Leon Wieseltier

United States, 1952

Leon Wieseltier is an American-Jewish thinker and the founder and editor of Liberties, a new journal of culture and politics. He was educated at the universities of Columbia, Oxford and Harvard where he was selected to the Society of Fellows. From 1983 to 2014 Wieseltier was the renowned literary editor of The New Republic. He is the author of Against Identity (1996) and Kaddish (1998), which was translated into many languages and has become a classic about love, death, the accursed questions and the quest for wisdom. His essays on culture, religion, and history have been published in many international journals and magazines. He has published many translations of Hebrew poetry into English.  In 2013 he won the prestigious Dan David Prize for outstanding achievement in the humanities. Since 2001 Leon Wieseltier has been a regular contributor to the publications and events of the Nexus Institute.