Faculty Profile

Andrea Lieber

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

Contact Information

on sabbatical Fall 2016

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

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

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.

RELG 105 Judaism in the Time of Jesus
Cross-listed with JDST 105-01.

JDST 105 Judaism in the Time of Jesus
Cross-listed with RELG 105-01.

Spring 2016

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 250-02.This course examines issues of gender in Jewish religion and culture. Starting with the representation of women in the Bible and other classical Jewish texts, we study the highly differentiated gender roles maintained by traditional Jewish culture, and examine the role American feminism has played in challenging those traditional roles. We will also study gender issues in contemporary Israeli society, such as the politics of marriage and divorce, public prayer and gender in the military. Some knowledge of Judaism and Jewish history is helpful, but not required as a prerequisite for this course.

JDST 240 Women in Judaism
Cross-listed with RELG 250-02 and WGST 201-03.

RELG 250 Women, Gender and Judaism
Cross-listed with JDST 240-01 and WGST 201-03.This course examines issues of gender in Jewish religion and culture. Starting with the representation of women in the Bible and other classical Jewish texts, we study the highly differentiated gender roles maintained by traditional Jewish culture, and examine the role American feminism has played in challenging those traditional roles. We will also study gender issues in contemporary Israeli society, such as the politics of marriage and divorce, public prayer and gender in the military. Some knowledge of Judaism and Jewish history is helpful, but not required as a prerequisite for this course.

JDST 316 Messiahs, Mystics & Heretics
Cross-listed with RELG 316-01.

RELG 316 Messiahs, Mystics & Heretics
Cross-listed with JDST 316-01.