Faculty Profile

Andrea Lieber

Associate Professor of Religion, Sophia Ava Asbell Chair in Judaic Studies (1998), Department Chair

Contact Information

lieber@dickinson.edu

East College Room 106
717.245.1482

Bio

Her courses explore the transformations of Judaism as a living religion and evolving culture from its origins in antiquity through its varied manifestations in the 20th century. Special interests include: Judaism and early Christianity, Jewish mysticism (kabbalah), women and gender in Jewish tradition.

Education

  • B.A., Vassar College, 1989
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1993
  • M.Phil., 1995
  • Ph.D., 1998

2013-2014 Academic Year

Fall 2013

JDST 104 Introduction to Judaism
Cross-listed with RELG 104-01.

RELG 104 Introduction to Judaism
Cross-listed with JDST 104-01.

WGST 201 Women, Gender and Judaism
Cross-listed with JDST 240-01 and 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.

JDST 240 Women in Judaism
Cross-listed with WGST 201-01 and 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.

RELG 250 Women, Gender and Judaism
Cross-listed with JDST 240-01 and WGST 201-01. 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.

JDST 250 Beyond Belief: Jewish Sec Cltr
Cross-listed with RELG 260-01.

RELG 260 Beyond Belief: Jewish Sec Cltr
Cross-listed with JDST 250-01. Many Jews nowadays define themselves in secular or cultural terms rather than religious ones. But how did the tradition of secular Judaism come to be? This course will survey the development of secular Jewish identity through an examination of key thinkers over the last three and a half centuries, including Spinoza, Freud, Marx and Einstein. The course will conclude with an examination of secular Judaism in American culture - the drama of Clifford Odets and Arthur Miller, the films of Mel Brooks and Sidney Lumet, and the television shows Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

MEST 500 Independent Study

Spring 2014

RELG 101 What is Religion?
The course introduces students to methods in the study of religion and to major world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The approach in the course is comparative and interdisciplinary.

JDST 104 Introduction to Judaism
Cross-listed with RELG 104-01.

RELG 104 Introduction to Judaism
Cross-listed with JDST 104-01.

MEST 500 Independent Study

RELG 500 Independent Study