EDWARDSVILLE — Retired U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, plans to reflect on nearly 25 years in the U.S. House of Representatives when he speaks at 7 p.m. Thursday at Abbott Auditorium in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Lovejoy Library.
Costello serves as the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Leader in Residence at the SIU Carbondale campus. The event is sponsored through a partnership of the Civic Education Project, which is a public service initiative of the SIUE political science department, and the Political Science Association.
"This event is part of a lecture series on the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses that aims to further civic education and engagement," said Laurie Rice, an associate professor of political science at SIUE and Civic Education Project coordinator.
Costello is scheduled to discuss a variety of topics, including how Congress has changed during the past 25 years, the lessons he learned as a public servant and what today's political leaders can do to address critical issues facing the United States.
The event is free and open to the public.