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Fall 2016

But is it art? Jews, photography, and photojournalism in Britain, 1860-2016 Presented on October 6th by Michael Berkowitz

In a critical period for both journalism and the popularization of the fine arts in Britain, a disproportionate share of press photographers, as well as editors, art-editors, and picture-agency heads were of Jewish origins from 1918 to 1951.  Britain’s foundational…

Introduction to Jewish Studies (JS1002W)

  Catalog Description: Introduction to Judaism and Jewish history through philosophical, political, social, and artistic perspectives. Biblical studies; antiquity and the medieval world; modern and contemporary experience; and culture, philosophy, and literature. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible…

Civil Rights and Wrongs: Black-Jewish Relations in the 1950s and 1960s (JS1111.04)

From the Syllabus: Blacks and Jews have shared a long and varied history together, particularly in the American context, as there have been strong forces pulling the two groups simultaneously together and apart.  Through an examination of historical and literary…

Israeli Culture Through Film (JS 2220)

  From the Syllabus: Cinematic representations of modern Israeli culture. Historical, social and political aspects. Constructions of national identity. Treatments of war and conflict, ethnicity, gender, Zionism, and more. One weekly required screening on Wednesday at 7pm. This course is…

Witnesses Who Were Not There: Literature of the Children of Holocaust Survivors (JS2250W)

Catalog Description: Fiction and non-fiction produced by children of Holocaust survivors. From the Syllabus: While much has been written about and by those who survived the German concentration camps during World War II, both fiction and nonfiction, relatively little has…

Jewish Humor (JS2280W)

Catalog Description: The flowering of Jewish humor, especially in the U.S. during the twentieth century. Vaudeville, radio comedy, and the Golden Age of television. The careers and works of influential comics, writers and filmmakers, and the development of stand-up comedy. The…

Social Movements in Modern Jewish Life (JS2560)

Catalog Description: How social movements shape contemporary American Jewish culture and politics. Explores movements internal to Judaism and those bringing religion into the public sphere. From the Syllabus: Social movements change worlds. They mobilize and empower people to shape policy…

Elementary Hebrew (HEBR 1101)

This course will provide introduction to alphabet, the basics of grammar, and elementary conversation in the Hebrew language. As the vocabulary will expand, grammatical structures will be incorporated through the exposure to different kinds of texts. Aspects of Israeli culture…

Intermediate Hebrew (HEBR 2201)

This course will concentrate on developing a significant level of linguistic and communicative competence in Hebrew. Active and passive lexicon will be expanded and advanced grammatical structures will be introduced through exposure to different kinds of texts. Aspects of Israeli…