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‘Spring 2015’

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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Issues in Rabbinic Literature (JS2150)

Jan. 21, 2015—Catalog Description:History of Rabbinic thought from its origins to the Middle Ages through the reading of central Rabbinic texts. Capital punishment, women in Rabbinic culture, sectarianism, and the power structures of Roman Palestine and Sasanian Babylonia. Next Offered: AXLE Category:...

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American Southern Jews in Life and Literature (JS2230W)

Jan. 19, 2015—Catalog Description: From colonial times to the present. Interactions between Southern Jews and other Southerners, and between Southern and Northern Jews. The Civil War, Jewish economic activities, and the civil rights movement. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible...

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Black-Jewish Relations in Post-War American Literature and Culture (JS2240W)

Jan. 17, 2015—Catalog Description: The historical relationship between African Americans and Jewish Americans and its portrayal in novels, short stories, and films by artists from both communities. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible for Credit in: Taught by: Spring 2017...

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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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Jews and Greeks (JS 2640)

Jan. 8, 2015—Catalog Description: From the seventh century BCE to ca. 1500 CE. Sites of interaction, languages, cultural ties, religious tensions, political conflicts, and competing philosophies. Works by Elephantine, Alexander the Great, the Maccabees, the Septuagint, Aristeas, Josephus. Next Offered: AXLE Category:...

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Jewish Animals (JS 3890 Special Topics)

Jan. 5, 2015—Special Topics Course: Throughout the centuries verbal and visual images of animals (pigs, dogs, vermin, rodents, apes, etc.) have been used to debase and bestialize Jews. What then is going on when Jewish writers employ such animal figures in their...

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Secularism (JS 3890 Special Topics)

Jan. 3, 2015—Special Topics Course: Secularism is a cultural phenomenon commonly associated with the contemporary world, especially the modern Western world. Its precise character, though, is quite elusive, pointing to attitudes and cultural forms that vary widely from each other. Secularism poses...

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Senior Project in Jewish Studies (JS 4970)

Jan. 1, 2015—  Course Description Readings and independent research. Prerequisite: senior standing. (This course will satisfy the Senior Capstone requirement for the Jewish Studies major. Senior Capstone project proposal must be approved by the Jewish Studies Program’s director of undergraduate studies.) [3]...

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