From art history to economics, philosophy to comparative literature, biblical Hebrew to Israeli films–this winter quarter, Jewish Studies has something for everyone. Step out of the cold and into a thought-provoking class!

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What kinds of questions will our teachers be asking–and helping you to answer–this winter? Here’s a sample:

*How has Jerusalem been depicted in the art, texts, and ideologies of various faith traditions? 

Visiting Professor Shalom Sabar will look at artistic renderings of the Holy Land throughout history in Jerusalem and the Messianic Dream in Visual Art and Culture. Joel Walker’s graduate history seminar on Jerusalem and the Holy Land will also look at Jerusalem’s historical status as the center of religious traditions, using archaeological and documentary sources.

*What roles do memory and diaspora play in Israeli culture and Palestinian culture? 

Naomi Sokoloff, teaming up with Amal Eqeiq for Literature of Emerging Nations: Israel/Palestine, will be examining Hebrew and Arabic fiction, poetry, film, popular music, and essays in the context of “emerging national literatures.” Want more background on Israeli society? Look no further than Israel: Dynamic Society/Global Flashpoint, or consider the Life in Israel course in popular culture, held after hours at Hillel.

*How have the boundaries of the Jewish community shifted in different geographical and historical contexts? 

Michael Rosenthal’s course in Jewish Philosophy, Devin Naar’s Jewish Cultural History, and Levis Kochin’s Economic History of the Jews all approach this question from different disciplinary angles. And if you’re curious about how Sephardic art transformed after the Jews’ expulsion from Spain, take advantage of the one-time-only class in Sephardic art history taught by Shalom Sabar.

Book your spot in one of these fantastic courses starting November 2nd!

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