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Core Area 3: Modern & Contemporary

Radical Jews from Karl Marx to Noam Chomsky (JS1111.03)

Feb. 1, 2015—From the Syllabus: In this course we will be study leading “radical” Jewish intellectuals and writers of the 19th and, moreover, 20th century by examining the basic ideas they promoted, and by assessing the approach they take to social issues...

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From Einstein to Chomsky: Revolutionary Sciences in Jewish America (JS1111.07)

Feb. 1, 2015—From the Syllabus: This course will survey work of Jewish writers, scientists and philosophers who were interested in “new scientific techniques” aimed at uncovering the structural, mathematical, psychic, poetic or biological basis of language. The impetus for this interest came...

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Jews and Muslims: A Modern History (JS1111.09)

Feb. 1, 2015—Catalog Description: Independent learning and inquiry in an environment in which students can express knowledge and defend opinions through intensive class discussion, oral presentations, and written expression. From the Syallbus: What do you think of when you hear the words...

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Perspectives in Modern Jewish History (JS1240)

Jan. 23, 2015—Catalog Description: Meaning and origins of modern Jewish history from 1492. The diverse experiences of Jewish communities across the globe. Men’s and women’s redefinition of Jewish identity as they confronted modernity. Rise of secular rights for Jews but also of...

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Modern Jewish Thought (JS2300)

Jan. 12, 2015—Catalog Description: Jewish intellectual responses to major transformations of modernity. Impact of secularization, universalism, pluralism, nationalism, and gender theories on Jewish thought and identity. Conflicting perspectives of tradition, education, culture, and religion. Relationship between Israel and the diaspora. Next Offered:...

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American Jewish Life (JS 2400)

Jan. 9, 2015—Catalog Description: Diversity, individualism, and change in Jewish life. Food and culture, memory and identity, gender and assimilation, Reform-Conservative-Orthodox culture wars From the Syllabus: This class explores key trends, innovations, dilemmas and flashpoints in contemporary American Jewish life. We ask...

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The Jewish Diaspora (JS2450)

Jan. 9, 2015—Catalog Description: Changing Jewish communities, especially outside the United States and Israel, in macro-historical context. Post-communist European Jewish identity. New global diasporas and their relationship to the largest Jewish communities in Israel and the United States From the Syllabus: Of...

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Modern Israel (JS2500)

Jan. 9, 2015—Catalog Description: Internal dynamics, debates, and conflicts within Israeli society. Political, social, and cultural transformations from the 1980s to the present. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible for Credit in: Taught by: INT No Religious Studies Zalashik Register...

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Power and Diplomacy in the Modern Middle East (JS2540)

Jan. 9, 2015—Catalog Description: History of the Middle East in the 19th and 20th centuries with an emphasis on U.S. involvement after 1945. U.S. relationship with Israel, and its impact on the region. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible for...

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Social Movements in Modern Jewish Life (JS2560)

Jan. 8, 2015—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...

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Modern & Contemporary Experience Courses from other Departments

Jun. 1, 2013—Divinity: 5444, The Holocaust Representation and Reflection. European Studies: 2208, Conspiracy Theories and Rumors in Euorpean and U.S. History. German: 1111.02, Representing the Holocaust. History: 1111.18, The Life, Science, and Times of Albert Einstein; 1482, World War II. Political Science:...

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