Faculty Profile

Nitsa Kann

Associate Professor of Judaic Studies (2005), Department Chair

Contact Information

kannn@dickinson.edu

East College Room 208
717.245.2548977

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

2013-2014 Academic Year

Fall 2013

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

HEBR 103 Elementary Modern Hebrew
Introduction to the modern Hebrew language. Alphabet, phonics and grammatical structures. Emphasizes development of reading comprehension, composition and conversational skills.

HEBR 500 Independent Study

Spring 2014

HEBR 104 Elementary Modern Hebrew
Introduction to the modern Hebrew language. Alphabet, phonics and grammatical structures. Emphasizes development of reading comprehension, composition and conversational skills.

HEBR 200 Advanced Modern Hebrew
Expansion of language proficiency through intensified study of cultural and literary texts, including poetry, prose, essays, newspapers, films, and songs. Extensive discussion of issues related to contemporary Israel. Emphasis on the development of reading, writing and conversation skills. Prerequisite: 116 or the equivalent.

JDST 216 Kabbalah
Cross-listed with RELG 260-01.

RELG 260 Kabbalah
Cross-listed with JDST 216-01.

HEBR 331 Top in Hebrew Lit/Israeli Cult
Intensive study of a particular author, genre, or period. Introduction to the use of critical theory in literary analysis. Prerequisite: 231.