Fall 2022

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HEBR 101-01 Elementary Modern Hebrew
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Introduction to the modern Hebrew language. Alphabet, phonics and grammatical structures. Emphasizes development of reading comprehension, composition and conversational skills.
10:30 AM-11:20 AM, MTWRF
EASTC 108
HEBR 201-01 Intermediate Modern Hebrew
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
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.
11:30 AM-12:20 PM, MWF
EASTC 108
Courses Offered in JDST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
JDST 107-01 Jews, Christians and Pagans in the Time of Jesus
Instructor: Peter Schadler
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 107-01. A critical examination and attempt to understand the New Testament as the written traditions which articulated the faith, expectations, and actions of the early Christians as they responded within Jewish and Greek culture to the historical events of their day, and especially as they responded to the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth. This course is cross-listed as RELG 107. A critical examination and attempt to understand the New Testament as the written traditions which articulated the faith, expectations, and actions of the early Christians as they responded within Jewish and Greek culture to the historical events of their day, and especially as they responded to the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth. This course is cross-listed as RELG 107.
03:00 PM-04:15 PM, MR
EASTC 314
JDST 223-01 Eating the Text: Tasting Jewish and Israeli Food Through Literature, Film, and …the Mouth
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 223-01. All human beings are connected to food; some are growing it, others preparing or cooking it, and all are eating it. Food is essential for life, but it is also a source of pleasure, a celebration of the senses and the spirit. Food is also knowledge. The biblical story of Eve eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden, tells us knowledge might begin with the mouth, with the discovery of the taste of something, knowledge, and taste go together (Hlne Cixous). Food is also a culture. It represents the diverse traditions of societies, communities, and families. In this course, we will taste food through Jewish and Israeli literature, films, and theoretical texts. We will explore the diverse cultural traits and traditions of the Jewish and Israeli cuisines by reading and writing about them, as well as tasting them. We will visit the Dickinson Farm and will prepare and cook meals together. We will share traditional family recipes and explore their historical backgrounds. To write about food is to write about the self, claims Anne Goldman. Students will have the opportunity to write about food and to discover new aspects about themselves. Our course will be like a community of diverse cultures that mirrors the Dickinson community and the world. This course is cross-listed as RELG 223. All human beings are connected to food; some are growing it, others preparing or cooking it, and all are eating it. Food is essential for life, but it is also a source of pleasure, a celebration of the senses and the spirit. Food is also knowledge. The biblical story of Eve eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden, tells us knowledge might begin with the mouth, with the discovery of the taste of something, knowledge, and taste go together (Hlne Cixous). Food is also a culture. It represents the diverse traditions of societies, communities, and families. In this course, we will taste food through Jewish and Israeli literature, films, and theoretical texts. We will explore the diverse cultural traits and traditions of the Jewish and Israeli cuisines by reading and writing about them, as well as tasting them. We will visit the Dickinson Farm and will prepare and cook meals together. We will share traditional family recipes and explore their historical backgrounds. To write about food is to write about the self, claims Anne Goldman. Students will have the opportunity to write about food and to discover new aspects about themselves. Our course will be like a community of diverse cultures that mirrors the Dickinson community and the world. This course is cross-listed as RELG 223.
09:00 AM-10:15 AM, TR
DENNY 112
JDST 250-01 Beyond Belief: Jewish Secular Culture from Spinoza to Seinfeld
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 260-01. 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. Offered every year. This course is cross-listed as RELG 260. 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. Offered every year. This course is cross-listed as RELG 260.
09:00 AM-10:15 AM, TR
DENNY 311
JDST 500-01 Pretty Pretty Pretty Jewish: The Jewish Character of Larry David
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:

Courses Offered in RELG
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RELG 107-01 Jews, Christians and Pagans in the Time of Jesus
Instructor: Peter Schadler
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 107-01. A critical examination and attempt to understand the New Testament as the written traditions which articulated the faith, expectations, and actions of the early Christians as they responded within Jewish and Greek culture to the historical events of their day, and especially as they responded to the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth. This course is cross-listed as JDST 107. A critical examination and attempt to understand the New Testament as the written traditions which articulated the faith, expectations, and actions of the early Christians as they responded within Jewish and Greek culture to the historical events of their day, and especially as they responded to the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth. This course is cross-listed as JDST 107.
03:00 PM-04:15 PM, MR
EASTC 314
RELG 223-01 Eating the Text: Tasting Jewish and Israeli Food Through Literature, Film, and …the Mouth
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 223-01. All human beings are connected to food; some are growing it, others preparing or cooking it, and all are eating it. Food is essential for life, but it is also a source of pleasure, a celebration of the senses and the spirit. Food is also knowledge. The biblical story of Eve eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden, tells us knowledge might begin with the mouth, with the discovery of the taste of something, knowledge, and taste go together (Hlne Cixous). Food is also a culture. It represents the diverse traditions of societies, communities, and families. In this course, we will taste food through Jewish and Israeli literature, films, and theoretical texts. We will explore the diverse cultural traits and traditions of the Jewish and Israeli cuisines by reading and writing about them, as well as tasting them. We will visit the Dickinson Farm and will prepare and cook meals together. We will share traditional family recipes and explore their historical backgrounds. To write about food is to write about the self, claims Anne Goldman. Students will have the opportunity to write about food and to discover new aspects about themselves. Our course will be like a community of diverse cultures that mirrors the Dickinson community and the world. This course is cross-listed as JDST 223. All human beings are connected to food; some are growing it, others preparing or cooking it, and all are eating it. Food is essential for life, but it is also a source of pleasure, a celebration of the senses and the spirit. Food is also knowledge. The biblical story of Eve eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden, tells us knowledge might begin with the mouth, with the discovery of the taste of something, knowledge, and taste go together (Hlne Cixous). Food is also a culture. It represents the diverse traditions of societies, communities, and families. In this course, we will taste food through Jewish and Israeli literature, films, and theoretical texts. We will explore the diverse cultural traits and traditions of the Jewish and Israeli cuisines by reading and writing about them, as well as tasting them. We will visit the Dickinson Farm and will prepare and cook meals together. We will share traditional family recipes and explore their historical backgrounds. To write about food is to write about the self, claims Anne Goldman. Students will have the opportunity to write about food and to discover new aspects about themselves. Our course will be like a community of diverse cultures that mirrors the Dickinson community and the world. This course is cross-listed as JDST 223.
09:00 AM-10:15 AM, TR
DENNY 112