Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore at Einstein's Berlin home in 1926, from the Albert Einstein Collection at LBI

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    Center for Jewish History

    15 W. 16th St.
    New York, NY 10011


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Leo Baeck Institute and The Asia Society present a lecture by Paul Mendes-Flohr about the fascinating relationship between German-Jewish intellectuals Albert Einstein and Martin Buber and the Bengal Poet Rabindranath Tagore.

By the 1930s, European intellectuals had become interested in Eastern art and philosophy, especially in divergent concepts of art, science, music, education and religion. At that time, Rabindranath Tagore was the preeminent representative of Eastern culture – a Nobel laureate, poet, writer, artist and thinker whose world travels brought him into contact with luminaries from all disciplines.

Einstein and Buber represented Western, European intellectuals whose interests and ideas ranged from politics to music. Tagore corresponded and met with each during his visits to Europe, and their discussions covered topics including politics, Zionism, science, art literature, and religion.

Tagore identified the value of culture as a transnational basis for global justice, human rights and peace. Paul Mendes-Flohr, Professor of Modern Jewish thought in the divinity school at the University of Chicago will examine the cultural identities that informed this fascinating dialogue.

The lecture will complement the Asia Society’s current exhibition of paintings by Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, The Last Harvest.