Courses

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The Holocaust in Jewish History and in Global Culture
AS.100.415 (01)

Key works on the history of Nazi Germany’s murder of European Jewry during the Second World War; Jewish responses; the recasting of Jewish and global thought in relation to this signal event; genocide and ‘ethnic cleansing’ since the Holocaust.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Moss, Kenneth
  • Room: Maryland 114
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/19
  • PosTag(s): HIST-EUROPE, INST-GLOBAL

Reading Of Hebrew Prose
AS.130.443 (01)

Reading of Biblical Hebrew prose, especially from the Pentateuch, Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Church, Gregory Paul
  • Room: MSE Library Eisenberg
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Modernity, Catastrophe, and Power in Jewish History: 1881 to the Present
AS.100.371 (01)

Jewish history, politics, and culture across a century of enormous transformations and transformative enormities in Europe, the US, and the Middle East. Topics include: impacts on Jewish life of World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the post-imperial reordering of the Eastern Europe and the Middle East; Zionism and other modes of Jewish contestatory politics; the consolidation of American Jewry; Nazism and the Holocaust in Europe; formation and development of the State of Israel; the global reordering of Jewish life amid cross-currents of the Cold War, conflict in the Middle East, and success in the US. Substantial attention to recent and contemporary history including the dramatic changes in Israeli society and polity over the past forty years and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Moss, Kenneth
  • Room: Gilman 308
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/19
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, HIST-EUROPE, HIST-US, HIST-MIDEST

Introduction to the History of Rabbinic Literature
AS.130.346 (01)

Broadly surveying classic rabbinic literature, including the Talmud and its commentaries, the legal codes and the response, this seminar explores the immanent as well as the external factors that shaped the development of this literature, the seminal role of this literature in Jewish self-definition and self-perception, and the role of this literature in pre-modern and modern Jewish culture.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Katz, David
  • Room: Smokler Center Library
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 16/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Jews, Muslims, and Christians in the Medieval World
AS.194.201 (01)

The three most widespread monotheisms have much more in common than is generally portrayed: a common founding figure, a partly shared succession of prophets, closely comparable ethical concerns and religious practices, a history of coexistence and of cultural, religious, social and economic interaction. This course will focus on a number of key texts and historical events that have shaped the relationships between Jews, Muslims, and Christians during the Middle Ages and contributed to their reciprocal construction of the image of the “other.” The geographical center of the course will be the Mediterranean and the Near and Middle East, a true cradle of civilizations, religions, and exchange.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Ferrario, Gabriele
  • Room: Hodson 216
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/30
  • PosTag(s): ISLM-ISLMST, INST-GLOBAL

History of the Jews in Modern Times, from the Middle Ages to 1917
AS.130.216 (01)

A broad survey of the significant political and cultural dynamics of Jewish history in the Medieval, Early-Modern, and Modern Eras.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Katz, David
  • Room: Smokler Center Library
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/20
  • PosTag(s): NEAS-HISCUL, INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST

Elementary Biblical Hebrew
AS.130.441 (01)

Survey of grammar and reading of simple texts. (Credit given only on completion of AS.130.440 and AS.130.441). May not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Church, Gregory Paul
  • Room: MSE Library Eisenberg
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Seminar In Anti-Semitism
AS.190.344 (01)

Jews exercise a good deal of power in contemporary America.. They are prominent in a number of key industries, play important roles in the political process, and hold many major national offices. For example, though Jews constitute barely two percent of America’s citizens, about one-third of the nation’s wealthiest 400 individuals are Jewish and more than ten percent of the seats in the U.S. Congress are held by Jews. One recent book declared that, “From the Vatican to the Kremlin, from the White House to Capitol Hill, the world’s movers and shakers view American Jewry as a force to be reckoned with.” Of course, Jews have risen to power in many times and places ranging from the medieval Muslim world and early modern Spain through Germany and the Soviet Union in the 20th century. In nearly every prior instance, though, Jewish power proved to be evanescent. No sooner had the Jews become “a force to be reckoned with” than they found themselves banished to the political ma rgins, forced into exile or worse. Though it may rise to a great height, the power of the Jews seems ultimately to rest on a rather insecure foundation. Cross-listed with Jewish Studies. Course is open to juniors and seniors.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Ginsberg, Benjamin
  • Room: Maryland 201
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-AP

Themes and Concepts in Jewish History
AS.100.369 (01)

The course will introduce the student to the main themes and debates in Jewish historiography from the 19th century to the present.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Maciejko, Pawel Tadeusz
  • Room: Gilman 134
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/18
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, HIST-EUROPE, HIST-MIDEST

Themes in Medieval Islamic Thought
AS.194.401 (01)

This seminar examines medieval Muslim thinkers who addressed themes at the intersection of theology, philosophy, science, and ethics: the definition of the nature of God’s attributes, His uniqueness, transcendence and omnipotence; human freewill and the limits of human knowledge; the nature of the world; and the relationship among reason, religion, and science. The course will look at how these and other crucial themes were addressed by major medieval philosophers and philosophical schools not only in Islam, but also in Judaism and Christianity, and highlight similarities and differences among the three major monotheistic faiths.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Ferrario, Gabriele
  • Room: Gilman 300
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/15
  • PosTag(s): ISLM-ISLMST

Intermediate Yiddish II
AS.210.264 (01)

Continuation of Intermediate Yiddish I: this course will focus on the Yiddish language as a key to understanding the culture of Yiddish-speaking Jews. Topics in Yiddish literature, cultural history and contemporary culture will be explored through written and aural texts, and these primary sources will be used as a springboard for work on all the language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Lang, Beatrice
  • Room: Gilman 443
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Matchmaker, Matchmaker! Jewish Lovers in Literature and Film
AS.211.339 (01)

By examining romantic relationships – some happy, some tragic – in Jewish literature and film, this course will trace the trajectory of modern Jewish history from the Eastern European backwater to the bustling American metropolis. At the same time, there will be ample opportunity to discuss universal questions surrounding love, loss and longing.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Lang, Beatrice
  • Room: Gilman 479
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/15
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

First Year Hebrew II
AS.384.116 (01)

Designed to provide reading and writing mastery, to provide a foundation in Hebrew grammar and to provide basic conversational skills. Cross-listed with Jewish Studies.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM, T 9:30AM - 10:20AM
  • Instructor: Cohen, Zvi
  • Room: Smokler Center 213
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Second Year Hebrew II
AS.384.216 (01)

Designed to enrich vocabulary and provide intensive grammatical review, and enhance fluency in reading, writing and comprehension. Recommended Course Background: AS.384.215 or permission required.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 2:30PM - 3:20PM, Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM, W 10:30AM - 11:20AM
  • Instructor: Cohen, Zvi
  • Room: Smokler Center 213
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Freshman Seminar: Writing as Resistance: Jewish Responses to Catastrophe
AS.211.117 (01)

Jewish writers during and after the Holocaust, who took up their pen as a means of resistance and memorialization, stand in a long line of Jewish writers who responded to expulsions, persecutions and pogroms throughout Jewish history. This course will examine the themes, tropes and archetypes of Jewish responses to catastrophe from the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem to the Holocaust.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Lang, Beatrice
  • Room: Gilman 443
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/12
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

Third Year Hebrew II
AS.384.316 (01)

Designed to: maximize comprehension and the spoken language through literary and newspaper excerpts providing the student with the language of an educated Israeli. Recommended Course Background: AS.384.315 or permission required. Cross-listed with Jewish Studies.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: F 12:00PM - 12:50PM, M 12:00PM - 1:15PM, Th 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Cohen, Zvi
  • Room: Smokler Center 213
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

ANGELS IN AMERICA (The Play) The Millennium Shift in American Culture and Politics
AS.225.218 (01)

Tony Kushner’s epoch-making play weaves together astonishingly diverse sides of America in a broad tapestry; a modern work that emerged at the end of the 20th Century, now being revived world wide: it provides keys to understanding the American zeitgeist and the coming transformations of the culture. In one pivotal work we find the emergence of LGBT rights, the Mormon Church, the AIDS epidemic, the new “spirituality,” the Reagan-era transformation of both government and business, and the looming figure of Roy Cohn whose influence in American politics “behind the scenes” ranged from the Rosenberg trial to his work as counsel for the McCarthy Committee in the 1950s: and even his legacy in the 2016 as primary political and business mentor of the current President of the United States.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 6:00PM - 8:30PM
  • Instructor: Martin, Joseph H
  • Room: Gilman 134
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/8
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Narratives of Dissent in Israeli Society and Culture
AS.211.361 (01)

In this course we will study and analyze the notion of dissent in Israeli society and culture on its various literary and artistic forms. We will examine the emergence and the formation of various political and social protest movements, such as the Israeli Black Panthers, Israeli feminism and the 2011 Social Justice protest. We will discuss at length the history and the nature of dissent in the military and in relation to Israeli wars and will track changes in these relation. Significant portion of the course will be dedicated to the literary, cinematic and artistic aspects of Israeli protest and their influence on Israeli discourse. We will explore the nature and role of specific genres and media such as the Israeli satire, Israeli television, newspaper op-ed and the recent emergence of social media. Students wishing to work in English exclusively for 3 credits should enroll in section one. Students who are fluent in Hebrew and are wishing to attend an additional hour-long Hebrew discussion session per week with Professor Cohen (time TBD in consultation with enrolled students) for 4 credits should enroll in section 2.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Stahl, Neta
  • Room: Krieger 302
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, INST-CP

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.100.415 (01)The Holocaust in Jewish History and in Global CultureT 1:30PM - 4:00PMMoss, KennethMaryland 114HIST-EUROPE, INST-GLOBAL
AS.130.443 (01)Reading Of Hebrew ProseM 1:30PM - 4:00PMChurch, Gregory PaulMSE Library Eisenberg
AS.100.371 (01)Modernity, Catastrophe, and Power in Jewish History: 1881 to the PresentM 1:30PM - 4:00PMMoss, KennethGilman 308INST-GLOBAL, HIST-EUROPE, HIST-US, HIST-MIDEST
AS.130.346 (01)Introduction to the History of Rabbinic LiteratureTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMKatz, DavidSmokler Center Library
AS.194.201 (01)Jews, Muslims, and Christians in the Medieval WorldMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMFerrario, GabrieleHodson 216ISLM-ISLMST, INST-GLOBAL
AS.130.216 (01)History of the Jews in Modern Times, from the Middle Ages to 1917TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMKatz, DavidSmokler Center LibraryNEAS-HISCUL, INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST
AS.130.441 (01)Elementary Biblical HebrewMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMChurch, Gregory PaulMSE Library Eisenberg
AS.190.344 (01)Seminar In Anti-SemitismW 1:30PM - 4:00PMGinsberg, BenjaminMaryland 201INST-AP
AS.100.369 (01)Themes and Concepts in Jewish HistoryMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMMaciejko, Pawel TadeuszGilman 134INST-GLOBAL, HIST-EUROPE, HIST-MIDEST
AS.194.401 (01)Themes in Medieval Islamic ThoughtW 3:00PM - 5:30PMFerrario, GabrieleGilman 300ISLM-ISLMST
AS.210.264 (01)Intermediate Yiddish IITTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMLang, BeatriceGilman 443
AS.211.339 (01)Matchmaker, Matchmaker! Jewish Lovers in Literature and FilmTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMLang, BeatriceGilman 479GRLL-ENGL
AS.384.116 (01)First Year Hebrew IIMWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM, T 9:30AM - 10:20AMCohen, ZviSmokler Center 213
AS.384.216 (01)Second Year Hebrew IIM 2:30PM - 3:20PM, Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM, W 10:30AM - 11:20AMCohen, ZviSmokler Center 213
AS.211.117 (01)Freshman Seminar: Writing as Resistance: Jewish Responses to CatastropheTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMLang, BeatriceGilman 443GRLL-ENGL
AS.384.316 (01)Third Year Hebrew IIF 12:00PM - 12:50PM, M 12:00PM - 1:15PM, Th 9:00AM - 10:15AMCohen, ZviSmokler Center 213
AS.225.218 (01)ANGELS IN AMERICA (The Play) The Millennium Shift in American Culture and PoliticsTh 6:00PM - 8:30PMMartin, Joseph HGilman 134
AS.211.361 (01)Narratives of Dissent in Israeli Society and CultureTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMStahl, NetaKrieger 302INST-GLOBAL, INST-CP