Fall 2014

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HEBR 103-01 Elementary Modern Hebrew
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Introduction to the modern Hebrew language. Alphabet, phonics and grammatical structures. Emphasizes development of reading comprehension, composition and conversational skills.
0930:MTWRF   EASTC 107
HEBR 116-01 Intermediate Modern Hebrew
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Formal study of Hebrew language with emphasis on oral practice and writing skills. Prerequisite: 104 or the equivalent.
1030:MTWRF   EASTC 107
Courses Offered in JDST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
JDST 103-01 Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament in Context
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 103-01.
0930:MWF   STERN 103
JDST 240-01 Women, Gender and Judaism
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 250-01. This course examines issues of gender in Jewish religion, Jewish culture and Jewish literature in various historical periods. We will begin by looking at the roles of women in the Bible and other classical Jewish texts, though the course will concentrate on gendered representations of Jews since the 19th century and contemporary debates about gender in modern Jewish life. What are the cultural and historical sources of Jewish stereotypes, such as the Jewish American Princess, the Jewish mother or the effeminate (and nuerotic) Jewish male? In what way has the advent of feminism challenged Judiasm's traditional gender roles and the roles of male/female in the Jewish family? Readings explore the connection between gender stereotypes and anti-Semitism and how they have affected relations among Jews and between Jews and non-Jews.
1030:TR   ALTHSE 08
JDST 262-01 Zionism: Ideology, Institutions, Cultures & Contestations
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 262-01 and POSC 290-01. This course aims to provide students with a multi-dimensional understanding of Zionism as a political ideology that found its expression in the creation of a state, the establishment of a particular set of economic and cultural institutions as well as in the creation of new conceptions of land, space, and group interaction. At once a future-oriented revolutionary ideology and revivalist movement based on the idea of returning to an ancient homeland, the significance of Zionism in 20th and 21st centuries cannot be understated. Zionism (or rather, Zionists), produced a state Israel whose foundation has roiled politics in the Middle East until today. This course will look at the particular historical circumstances that gave rise to Zionism in the late 19th century, Zionist institutions, political culture and dominant historical narratives. The course will conclude with a detailed examination of more contemporary critics of Zionism both from within Israel and outside of it.
1330:MR   DENNY 104
JDST 316-01 Jews and Food
Instructor: Edward Merwin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 316-01. Every Jewish holiday, it has been said, can be summed up in the following way: "They tried to kill us. We won. Let's eat!" Despite the satirical jab of this quote, food certainly plays a central role in both Jewish religion and culture. Students will investigate the meaning of Jewish food from historical, sociological, anthropological and literary viewpoints, including an examination of the representation of Jewish food in popular culture. The course will also include a cooking class on Jewish food and a trip to Baltimore to a kosher Chinese restaurant.
1330:MR   WESTC DURBIN
Courses Offered in MEST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
MEST 262-01 Zionism: Ideology, Institutions, Cultures & Contestations
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 262-01 and POSC 290-01. This course aims to provide students with a multi-dimensional understanding of Zionism as a political ideology that found its expression in the creation of a state, the establishment of a particular set of economic and cultural institutions as well as in the creation of new conceptions of land, space, and group interaction. At once a future-oriented revolutionary ideology and revivalist movement based on the idea of returning to an ancient homeland, the significance of Zionism in 20th and 21st centuries cannot be understated. Zionism (or rather, Zionists), produced a state Israel whose foundation has roiled politics in the Middle East until today. This course will look at the particular historical circumstances that gave rise to Zionism in the late 19th century, Zionist institutions, political culture and dominant historical narratives. The course will conclude with a detailed examination of more contemporary critics of Zionism both from within Israel and outside of it.
1330:MR   DENNY 104
Courses Offered in POSC
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
POSC 290-01 Zionism: Ideology, Institutions, Cultures & Contestations
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 262-01 and MEST 262-01. This course aims to provide students with a multi-dimensional understanding of Zionism as a political ideology that found its expression in the creation of a state, the establishment of a particular set of economic and cultural institutions as well as in the creation of new conceptions of land, space, and group interaction. At once a future-oriented revolutionary ideology and revivalist movement based on the idea of returning to an ancient homeland, the significance of Zionism in 20th and 21st centuries cannot be understated. Zionism (or rather, Zionists), produced a state Israel whose foundation has roiled politics in the Middle East until today. This course will look at the particular historical circumstances that gave rise to Zionism in the late 19th century, Zionist institutions, political culture and dominant historical narratives. The course will conclude with a detailed examination of more contemporary critics of Zionism both from within Israel and outside of it.
1330:MR   DENNY 104
Courses Offered in RELG
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RELG 103-01 Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament in Context
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 103-01.
0930:MWF   STERN 103