Teddy Roosevelt (right of man in white vest) watches the laying of the cornerstone for AU's McKinley Building, 1902. AU Archives. Read more about AU's presidential past.
Fall 2021 Course Preview
Learn about three of our special fall courses.
Thursdays, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
Focuses on Jews involved in American popular culture from early 20th century to the present. Includes Jewish songwriters, artists, comedians, musicians, fashion designers, filmmakers, and others. Explores questions of ethnic identity and social change, and the influence of politics, gender, race, and sexual identity on the production of culture.
Wednesdays, 8:20–10:50 p.m. (six week class: October 6–November 10)
The colorful relationship between Jews and New York is explored through history, urban studies, and ethnic studies. Jewish food, theater, religious life, and politics influence the city and vice versa. Consider how Jews in architecture, media, business and culture impact the city and beyond, helping to shape a multicultural America.
Mon/Thurs, 12:55-2:10 p.m.
Traces the historical trajectory of the evolution of the American Jewish community. In particular, focuses on successive waves of immigration, the social and economic patterns that define the community, the ways in which American Jews in the past constructed their identities, and the reactions of others to Jews’ entrance into American life.