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HIST-344 Topics in Jewish History Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Jewish History (3) Topics vary by section. Rotating topics in Jewish history exploring one theme, or period, or geographical region of the Jewish past, including the history of women in Jewish tradition, East European Jewry, the world of the shtetl, American Jewish women, and anti-Semitism. Repeatable for credit with different topic.

Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Israel and American Jews
Israel and American Jews: A Complicated Relationship (3) This course examines the relationship between America's Jews and the modern State of Israel from the decades leading up to the State's founding to the present day. The course explores Israel's multifaceted relationship with American Jewry, from political rhetoric to philanthropy, from pop music to hummus, from folk dance, summer camps and tourism to war heroes and Wonder Woman. Students consider whether parallels can be drawn to relationships other Americans have with countries to which they have cultural ties. Meets with ISR-396 002 JWST-320 001.
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Jews in American Pop Culture
Jews in American Pop Culture (3) Explores Jewish involvement in American popular culture from the perspective of politics, gender, sexuality, and religion. Investigates America's pluralistic character by studying Jewish figures from music, theater, film, sports, and beyond, asking what it means to live as a Jew in an open society, and as a minority in modern America. Meets with JWST-320 001.