The Bonser Distinguished Lecture Series honors Charles F. Bonser, Dean Emeritus in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The initial endowment fund for the series was provided by Bonser. This funding, combined with additional contributions, ensures the continuation of educational opportunities and attracts corporate executives, government leaders, and leading academics to the Bloomington campus.
Charles (Chuck) Bonser first joined Indiana University in 1960 as Assistant Director of the Business School's Bureau of Business and Economic Research. During his 37 year career with IU he held several important positions in both the School of Business and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. These included Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Business (1969-1971) and Professor and founding Dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (1971-1988). Upon leaving the Deanship of SPEA, he was appointed to the Ameritech Endowed Chair in Economic Development and Director of the Institute for Development Strategies. He retired from active faculty service in 1997.
Chuck has been active in public policy circles throughout his professional life, and has served, while on leave of absence from IU, in executive posts at both the federal and state levels.
2015, April 17
An Insider’s View of the Affordable Care Act
Sherry Glied, Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
2014, March 25
Trial by Error or Trial by Fire?
Michael C. Burda, Professor of economics, Humboldt University of Berlin
2013, April 16
Entrepreneurship as a Cure for Europe's Growth Woes?
Simon Parker, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship - Richard Ivy School of Business
2011, October 11
The design, function, purpose, operation and issues of a large, corporate-model, nonprofit company
Kevan P. Lawlor, President and Chief Executive Officer of NSF International
2010, March 25-26
The Evolution of Modern Diplomacy
Sir Ivor Roberts, President of Trinity College at the University of Oxford
2008, October 13-14
Does U.S. Climate Policy Really Matter?
Stephen H. Schneider, Professor of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies - Stanford University
2006, April 7-8
Perspectives on Monetary, Financial, and Economic Integration (Conference)
Presentations by: Haizhou Huang (Barlays Capital), George Tavlas, (Bank of Greece), Clemens Kool (University of Utrecht), Franco Spinelli and Carmine Trecroci (University of Brescia), Heejoon Kang (Indiana University), George von Furstenberg (Indiana University), Patrick Minford (Carthiff Business School), Thomas Willett (Claremont McKenna Graduate University), John Pattison (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce), John Kirton (University of Toronto), Paul de Grauwe (University of Leuven), Juergen von Hagen (University of Bonn), and Paolo Savona (Luiss Guido Carli University of Rome)
2005, April 1
Regional Integration and Security (Conference)
Presentations by: Alan V. Deardorff (University of Michigan), Michele Fratianni (Indiana University, Kelley School of Business), Herbert Grubel (Simon Fraser University), Quan Li (Pennsylvania State University), and Brian McFillen (Indiana University, Department of Political Science). Discussants were Indiana University faculty: George von Furstenberg (Economics), Jeff Hart (Political Science), Alan Rugman (Kelley School of Business), and Michael McGinnis (Political Science).
2004, April 22
Reflections on Iraq
Admiral William Crowe, Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff & Former US Ambassador to Great Britain
2003, March 27
Famous Fables of Economics: Myths of Market Failures
Daniel Spulber, Director of International Business, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
2002, April 18
Challenging the Corporation: How Activists Influence Corporate Policy
David Baron, professor of political economy and strategy at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business
2000, October 10
Welfare, Children and Families: The Impact of Welfare Reform in the New Economy
William Julius Wilson, Director of the Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program at Harvard University
1999, October 21
Innovation Investment Chains: The Public Policy Interface
Jack Harding, President and CEO of eSilicon (current), Cadence Design Systems (former)
1999, February 18
Critical Review of Clinton Foreign Policy
Senator Richard Lugar