Keuka College’s Provost’s Lecture Series continues Thursday, Oct. 20 with a presentation by Dr. Harvey Wolf Kushner, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and director of the Homeland Security and Terrorism Institute of Long Island University.

An internationally recognized authority on terrorism, Dr. Kushner will discuss “Election 2016: Protecting the Home Front.” Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in Hegeman Hall, room 109.

Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, Americans will elect our next president. What are the risks s/he will face as commander-in- chief? From ISIS inspired terrorism to cyber attacks on our infrastructure, Dr. Kushner will give an insider’s view of what our new POTUS will confront on Jan. 20, 2017—Inauguration Day.  

Dr. Kushner’s distinguished career as a college administrator and professor spans nearly four decades.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Queens College, and a master’s and doctoral degrees from New York University.

Dr. Kushner has experience with some of the most important court cases involving international terrorism, such as the U.S. Embassy Bombings Trial. He wrote the expert’s report for a successful multimillion-dollar civil litigation arising out of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. In addition to other court cases involving terrorism, he advised 9/11 and Pan Am 103 families, and others touched by acts of international and transnational terrorism within and outside the United States.

After the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Dr. Kushner testified on terrorism and safety in New York City’s public spaces before the City Council of New York. He was invited by the 9/11 Commission to participate in a VIP-briefing before the release of its final report, and appeared as a terrorism expert before the DHS’s Homeland Security Advisory Council.

The author of numerous articles and five books on terrorism, Dr. Kushner’s latest work is Holy War on the Home Front: The Secret Islamic Terror Network in the United States. Law enforcement agencies across the country and throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Police Service of the United Kingdom, have used Dr. Kushner’s analysis in that book on the connection between drugs and terrorism to guide their own investigations.

His best-selling Encyclopedia of Terrorism is considered the gold standard of terrorism reference works, and has won numerous awards from such organizations as the American Library Association and the Library Journal. His other books include Terrorism in America, The Future of Terrorism, and Essential Reading on Political Terrorism.

He has been an advisor to elected officials, military personnel, as well as foreign governments. He has served as a trainer for federal agencies from the Department of Homeland Security to the FBI, among others. He worked for the U.S. Probation Department as an analyst for criminal investigations, intelligence, and terrorism.

Dr. Kushner has given speeches nationally and internationally, addressing such diverse audiences as the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.; U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N. C.; the United Nations Office at Vienna, Austria; and the National Security Bureau in Warsaw, Poland. He has also spoken at such universities as the University of Colorado, Mount Holyoke College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Lehman College, and Texas A &M University, among others.

From exposing terrorists on “The O’Reilly Factor” to explaining high alert on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” to discussing airport security on “Larry King Live,” Dr. Kushner is seen on all the cable and television networks. He has worked as a contributor and guest host for FOX News Channel and MSNBC, as well as hosted his own call-in talk shows on WABC radio in New York and WGBB on Long Island.

Keuka College has established the Provost’s Lecture Series as a special series for scholarly and social discussion of current issues relevant to the campus and local community. Approximately three times each semester, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Paul Forestell will invite a Keuka College faculty member, or guest speaker from off-campus, to share their expertise on select topics.