The Lee H. Hamilton Fellowship was created in 2010 by the IAS and the Center on Congress to honor the ideal of public service and the career of Lee H. Hamilton who served with distinction in the U.S. House of Representatives for thirty-four years (1966-1999).  Hamilton Fellows are selected annually and invited to the Bloomington campus to give an address on a matter of public concern and to meet with students, faculty, and other interested groups.
The Hamilton Fellowship Program is now housed in the School of Journalism


David Ignatius, Imagining a Lee Hamilton Foreign Policy for 2013, MP4 VIDEO

Date: Monday, November 18, 2013                            

Presentation of the Lee H. Hamilton Public Service Fellowship Plaque by

Ted Carmines, Professor of Political Science



Washington Post columnist David Ignatius has spent 35 years as an editor, reporter and columnist writing on global politics, economics and international affairs. His columns appear twice weekly in the Post, his articles have been published in numerous magazines, and he is a frequent guest on Sunday morning political talk shows.

After 10 years at The Wall Street Journal covering business and politics, Ignatius joined The Washington Post in 1986 as editor of the Sunday Outlook section. He served as the Post’s foreign editor from 1990 to 1992, supervising the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. He began writing his column in 1998.

Ignatius received the 2000 Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary, a 2005 Edward Weintal Special Citation and the 1984 Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting. He served as a Fisher Family Fellow to the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School.

Ignatius is the author of several books, including eight espionage novels inspired by his in-depth examination of political affairs. One of those, Body of Lies, was adapted as a Hollywood film.

Ignatius’s appearance was co-sponsored by the IU Center on Congress and the IU School of Journalism.




Jim Lehrer, A Conversation with Jim Lehrer, MP4 VIDEO

Date:  Friday, April 13, 2012



Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor of PBS NewsHour, is best known for nearly three decades of anchoring the flagship news program on public television. He left his on-air position in 2011 but remains with the program as Executive Editor and occasional on-air analyst.


Lehrer is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award, two Emmys, and the George Foster Peabody Broadcast Award. He has served as moderator for 11 presidential and vice-presidential debates and has crafted a second career as an author of books and plays.

While on campus (April 13-14), Lehrer gave a public address, A Conversation with Jim Lehrer, and received the inaugural Lee H. Hamilton Public Service Fellowship award from the IU Institute for Advanced Study and the Center on Congress. He also met with faculty and students.