Former U.S. Congressman Steve Israel recently joined LIU as chairman of the LIU Global Institute and distinguished writer in residence on Jan. 4, following his retirement from Congress.
“Steve Israel has played a significant role in shaping our nation and the world during his 16-year tenure serving as the representative for New York’s third congressional district,” said Kimberly R. Cline, president of LIU. “His experiences on the House Armed Services and Appropriations Committees, as well as his role within House Leadership, have uniquely positioned Steve to provide LIU with expertise and guidance as we build a world-class global studies institute.”
The launch event for the LIU Global Institute, which will focus on foreign policy and national security issues, will feature Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell on March 2, 2017 at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post. Israel’s official congressional records will be housed at LIU and accessible for students and researchers.
Israel said, “As a United States Congressman, I’ve always been drawn to LIU, its faculty and students. It’s a jewel in New York’s third congressional district. The LIU Global Institute will be a premier regional platform for understanding a world that’s increasingly volatile, uncertain and complex. Our non-partisan mission will include bringing world leaders, thinkers and analysts to campus; serving as a resource for the University as well as regional business leaders and social activists for information and analysis of world events; and helping to prepare students to change our world with new models of innovation and social entrepreneurship.”
Israel’s official congressional records will be housed and curated at LIU Post’s B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library. Materials will include correspondence, emails and historical documents providing a behind-the-scenes look at how Congress dealt with major issues including 9/11, the Global War On Terror, the 2008 financial meltdown and the Affordable Care Act, as well as a glimpse into daily life in Congress and the responsibilities of serving in the House leadership.
“Long Island University is honored at having been chosen to host the Global Institute and the Israel papers,” said Eric Krasnoff, chairman of LIU Board of Trustees and former chairman, president and CEO of Pall Corporation. “Housing these records on campus will give LIU students and faculty a unique view into how our political system works and how future leaders might work to improve it.”
As a distinguished writer in residence, Israel will continue his passion for writing books, following his critically acclaimed debut satire, The Global War On Morris.
Visit www.tillescenter.org for more information about A Conversation with Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret.) on Thursday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Tilles Center.