Joe Lieberman
Joe LiebermanOfficial portrait; courtesy of YU

Former United States Senator Joseph Lieberman will deliver his first public seminar as a member of the Yeshiva University (YU) faculty on October 28, the university announced Monday. 

Lieberman’s lecture, titled “Judaism  and Public Service,” will be followed by a Q & A session with students. The event is open to the public, but advance registration is required on YU's website. 

“I am very much honored to begin my work at Yeshiva University this semester,” said Lieberman. “I see this as a great opportunity to share my experiences in government and politics with the students and hopefully engage and spark their interest in public policy and public service.”

Lieberman, who was appointed the inaugural Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service through a gift from University Benefactors Ira and Ingeborg Rennert, will deliver three public lectures and teach one course in the spring.

On Tuesday, November 18, he will present “The Emerging Law of Cybersecurity” at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. A third lecture on foreign policy is planned for spring 2015.

“There are few people who embody Judaism and public service better than Senator Lieberman,” said Dr. Selma Botman, university provost and vice president of academic affairs. “His background and experiences will lend valuable perspective to our students at Yeshiva University.”

Lieberman represented Connecticut in the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 2013 after serving in the Connecticut State Senate for 10 years and as attorney general of Connecticut for six years.

He was the first Orthodox Jew to serve in the Senate and became the first Jewish American to be named to a major political party ticket when Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore selected him as his running mate in 2000. 

Lieberman played an instrumental role in creating a new Department of Homeland Security after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and is also famous for championing, authoring and leading the effort that led to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

In 2008, he received the U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official.