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

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

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.

Spring 2018

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 216-02 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.

MEST 200 Israeli Cinema
Cross-listed with FLST 210-04 and JDST 216-01 and RELG 260-01.Additional time slot: Wednesday 7:00pm-10:00pm in Althouse 106 for film viewing.The course illuminate’s trends and processes in Israeli cultural history and in current Israeli society, as represented in Israeli films from the 1960s to present day Israel. Screenings of Israeli films are a central part of the course. Films from present day Israel, including the most recent, as well as from earlier decades, create the ideological and cultural universe that the course illuminates.

HEBR 202 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: 201 or the equivalent.

FLST 210 Israeli Cinema
Cross-listed with RELG 260-01, MEST 200-02 AND JDST 216-01.Additional time slot: Wednesday 7:00pm-10:00pm in Althouse 106 for film viewing.The course illuminate’s trends and processes in Israeli cultural history and in current Israeli society, as represented in Israeli films from the 1960s to present day Israel. Screenings of Israeli films are a central part of the course. Films from present day Israel, including the most recent, as well as from earlier decades, create the ideological and cultural universe that the course illuminates.

JDST 216 Love, Sex & Hebrew Texts
Cross-listed with MEST 200-06 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 Israeli Cinema
Cross-listed with FLST 210-04 and MEST 200-02 and RELG 260-01.Additional time slot: Wednesday 7:00pm-10:00pm in Althouse 106 for film viewing.The course illuminate’s trends and processes in Israeli cultural history and in current Israeli society, as represented in Israeli films from the 1960s to present day Israel. Screenings of Israeli films are a central part of the course. Films from present day Israel, including the most recent, as well as from earlier decades, create the ideological and cultural universe that the course illuminates.

RELG 241 Love, Sex & Hebrew Texts
Cross-listed with MEST 200-06 and JDST 216-02.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 Israeli Cinema
Cross-listed with FLST 210-04, JDST 216-01 and MEST 200-02.Additional time slot: Wednesday 7:00pm-10:00pm in Althouse 106 for film viewing.The course illuminate’s trends and processes in Israeli cultural history and in current Israeli society, as represented in Israeli films from the 1960s to present day Israel. Screenings of Israeli films are a central part of the course. Films from present day Israel, including the most recent, as well as from earlier decades, create the ideological and cultural universe that the course illuminates.