March 27th: David Purdie: In Search of Rabbi Salis Daiches: biography, migration, and Jewish geography

David will discuss the life, work and publications of David Daiches, the second director of Edinburgh University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH). Daiches’ orthodox upbringing as younger son of Rabbi Dr Salis Daiches led on, via George Watson’s College and Edinburgh and Oxford Universities, to a glittering career in academia, with a diplomatic interval at the British Embassy in Washington DC during World War II.

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David Purdie is a Honorary Fellow of IASH, his central interest being the literary component of the 18th century Scottish Enlightenment. He is an editor of works by Hume and Burns.

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