HEB 002: Elementary Hebrew
MTWF 10:00 - 10:50am
Speaking, listening, comprehension, reading and writing fundamentals of modern Hebrew.
RST 12: Abrahamic Religions (The Emergence of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam)
TR 10:30 - 11:50am
Jews, Christians, and Muslims all trace their origins to one biblical patriarch - Abraham. But who was Abraham? Did he really exist? And, if they all claim to come from the same source, how did Judaism, Christianity, and Islam develop into distinct traditions? In this class, we will learn about the historical roots of these three religious traditions in the ancient world. We will read their foundational documents to find out what Jews, Christians, and Muslims themselves believe about their own origins, how they understand their own scriptures and founding figures, and how each tradition has developed over time. We will also reflect on how religious practitioners navigate the desire to remain true to an ancient tradition, and the necessity of adapting to changing circumstances.
AHI 120A/HMR 120A: Art, Architecture, Human Rights
MW 2:10 - 4:00pm
Study of human rights as they relate to art, architecture, and cultural heritage. Examines museums, art collections, and cultural-heritage management, their relation to the cultural prerogatives of communities and indigenous groups, and protection of cultural heritage during war and conflict.
COM 147: Modern Jewish Writers
TR 9:00 - 10:20am
We will be reading a range of modern Jewish writers, focusing primarily upon European and American writers; some of our reading material will include experience during the Holocaust (or Shoah) but that will not be the emphasis of this course. Likely authors to be read and discussed include Kafka, Cynthia Ozick, Isaac Babel, Philip Roth, and the Nobel Prize Winners, Saul Bellow, Imre Kertesz, and Patrick Modiano. Two exams, one paper.
GER 116: Jewish Writing & Thought in German Culture
TR 12:10 ‐ 1:30pm
The most widespread association people have with German-Jewish culture is undoubtedly the Holocaust, the cataclysm that brought this culture to an end. But if we remember only the Holocaust, we forget what this extraordinarily creative tradition contributed to Jewish, German, and world culture. For 150 years—between the late 1700s and the rise of the National Socialists to power in 1933—Jews in Germany and German-speaking lands produced a body of works and ideas that have left an indelible mark on our modernity. An astonishing number of the salient currents in modern Jewish life have their origins in Germany. The Jewish Enlightenment began in Berlin at the end of the 18th century with the great Berlin philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. It was a Viennese playwright and journalist, Theodor Herzl, who invented political Zionism at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. It was a Viennese Jewish doctor, a contemporary of Herzl’s—Sigmund Freud—who invented psychoanalysis. In this course, we will explore works by important German-Jewish artists and intellectuals, in addition to those already mentioned, such as Heinrich Heine, Franz Kafka, Charlotte Salomon, Else Lasker-Schüler, Arthur Schnitzler, and Walter Benjamin. Course readings will include prose literature, poetry, philosophy, political theory, theology, psychoanalysis, and painting.
HEB100BN: Advanced Modern Hebrew II
MWF 11:00 - 11:50am
Third year Hebrew. Advanced grammar and composition. Focus on reading of literary texts, oral skills and accuracy in writing.
HIS 112A: Jewish Mysticism and Hasidism
TR 9:00 - 10:20am
This course will introduce students to the basic texts and concepts of the Jewish mystical tradition. We will begin with esoteric thinkers of the Middle Ages who developed the set of symbols called Kabbalah. The course will then turn to the Lurianic Kabbalah of the sixteenth century and the Sabbatian messianic movement of the seventeenth. The last part of the course will explore the ideas of Hasidism, a popular pietistic movement that began in eighteenth-century Poland and continues to this day.
HIS 201W/102X: Mediterranean Passages: The Theory and Practice of a Regional History
Susan Gilson Miller
W 2:10 - 5:00pm
The Mediterranean has been called the navel of the world. Since ancient times, it has been a sea of passage, trade, and conflict. In this seminar we consider the many ways in which the Mediterranean has been imagined, mapped, and written about from ancient times until the present by looking at various themes framing the idea of the Mediterranean. We begin by thinking about the viability of the Mediterranean as a geographical and cultural unit through the lens of ancient Greek lyrical poetry. From there we move to other topics, such as cities and routes, war and piracy, concepts of honor and shame, gender, ethnic cleansing, migration and displacement. Finally, we shall consider how historical narrative contributes to defining this region as a constituent of global history.
HMR 131: Genocide
MW 1:10 - 2:30pm
Comparative and critical study of the modern phenomenon of genocide from religious, ethical and historical perspectives.
POL 179: Israeli Politics
TR 1:40 - 3:00pm
This course offers an introduction to the domestic politics of Israel in comparative perspective, including issues of internal cultural diversity, religion and politics, fragmentation of the political party system, and coalition governance. The course will introduce students to the domestic conflicts and institutional procedures for resolving them that characterize the state of Israel. The comparative perspective means that we will discuss the key ways in which Israel is “typical” of other democratic political systems, such as the United States and European countries, as well as ways in which it differs from these comparison cases. Specific focus will be placed on the controversies among Israeli political parties and other actors over the relative emphasis on the state’s Jewish and democratic characters, including the role of religion in society and politics, and the status of the country’s Arab citizen minority. While the course is not focused on the Israeli–Arab conflict or on Palestinian politics, understanding of how the domestic Israeli political process works is essential for understanding the wider conflict and possible solutions to it.
SOC 174: Sociology of the Holocaust
TR 3:00 - 4:30pm
The purpose of this course is to study and analyze the Holocaust from a sociological perspective. Before exploring that exactly that means, we will begin by briefly reviewing key aspects in the history of the Holocaust, including questions about uniqueness and comparison. We will consider differences between individual and collective memory of the Holocaust, including the role of museums and memorials. Other topics will include the role of testimonies, gender and families, resistance, and how children of survivors well as children of perpetrators deal with their inheritances. In addition to readings, we will view a number of films. This course requires intellectual engagement and active participation. The challenge in this course will be to step back from the actual events in order to engage in a sociological analysis.
HIS 11: History of the Jewish People in the Modern World
Susan Gilson Miller
GER 141: The Holocaust and its Literary Representation
HIS 112C: History of Jews in the Muslim World
Susan Gilson Miller
HIS 142A: History of the Holocaust