Faculty Profile

Nitsa Kann

Associate Professor of Judaic Studies (2005)

Contact Information

kannn@dickinson.edu

East College Room 208
717.254.8977

Bio

Her teaching interests include Hebrew language, Hebrew Literature, Kabbalah, and Middle Eastern Cinema. She is the author of two Hebrew books of poems, 'Black Soul Singer' (1989), and 'A Woman With Child' (1992), and the author of two Hebrew novels, 'Gazelle of Love' (1995), and 'Herotica' (1998).

Education

  • B.A., Hebrew University, 1982
  • M.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1984
  • Ph.D., 2005

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

HEBR 101 Elementary Modern Hebrew
Introduction to the modern Hebrew language. Alphabet, phonics and grammatical structures. Emphasizes development of reading comprehension, composition and conversational skills.

HEBR 201 Intermediate Modern Hebrew
Formal study of Hebrew language with emphasis on oral practice and writing skills. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

JDST 500 Independent Study

Spring 2017

HEBR 102 Elementary Modern Hebrew
Introduction to the modern Hebrew language. Alphabet, phonics and grammatical structures. Emphasizes development of reading comprehension, composition and conversational skills.Prerequisite: 101 or the equivalent.

MEST 200 Love, Sex & Hebrew Texts
Cross-listed with JDST 216-04 and RELG 241-01. This course is a comprehensive study of masterpieces of Jewish Literature in translation about love and sex from different periods, origins, and genres. The literary survey includes: Biblical love stories, the concept of love and sexuality in Jewish mysticism, Midrash, i.e., homiletic stories, folk tales, literature of the Middle Ages, and modern Hebrew literature of the early 20th century to the present.

JDST 216 Kabbalah
Cross-listed with RELG 260-02. Tracing the history of Jewish mysticism, the course introduces major trends in Jewish mysticism, focusing special attention on Kabbalistic meditation and its practice, food and sustainability, interpretation of dreams and white magic, spiritual music, death and reincarnation, feminism and gender issues. We will also explore Hasidic tales that have been attributed the power to reveal and to heal, alongside contemporary expressions of Kabbalistic topics in literature and in movies. The course includes guest lectures and other activities and special events.

JDST 216 Love, Sex & Hebrew Texts
Cross-listed with MEST 200-02 and RELG 241-01. This course is a comprehensive study of masterpieces of Jewish Literature in translation about love and sex from different periods, origins, and genres. The literary survey includes: Biblical love stories, the concept of love and sexuality in Jewish mysticism, Midrash, i.e., homiletic stories, folk tales, literature of the Middle Ages, and modern Hebrew literature of the early 20th century to the present.

RELG 241 Love, Sex & Hebrew Texts
Cross-listed with JDST 216-04 and MEST 200-02. This course is a comprehensive study of masterpieces of Jewish Literature in translation about love and sex from different periods, origins, and genres. The literary survey includes: Biblical love stories, the concept of love and sexuality in Jewish mysticism, Midrash, i.e., homiletic stories, folk tales, literature of the Middle Ages, and modern Hebrew literature of the early 20th century to the present.

RELG 260 Kabbalah
Cross-listed with JDST 216-01. Tracing the history of Jewish mysticism, the course introduces major trends in Jewish mysticism, focusing special attention on Kabbalistic meditation and its practice, food and sustainability, interpretation of dreams and white magic, spiritual music, death and reincarnation, feminism and gender issues. We will also explore Hasidic tales that have been attributed the power to reveal and to heal, alongside contemporary expressions of Kabbalistic topics in literature and in movies. The course includes guest lectures and other activities and special events.