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Joe Lieberman to Speak at Playhouse on April 3

Joseph Lieberman
Joseph Lieberman

Former Democratic vice-presidential candidate and U.S. Senator from Connecticut Joseph Lieberman, who is known for working across party lines and later became an independent, will deliver the 2014 Donald J. Sutherland Lecture on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse.

Lieberman’s address, “The Case for American Engagement in a Dangerous World”, comes amid escalating tensions over Russia’s annexation of Crimea, including U.S. sanctions against Russia to prevent further incursions into Ukraine. The lecture is sponsored by Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Political Science and the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency.

Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is suggested. The event can also be viewed live, online.

Lieberman is a former chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs who helped establish the 9/11 Commission and shepherd legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security. In 2012, he was recognized with the Department of Homeland Security’s Distinguished Service Award.

He served four terms in the Senate, three terms as a Democrat and his last as an independent, retiring in January 2013. He ran for vice president as a Democrat in 2000, becoming the first Jewish candidate on major political party presidential ticket.

“Joe Lieberman has played a key role in the nation’s politics for more than two decades. He is that rare elected official who is both deeply principled but able to seek consensus,” said Dr. Richard Himelfarb, PhD, a political science professor who helps organize the annual Sutherland Lecture. “He’s a patriot who has devoted his life to public service. These qualities, along with his reputation for kindness and decency, make Joe Lieberman an exemplary choice to deliver the Sutherland Lecture.”

The Sutherland Lecture is named for the former trustee who endowed the annual event. This year’s lecture is also co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of University Relations.

“Former Hofstra University trustee, the late Don Sutherland endowed this annual lecture in 1998 because he believed that exposure to a wide range of ideas was central to the liberal arts,” said Dean Bernard Firestone of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Previous speakers have included poet Robert Pinsky, novelist Salman Rushdie, presidential biographer Robert Caro, historian Deborah Lipstadt, urban affairs specialist Fred Siegel, and Governor Mario Cuomo. This year’s speaker, Senator Joseph Lieberman, is a worthy addition to this impressive list of Sutherland lecturers.”

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