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George Washington Forum Oct. 4-7


Next week the George Washington Forum will host an international conference on God and the Enlightenment.

The conference brings together scholars of early modern European religious and intellectual history to consider the relationship between religion and many of the intellectual innovations associated with the Enlightenment.

The conference opens on Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. with a keynote address by David Ruderman on "The Jewish Enlightenment: Mysticism, Science and Moral Cosmopolitanism" in 240/242 Baker University Center.

Ruderman is the Joseph Mayerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History and the Ella Darivoff Director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the Frederick P. Rose Professor of Jewish History at Yale University before moving to the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. One of the world's leading historians on early modern Jewish intellectual history, Ruderman has published most recently Connecting the Covenants: Judaism and the Search for Christian Identity in Eighteenth-Century England in 2007 and Early Modern Jewry: A New Cultural History in 2010, which won the National Jewish Book Award in History.

The conference will continue on Oct. 5 and 6, when Justin Champion of the University of London, Jonathan Clark of the University of Kansas, Sarah Ellenzweig of Rice University, Brad Gregory of Notre Dame, Paul Lim of Vanderbilt University, Joan-Pau Rubiés of Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Jonathan Sheehan of University of California - Berkeley, Dale Van Kley of Ohio State, and a number of others will present papers.

The event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.