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Scholar, journalist, and author Daniel Mendelsohn to discuss "The Lost," his international best seller exploring the fate of family members during the Holocaust. Tuesday, April 15, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Daniel Mendelsohn will discuss his acclaimed book The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, in which he investigates the fate of family members who perished in the Holocaust, on Tuesday, April 15, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 212 of Sanders Classroom Building. This event is Vassar’s 2008 Dr. Maurice Sitomer Lecture, and it is free and open to the public.

Published in September, 2006, The Lost was described as “the most gripping, the most amazing true story I have read in years” in The New York Review of Books. O magazine called the book “stunning...beautiful and powerfully moving,” the Los Angeles Times said it is “magnificent and deeply wise,” and People magazine made it a four-star critic’s choice.

Mendelsohn is the Chares Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College, and the author of two other books, The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity (Knopf, 1999; Vintage, 2000), and Gender and the City in Euripides’ Political Plays (Oxford University Press, 2002). This summer HarperCollins will publish his new collection of essays, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken, and he is also working on a new translation of the complete works of the modern Greek poet C. P. Cavafy.

Mendelsohn is also an active journalist, whose articles, essays, reviews and translations appear frequently in such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Nation, Esquire, and The Paris Review. From 2000-2002, he was the weekly book critic for New York magazine, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Reviewing in 2001. Since 2000, he has been a frequent contributor of book, film, and theater reviews to The New York Review of Books, and was awarded the 2002 George Jean Nathan Prize for Drama Criticism. He is also a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure.

Mendelsohn’s work has been widely anthologized in collections including “The Best American Travel Writing,” “The Mrs. Dalloway Reader,” “Quick Studies: The Best of Lingua Franca,” and (for “Republicans Can Be Cured!”, his satirical New York Times Op-Ed piece about the discovery of a gene for political conservatism) “Best American Humor.”

Among his other honors, Mendelsohn was the recipient of a 2005 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. In April, 2008 he was the Richard Holbrooke Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin.


In 1984 Mrs. Arlene Sitomer honored her husband by endowing the Dr. Maurice Sitomer Lecture Fund, to invite speakers who enlighten, inspire, and encourage understanding of Jewish culture. Dr. Sitomer ‘s broad leadership and service in the Poughkeepsie community included serving as President of the Hudson Valley Council of B’nai B’rith, chairman of the Democratic Party for the Town of Poughkeepsie, and as an organizer of Arlington Post #1302 of the American Legion. In 1984 he was honored as the Man of the Year by the Arlington Rotary, of which he was a charter member.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, April 8, 2008