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Cardin Lecture to feature international bestselling author Daniel Mendelsohn

| By Stephanie Weaver
Author Daniel Mendelsohn
International 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., in McGuire Hall.

The lecture, "Latkes with the Priests in Lwów: Jews and Christians, Harmony and Horror in Prewar Poland," is free and open to the region’s academic and religious communities and the general public. 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, The Lost has been published in over 15 languages. 

Mendelsohn’s third collection of essays, Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones, will be published in October. These essays examine how we continue to look to the Greeks and Romans as models: some argue for the surprising modernity of canonical works (Bacchae, the Aeneid), while others detect a “Greek DNA” in our responses to the Boston Marathon bombings and the assassination of JFK. 

The Cardin Lecture will be followed by a book signing with Mendelsohn and kosher reception featuring desserts and beverages. Registration is required by visiting loyola.edu/cardinlecture. For more information, call 410-617-2973 or email advevents@loyola.edu.

About the Cardin Lecture
The Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture was established in 1986 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. Notable speakers have included Chaim Potok, Cornel West, Taylor Branch, Adam Gopnik, Stephen Greenblatt, Susannah Heschel, and Robert Alter.
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