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Politics, Justice, Environment and More: LIU Post Announces 2012 Provost Distinguished Lecture Series

Speakers include Nassau County D.A. Kathleen Rice, Innocence Project Founder Peter Neufeld, ‘Radical Simplicity’ Author Jim Merkel, Egyptologist Bob Brier and a panel of experts on the presidential election

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Jennifer Davidson,Director of Community Relations
Long Island University, LIU Post
516-299-3500

Brookville, N.Y. -- From environmental sustainability and the use of DNA testing to overturn wrongful convictions to prospects for the upcoming presidential election, the Provost Distinguished Lecture Series at LIU Post will cover a wide range of topics with an impressive roster of speakers this fall.

Established in 2008, the series features prominent leaders and thinkers who share their experiences and expertise on topics of interest to the Long Island community. "This lecture series has established itself as one of the university's most prestigious cultural offerings," said LIU Post Provost Dr. Paul H. Forestell. "I look forward in this, the fifth season of the forums, to providing the region with an outstanding opportunity to engage with some of today's greatest minds."

On Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 12:30 p.m. in the Engelke/Astoria Federal Savings Lecture Hall, Room 119, Humanities Hall, political strategists Arthur "Jerry" Kremer and Michael Dawidziak will serve on a panel discussion titled, "LIU Votes: The Presidential Race," moderated by LIU Post Political Science Professor Stanley Klein. The panel will address the presidential race with a focus on the economy, energy, student loans and other current issues of the day. Dawidziak is president of Strategic Planning Systems Inc. and was a consultant to George Bush's 1988 and 1992 presidential campaigns. Kremer served in the New York State Assembly for 23 and chaired the powerful Ways and Means Committee. The lecture is co-sponsored by LIU Votes and the Division for Student Success.

The lecture series continues with a look at the world's fascination with ancient Egypt. On Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall, Dr. Bob Brier, world-renowned Egyptologist and Senior Research Fellow, Long Island University will discuss "Egyptomania."

Kathleen RiceNassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 12:30 pm at the LIU Tilles Center Atrium. Rice, whose presentation, "Old Problems, New Solutions: A Progressive Prosecutor's Approach," is the first woman in Long Island's history to be elected district attorney.


Jim MerkelJim Merkel, the author of "Radical Simplicity:  Sustainable Lifestyles for Global Equity" and the "Global Living Handbook," appears Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 12:30 pm in Humanities Hall, room 119. Founder of the Global Living Project, Merkel teaches at Unity College, writes, lectures and consults with campuses and municipalities on sustainability initiatives.


Peter NeufeldPeter J. Neufeld, JD, co-founder and director of The Innocence Project, will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 12:30 p.m. in Humanities Hall, room 119. The Innocence Project has exonerated some 300 inmates, including 17 on death row. Neufeld and law partner Barry Scheck served on O.J. Simpson's defense team with the late Johnnie Cochran.


Admission to the Provost Lecture Series is free and the public is invited to attend.
LIU Post (formerly known as the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University) campus is located at 720 Northern Blvd, Brookville, NY. For information visit www.liu.edu/post/provostlecture or call the Office of Community Relations at (516) 299-3500 or email neighbor@liu.edu.

Posted 08/27/2012

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