The Bulen Symposium is a one-day event hosted biennially by the Department of Political Science that focuses on the state of the American political system and its two major parties. It brings together political practitioners, journalists, and scholars, with topics and speakers from the university and the community and is held in conjunction with the national elections. Past symposium topics have included the following:
The symposium is named for L. Keith Bulen, a leading political figure from Indiana who served at the block, precinct, ward, county, district, state, national, and international levels. Prominent individuals from both parties joined in 1998 to honor both his life and contributions by establishing the Bulen Symposium in American Politics.
Past co-chairs of the symposium have represented both major political parties, and public servants with experience in Indiana and at the national level. They include Joseph J. Andrew, Charles Black, Dr. and Mrs Lawrence Borst, Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., Sandra Donovan, Gordon Durnil, Rex Early, David Frick, Stephen Goldsmith, William H. Hudnut III, Andrew Jacobs Jr., US Senator Richard G. Lugar, Michael McDaniel, Mr and Mrs Owen Meharg, James T. Morris, Juhn Mutz, Dr. Dennis Nicholas, Lyn Nofziger, Gordon St. Angelo, John Sears, Dr. Beurt SerVaas, and John Sweezy.
For more information, please contact Prof. Aaron Dusso.