Ted Widmer

A Test Case for America:
Washington, Longfellow, and the Jewish Community at Newport



September 19, 2012
7:01 PM ET


FPC Parish House
3 Church St., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Cambridge Forum welcomes TED WIDMER, director of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, for a discussion about religious tolerance in America.

Widmer will speak about George Washington’s 1790 letter to the Jewish community in Newport, Longfellow’s poem on the same theme, and the curious career of religious tolerance in American politics.

Co-sponsored by the National Park Service, Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters NHS, the Friends of the Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters, the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, and by Ann Daily. 

In honor of Frances Ackerly.

Ted Widmer
Ted Widmer

Ted Widmer

Ted Widmer is Director of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, one of America's premier centers for research into early American history. From 2001 to 2006, he was the inaugural director of the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College, where he created programs designed to enliven the teaching of American history and politics to diverse groups, ranging from Muslim college students in historically anti-American regions of the world to elementary students in underfinanced public school districts of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He designed the prototype for the American Studies Institute, a collaborative project with the State Department that brings young Muslims to the United States for summer programs, and created the George Washington Book Prize, which awards $50,000 to the author of the best book on the founding era (co-sponsored by Mount Vernon and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History).  Dr. Widmer is the author of Martin Van Buren, Campaigns: A Century of Presidential Races, and Young America: The Flowering of Democracy in New York City, and has edited the two volumes of American Speeches: Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The New York Observer, and The American Scholar.  Between 1997 and 2001, he was a foreign policy speechwriter and senior adviser to President Clinton. Previously, he taught at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D., A.M. and A.B degrees.

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