Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at IU

Indiana University hosted a big name in American politics Thursday.

Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech for the university's School of Global and International Studies at the IU Auditorium.

His speech was to commemorate the opening of the new Global and International Studies Building. 

"Secretary Kerry's visit comes as Indiana University Bloomington opens an exciting new chapter in our strong history of international engagement," said IU Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel. 

Kerry was the first sitting secretary of state to visit the campus in 20 years.

Kerry was joined by former Ind. Sen. Richard Lugar and former Rep. Lee Hamilton. Both Lugar and Hamilton are faculty members at the new school. 

"We are deeply honored that Secretary Kerry can join us to address major international issues and recognize IU's and the state of Indiana's commitment to providing students with the deep knowledge and sophisticated experience they need to be active, thoughtful and engaged citizens of the world," IU President Michael McRobbie said in a release.

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