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The Chair enables visiting scholars to stay in Amsterdam for a short while and to give a university lecture series and a public lecture. In 2017 the Chair was occupied for the first time, by prof. Steven Aschheim (Hebrew University). In May 2019, Steven Nadler will hold the Chair.

Prof. Nadler is Max and Frieda Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin. He is a leading expert on Spinoza and wrote an authoritative biography, Spinoza; A Life (1999), winner of the Koret Jewish Book Award for biography. He also wrote about Spinoza’s exile: Spinoza's Heresy: Immortality and the Jewish Mind (Oxford, 2002) and Rembrandt's Jews (Chicago, 2003) which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. In the fall of 2018 he published a biography of Menasseh ben Israel.