Maud Mandel Discusses Current Relationship Between Muslims and Jews

Mandel will deliver the annual Schweitzer Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Maud MandelThe Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith (HGI) Education Center will host Maud Mandel, Ph.D., on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. in Smith Auditorium for the Center’s annual Schweitzer Lecture. Mandel’s talk is titled “Is ‘Fraternity' Possible: Muslim-Jewish Relations in Contemporary France–History and Reflections.” In the face of extremism, Mandel will highlight interrelations engagement and a deeper understanding of the relations between Jews and Muslims today in Europe.

Mandel is professor of history and Judaic studies at Brown University and Brown’s Dean of the College. She is author of In the Aftermath of Genocide: Armenians and Jews in Twentieth Century France and Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict, and co-editor with Ethan Katz and Lisa Leff of the forthcoming Colonialism and the Jews.

Mandel has been awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the American Philosophical Society. Her most recent article, "Simone Weil: A Jewish Thinker?” was published in the volume Thinking Jewish Modernity in 2016.

Prior to the ceremony, there will be a student-led candle lighting ceremony to commemorate Kristallnacht, the series of tragic events in November 1938, when Nazis in Germany set fire to synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses, killing close to 100 Jews.

The Schweitzer Lecture event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., director of the HGI Center at or call (718) 862-7284.

By Pete McHugh