Loyola University Maryland

Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture

Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture presented by Daniel Mendelsohn


Loyola University Maryland is proud to announce that internationally bestselling author, award-winning critic and essayist Daniel Mendelsohn will deliver the 2019 Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m., at Loyola University Maryland. Mendelsohn’s lecture is titled, “Latkes with the Priests in Lwów: Jews and Christians, Harmony and Horror in Prewar Poland.” Delving into a rich store of family anecdote and legend, Mendelsohn will explore how relative harmony between diverse cultures and religions can devolve into tales of horror – and, sometimes, of heroism.

In addition to serving as editor-at-large of the New York Review of Books and the director of the Robert B. Silvers Foundation, Mendelsohn teaches classics and literature at Bard College. He is the author of eight books, including The Elusive Embrace (a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year); An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic (named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Newsday, Library Journal, The Christian Science Monitor and Kirkus); and The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, about Mendelsohn’s quest for information about six relatives who perished in the Holocaust.

A New York Times and international bestseller, The Lost won the National Books Critics Circle Award, the National Jewish Book Award and the Salon Book Award in the United States, as well as the Prix Médicis in France and many other honors in the United States and abroad. With more than half a million copies in print, it has been published in over 15 languages.

The Cardin Lecture will be followed by a book signing with Mendelsohn and kosher reception featuring desserts and beverages. Free and open to the region’s academic and religious communities and the general public, registration is required by visiting loyola.edu/cardinlecture.

About the Lecture

The Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture was established by the Jerome S. Cardin family to foster exploration of topics in the humanities pertinent to the Jewish and Christian traditions, particularly in the area of Jewish-Christian relations. The annual lecture, hosted by the Center for the Humanities at Loyola University Maryland, is open to the region’s academic and religious communities and the general public.

For more information on previous lectures, please visit Celebrating the History of Cardin.