Bernie Sanders in a mural by Denver artist Gamma. Photo by Lindsey Bartlett.

Bernie Sanders in a mural by Denver artist Gamma. Photo by Lindsey Bartlett.

Does history make the individual or does the individual make history?

In a new Autumn 2016 University Seminar course titled “Radical Jews: From Jesus to Bernie,” Stroum Center faculty will engage undergraduates in generating responses to that question, using examples of change-making Jews across history as a lens for discussion.

Over the course of the quarter, students will learn from seven different Jewish Studies faculty members, each of whom will present a different Jewish historical figure who was considered radical in their time. The faculty members slated to teach include Professors Ahuvia, Butwin, Naar, Pianko, Rosenthal, Stroup, and Sokoloff. The figures to be considered range from the ancient historian Josephus to the revolutionary Hebrew linguist Eliezer Ben Yehuda and feminist icon Gloria Steinem.

Course facilitator and Stroum Center Director of Student Engagement Lauren Kurland reflects that the course format is terrific for students with an interest in social movements, history, psychology, philosophy, sociology, or religion. “The opportunity to learn seminar-style from such a broad swath of talented and passionate Jewish Studies faculty members is unparalleled,” remarks Kurland. “It’s going to be a real treat for the students and faculty members alike.”

The 1-credit course, which is offered for Credit/No Credit, and is only open to matriculated undergraduate students, will meet Tuesdays from 1:30-2:20 pm during Autumn Quarter 2016. **Please note that there is no class on 10/4 due to the Jewish New Year; the first day of class will be 10/11.** To learn more, visit our course listing or contact Lauren Kurland.

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