University Lecture with Professor Ira Katznelson
host the University Lecture
Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University
What is Toleration?
Reflections on Jews, Civic Membership, and the Western Liberal Tradition
Grudging, fragile, and controversial, toleration is indispensable as an alternative to persecution and coercion in situations marked by deep cultural and religious diversity. Utilizing four episodes in English history- the expulsion of the country's Jews in 1290, their readmission in the mid-1650s, the fate of the "Jew Bill" of 1753, and the seating of the first confessing Jewish member of Parliament in 1858- the lecture offers a genealogy of toleration. In so doing, it probes the "of course" in Friedrich Hayek's ringing assertion that "toleration is of course an essential and inseparable part of the great tradition of liberalism."
The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
Professor Katznelson delivers his University Lecture to a full house in the Low Memorial Library Rotunda. The address was titled, "What is Toleration?"
Professor Katznelson, Columbia's Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, expounds on the nature of toleration on his March 30, 2009 University Lecture.
Professor Katznelson greets enthusiastic audience members and fields their questions, following the event.