Annual Scholarship Event

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Honoring Secretary James A. Baker, III

Rep. Lee Hamilton and James Baker III on the cover of NewsweekThe Hamilton Lugar School will honor former US Secretary of State and Treasury James A. Baker III at its exclusive Annual Scholarship Event.

Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, who celebrates his 90th birthday in April, will introduce Secretary Baker. The veteran statesmen co-chaired the Iraq Study Group, the 2006 blue-ribbon commission panel that recommended options for US policy in Iraq. Secretary Baker, who was also White House Chief of Staff in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, will be interviewed by New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser and New York Times Chief White House correspondent Peter Baker, co-authors of the New York Times Best Seller, "The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III."

In 1991, Baker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. From 1997 to 2004, he served as the personal envoy of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to seek a political solution to the conflict over Western Sahara. In 2005, he and former President Jimmy Carter co-chaired the Federal Commission on Election Reform. The following year, Baker and former US Congressman Lee H. Hamilton co-chaired the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan blue-ribbon panel examining a forward-looking approach to Iraq.

Baker’s memoir, "Work Hard, Study...and Keep Out of Politics!," was published in October 2006. Presently, he is a senior partner in the Houston-based law firm Baker Botts.

Make an impact

Proceeds will go towards scholarships as part of the Hamilton Lugar School’s Global Leadership Scholars Program.

$1,000: Host Committee

  • Individualized invitations to host virtual table of ten attendees
  • Recognition prior to and at event
  • Priority status for event Q&A
  • Sponsor event attendance for ten HLS students

$500: Sponsor

  • Individualized invitations for five attendees
  • Sponsorship recognition
  • Sponsor event attendance for five HLS students

$250–$499: Supporter

  • Attendance for up to two guests
  • Sponsor event attendance for three HLS students

If you wish to donate but cannot attend, please contact the Hamilton Lugar School's Office of Development at (812) 856-7900 or, or make your gift to the Lee H. Hamilton and Richard G. Lugar Global Leadership Scholars Program today to support scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students.

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