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JWST-320 Topics in Jewish Culture Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Jewish Culture (3) Topics vary by section. Rotating topics on historical and contemporary aspects of the Jewish heritage, such as Judaism and Hellenism; Judaism and Islam; art, dance, and drama as expressions of the Jewish spirit; and Jewish education, content, and method. 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 HIST-344 001 and ISR-396 002.
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 HIST-344 001.