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JS 2555: Creative Writing from Jewish Perspectives

Feb. 21, 2020—JS 2555: Creative Writing from Jewish Perspectives Catalog description: Creative writing course with readings as broad how-to guides. How Jewish and non-Jewish writers engage with or distance themselves from their their socio-ethnic/religious identity. Reading and writing in multiple genres including short...

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New faculty publications by Julia Phillips Cohen and Judy Klass

Feb. 14, 2020—Our JS interim director and professor, Julia Cohen, has recently published a short article titled “American Days, Turkish Nights” about Turkish Jews in the US. Congratulations Julia! Read more here at: http://www.sephardiclosangeles.org/portfolios/american-days-turkish-nights/ Professor Judy Klass currently has three of her...

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Judy Klass’ new play “Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One” performed in Nashville

Mar. 28, 2019—  Judy Klass’ new play “Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One” is being performed at Chaffin’s Barn Theater in Nashville March 28-30. The comedy follows Alan as he flies to Florida for a family emergency during Passover, only to...

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FYS: Jews in Hollywood (JS-1111.12)

Nov. 2, 2017—Catalog description: Immigrant Jews built the twentieth century movie industry as a patriotic U.S. fantasyland. We’ll examine how Jews created the Hollywood studio system and how Hollywood has chosen to represent and often not represent Jews. We will discuss roles in...

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Jewish Humor (JS-2280W)

Nov. 2, 2017—  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....

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Judy Klass Receives Act One: One Act Publishing Offer

Mar. 23, 2016—Judy Klass’s short play Ismene’s Press Conference, a re-imagining of Antigone by Sophocles, is in press at Brooklyn Publishers, which has already published two of her short plays as stand-alone scripts. Her short play Performance Art recently made the finals in the...

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Jewish Humor (JS2280W)

Jan. 15, 2015—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...

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Imagining the Alien: Jewish Science Fiction (JS 2290W)

Jan. 13, 2015—Catalog Description: Science Fiction and speculative fiction by Jewish writers in cultural context.  Aliens, robots, and secret selves; time travel: Utopia, political critique, and questions of Jewish identity. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible for Credit in: Taught...

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American Jewish Songwriters (JS2420W)

Jan. 9, 2015—Catalog Description: From Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley through the invention of the Broadway musical, to Brill Building writers, the birth of rock and roll, folk singers and the present day. Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Carole King, Bob...

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Judy Klass

Jul. 19, 2013—Senior Lecturer of Jewish Studies and English B.A. (Sarah Lawrence College) M. Phil and D. Phil. (Oxford University) 615.875.9679 j.klass@vanderbilt.edu 333 Buttrick Hall Judy Klass is a Truman Scholar. Seven of her full-length plays and thirty-five of her one-act plays...

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