From Selden to Mendelssohn: Hebraism and Religious Freedom


Location: 119 O'Shaughnessy Hall

Eric Nelson (Professor of Government, Harvard University) will present a paper entitled, “From Selden to Mendelssohn: Hebraism and Religious Freedom.” A light breakfast will be provided.

Graduate faculty are invited to share this message with any doctoral advisees who may be interested. Any graduate students interested in joining Prof. Nelson for lunch following the talk should email John McCormack ( as soon as possible.

Prof. Nelson is visiting Notre Dame to receive the Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies for his book The Hebrew Republic: Jewish Sources and the Transformation of European Political Thought (Harvard University Press, 2010). A small number of copies of the book are available free to graduate students attending this talk. Again, please email John McCormack as soon as possible if you would like to reserve a copy.

All are encouraged to attend his Laura Shannon Prize lecture on Thursday, November 15. The lecture, “The Lord Alone Shall be King of America: European Hebraism and the Republican Turn of 1776,” will take place at 5:00pm at the Eck Visitors’ Center Auditorium.

This discussion is part of the Mellon-ISLA Interdisciplinary Workshop, “Religious Freedoms, Modern Contexts.” More information is available at