Faculty Profile

Edward Merwin

Part-time Associate Professor of Religion; Director of The Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life(2001)

Contact Information

merwin@dickinson.edu

Asbell Center
717.245.1636

Bio

His teaching interests are in American Jewish history and popular culture, with a particular focus on the Lower East Side and Yiddish culture. His current research centers on Jewish-themed Broadway plays, and on the history of the Jewish deli in America.

Education

  • B.A., Amherst College, 1990
  • M.A., Hunter College of the City University of New York, 1998
  • Ph.D., 2002

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

JDST 316 Jews and Food
Cross-listed with RELG 316-01. Every Jewish holiday, it has been said, can be summed up in the following way: "They tried to kill us. We won. Let's eat!" Despite the satirical jab of this quote, food certainly plays a central role in both Jewish religion and culture. Students will investigate the meaning of Jewish food from historical, sociological, anthropological and literary viewpoints, including an examination of the representation of Jewish food in popular culture. The course will also include a cooking class on Jewish food and a trip to Baltimore to a kosher Chinese restaurant.

RELG 316 Jews and Food
Cross-listed with JDST 316-01. Every Jewish holiday, it has been said, can be summed up in the following way: "They tried to kill us. We won. Let's eat!" Despite the satirical jab of this quote, food certainly plays a central role in both Jewish religion and culture. Students will investigate the meaning of Jewish food from historical, sociological, anthropological and literary viewpoints, including an examination of the representation of Jewish food in popular culture. The course will also include a cooking class on Jewish food and a trip to Baltimore to a kosher Chinese restaurant.