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Fall 2015 courses:

New Course: Starting in Fall we will have a new professor in our Jewish Studies program: Gabrielle Berlinger who will teach in American Studies. Below is information on a new course she is offering in fall semester:

FOLK 490.001 – Special Topics:  Traditions in Transition: Jewish Folklore and Ethnography
Wednesday, 3:30 pm – 6:20 pm, with Gabrielle Berlinger

Course Description:  This course introduces students to the variety of folkloristic expression in Jewish American communities today, as well as to the ethnographic documentation of such expression. We will examine Jewish storytelling, humor, ritual, custom, belief, dress, and food, among other genres of folklore, using the history of Jewish folklore and ethnology to provide context for their current forms. Drawing upon ethnographic studies, literary sources, historical documents, films, and field trips, we will discuss what makes these forms of vernacular expression Jewish, how source communities interpret them, and how ethnographers document them, to engage such issues as representation, identity, memory, and tradition. Students will learn ethnographic skills to conduct a final community-based fieldwork project. Multimedia components are welcome.

NOTE: the capstone course will now be offered in Spring 2016 instead of this fall: Capstone Course: ‘Looking Jewish’: Material Culture of Jewish America (RELI 697/JWST 697: Capstone Course in Jewish Studies):  This upper-level seminar will examine the Jewish experience in America from the colonial period to the present through the lens of material culture, popular culture, and visual culture.  Students will explore how Jewishness has been portrayed, performed, and represented in American life through material culture, the visual and decorative arts, film, stage, television, museum exhibits, and digital platforms. We will also consider the narratives and symbolic meaning of the everyday artifacts of American Jewish life, from food to ‘tchotchkes’ to synagogues and sacramental objects.  12 student seminar; meets weekly 2.5 hours.

Undergraduate Courses:

FOLK 490.001 – Special Topics:  Traditions in Transition: Jewish Folklore and Ethnography W 3:30– 6:20PM. Gabrielle Berlinger

AMST/JWST 253 Jewish Women in America M-W-F 2:30-3:20PM. Marcie Cohen Ferris

GERM 56 (First-Year Seminar) Germans, Jews, and the History of Antisemitism M-W-F 11:15AM-12:05PM. Jonathan Hess

RELI 63 (First-Year Seminar) Archeology of Qumran M-W 5:00-6:15PM. Jodi Magness

RELI/JWST 103: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Literature M-W 1:25-2:15PM. David Lambert

RELI/JWST 106: Introduction to Early Judaism M-W 1:25-2:15PM. Jodi Magness

RELI 123/JWST 100: Introduction to Jewish Studies M-W 11:15AM-12:05PM. Andrea Cooper

RELI 242: New Religious Movements in America Tu-Th 3:30-4:45PM. Yaakov Ariel

HIST 398.001: Antisemitism: History, Causes, Consequences Tu-Th 12:30-1:45PM. Flora Cassen

RELI 420: Post-Holocaust Ethics and Theology M 3:30-6:20PM. Andrea Cooper

JWST 465/SLAV 465/PWAD 465: Literature of Atrocity: The Gulag and the Holocaust in Russia and Eastern Europe M-W 3:35-4:50PM. Hana Pichova

AMST 486/JWST 486: Shalom Y’all: The Jewish Experience in the American South M-W-F 10:10-11:00AM. Marcie Cohen Ferris

RELI 542: Religion and the Counterculture Th 6-8:50PM. Yaakov Ariel

Language courses:

HEBR 101-001: Elementary Modern Hebrew I M-W-F 9:05-9:55AM. Ana Sprintzik

HEBR 101-002: Elementary Modern Hebrew I M-W-F 12:20-1:10PM. Ana Sprintzik

HEBR 203: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I M-W-F 10:10-11:00AM. Ana Sprintzik

HEBR 305: Advanced Modern Hebrew I Tu-Th 2:00-3:15PM. Yaron Shemer

Graduate Courses:

RELI 602: What is Scripture? Formations of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Canon Tu 6-8:50PM. David Lambert


Spring 2015 courses

Undergraduate Courses:
HIST 82 FYS: Modern Jewish Identity Karen Auerbach
ASIA 89 FYS: Israeli Popular Culture- The Case of Music  Hanna Sprintzik
RELI 108: Classic Jewish Texts Evyatar Marienberg
JWST 110/RELI 110/CLAR 110: New Testament Archaeology Jodi Magness
JWST 153/HIST 153: Jewish History to Enlightenment  Flora Cassen
ASIA 235: Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity Yaron Shemer
JWST 262/HIST 262/PWAD 262: History of the Holocaust Karen Auerbach
JWST 289: Jewish-American Lit
ASIA 357: The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community, and Co-existence Yaron Shemer
MUSC390H: Hearing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Mike Figueroa
HIST 398-002: Antisemitism: History, Causes, Consequences Flora Cassen
JWST 444/RELI 444: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Judaism Andrea Cooper
JWST 512/RELI 512/CLAR 512: Ancient Synagogues  Jodi Magness
ENGL 129-007: The Holocaust and Slavery in American Fiction & Film  Danielle Christmas
Language courses:
HEBR 102: Elementary Modern Hebrew II Hanna Sprintzik
HEBR 204: Intermediate Modern Hebrew II Hanna Sprintzik
RELI 212: Classical Hebrew II: A Linguistic Introduction to the Hebrew Bible Joseph Lam
Graduate Courses:
RELI 712: Early Jewish History and Literature  David Lambert