrific week in the history of our country, with Americans fighting for their lives in their homes, our hospitals, and our communities. The cruel killing of George Floyd reflects the continuing history of racial injustice for Black and brown people in our country. In remembering George Floyd, we also remember the countless others who have died because of the color of their skin. We stand in solidarity with our students, faculty, and staff and with all the members of our community in the fight against racism and intolerance, overt and covert.

HLS message of solidarity on recent national events and injustices

From the HLS blog

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The Global Perspective

As the novel coronavirus spreads and its impacts deepen, affecting people in our own communities and families, it is a good time to consider its effects on our emotional, psychological, and social lives. Anxiety, loneliness, fear, and grief may all become more acute as the pandemic continues. So how might we take care of ourselves and those close to us?

Maintaining Mental Health and a Sense of Togetherness During COVID-19

From the HLS blog

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The Pick-Me-Up: Movies

Stuck watching the same movies? Check out this week's picks!

Submitter: Amb. Lee Feinstein, HLS dean

The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Missing (1973), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Stalker (1979), Wings of Desire (1987), Spirited Away (2002), In Darkness (2011), Roma (2018), Atlantics (2019), American Factory (2019)

The Pick-Me-Up: Books

Here's what we're reading this week!

Whistleblowers: Honesty in America from Washington to Trump by Alison Stanger

Misconduct by those in high places is always dangerous to reveal. Whistleblowers thus face conflicting impulses: by challenging and exposing transgressions by the powerful, they perform a vital public service—yet they always suffer for it. This episodic history brings to light how whistleblowing, an important but unrecognized cousin of civil disobedience, has held powerful elites accountable in America.

2020 America's Role in the World® panelist Alison Stanger analyzes a range of whistleblowing episodes, from the corrupt Revolutionary War commodore Esek Hopkins (whose dismissal led in 1778 to the first whistleblower protection law) to Edward Snowden, to the dishonesty of Donald Trump, Allison Stanger reveals the centrality of whistleblowing to the health of American democracy. She also shows that with changing technology and increasing militarization, the exposure of misconduct has grown more difficult to do and more personally costly for those who do it—yet American freedom, especially today, depends on it.

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The Pick-Me-Up: Recommendations


Here are a few of our favorite podcasts to start the day and keep us informed. Shows are linked to iTunes but are available wherever podcasts are found (e.g., Spotify, Stitcher). 

HLS Radio

Check out (and dance to!) our collaborative Spotify playlist for the HLS community. Have some tunes to add? Log in and add to the playlist!

HLS Community Spotlight

Congratulations to HLS grad Tyler Combs, who recently finished second in the 2020 Jeopardy! College Tournament and was awarded $50,000! Prior to proving his global knowledge on the nation's greatest quiz show, Combs was already a bit of an HLS celebrity, having won the inaugural America's Role in the World® Student Editorial Contest (judged by The New York Times' Carol Giacomo) with the opinion, "For America to Save the Liberal World Order, We Must Admit that We Broke It." In 2020, he introduced the ARW session on Presidential Elections and US Foreign Policy with Marie Harf, Whit Ayres, Geoffrey Garin, Alison Stanger, and Bill Whitaker. Combs hopes to put his education in political science and Russian and East European Studies to use in a foreign policy or national security career.

Tyler Combs, class of 2020

Political Science, Russian & East European Studies

Got recs?

What are you reading and watching? Share your picks with us and we'll post them on #GETHLS and our social media pages!