The Manekin-Clark Lecture Series

A lecture series that brings scholars to the Baltimore area to lecture on a range of topics relevant to Jewish-Christian relations. 

The Manekin-Clark Lecture is presented annually to honor Bernie Manekin's lifelong commitment to the work of Jewish-Christian relations. The Lecture is made possible by endowment grants from The Clark Charitable Foundation and the Manekin family. These lectures are free and open to the public. 

Upcoming Lecture


This year's Manekin-Clark Lecture will be  presented by Dr. David Nirenberg. His lecture, Collision: Jews, Christians, and Muslims, will address historical and contemporary issues of interreligious relations among these three faiths.

When: Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Beth El Congregation (8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208).
Cost: This event is free and open to the public.
RSPV: Please call Mary Krastel at 410-494-7161 to reserve a seat. 
Downloadable PDF Flyer: click here to download.
Please note: This event will be both photographed and videotaped for ICJS Development purposes.  

Dr. Nirenberg's lecture will focus on his most recent book, Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition (2013), which examines “the multiple ways in which thinking about Jews and Judaism has shaped Christian, Islamic, and modern secular thought.”[1]

About Dr. Nirenberg

David Nirenberg is the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Much of his work focuses on the ways in which Jewish, Christian, and Islamic cultures constitute themselves by interrelating with or thinking about each other. His first book, Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages, studied social interaction among the three groups within the context of Spain and France in order to understand the role of violence in shaping the possibilities for coexistence. In more recent projects, he has taken a less social and more hermeneutical approach, exploring the work that “Judaism,” “Christianity,” and “Islam” do as figures in each other’s thought about the nature of language and the world. In Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition (2013), he attempted to apply the methodology to a very longue durée, studying the work done by pagan, Christian, Muslim, and secular thinking about Jews and Judaism in the history of ideas. Most recently, in Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism Medieval and Modern, he has tried to bring the social into conversation with the hermeneutic, in order to show how, in multireligious societies, lived experiences of interreligious contact interact with conceptual categories and habits of thought, and how this interaction shapes how adherents of all three religions perceive themselves and each other.         

His work on these three religious traditions ranges across literary, artistic, historiographic and philosophical genres. But even more generally, his interest seems to be in the history of how the possibilities and limits of community and communication have been imagined. To that end, he has engaged in some debates about how the possibility of overcoming those limits has been fantasized (such as his essays on the Politics of Love and its Enemies and on Badiou’s Number).  In order to explore these more general questions, he has engaged in two long-term thematic projects: the first, a history of love’s central place in a number of ancient, medieval, and modern idealizations of communication and exchange; and the second, a parallel study of poison as a representation of communication’s dangers.