We are pleased to welcome Alexandra Herzog as our first post-doctoral fellow in Jewish Studies and lecturer in the CAS Core Curriculum. Alexandra Tali Herzog, a doctoral candidate in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, is scheduled to defend her dissertation this June and will join BU in September. Alexandra specializes in modern Jewish literature and culture, with an emphasis on Yiddish literature in America (Isaac Bashevis Singer).
Israel Studies at BU
The full course inventory can be downloaded at JSCourseCat2014.
CAS HI 393 Topics in the History of Israel
Professor Abigail Jacobson
Topic Fall 2013: The Israeli Palestinian Conflict (4 credits), Tues/Thurs 9:30-11 am
The challenges of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, historical trajectories, conflicting narratives and possible solutions through primary sources and film. Students will present reflections of the history of the conflict and debate its future implications and challenges both societies are facing. Counts toward concentrations in History, the minor in Jewish Studies, as well as toward the concentration in the IR Africa-Middle East track.
ISRAELI CULTURE THROUGH FILM (IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION)
Professor Abigail Gillman
CAS LH 283 (4 credits), Mon/Wed 2-3:30PM
Examines changes in Israeli society over the last fifty years through the medium of film. Traces cultural responses to the Arab/Israeli conflict, the Holocaust, and Sephardi-Ashkenazi relations. Counts toward the Hebrew Minor, Judaic Studies minor, Humanities divisional studies requirement, and the MENA major.
ISRAELI POPULAR MUSIC
Professor Miriam Angrist
CAS LH 330 (4 credits), Mon/Wed/Fri 9-10AM
Advanced-intermediate Hebrew language and culture course for those who have completed at least four semesters’ college Hebrew or equivalent. Introduction to Israeli cultural history through music. Students expand vocabulary and further develop writing, reading, listening, and conversational skills in Hebrew. Counts towards the Hebrew minor, JS minor, humanities course for MENA Studies major and Humanities divisional studies requirement.
HOLY CITY: JERUSALEM IN TIME, SPACE, AND IMAGINATION
Professor Michael Zank
CAS RN 220 (4 credits), Tues/Thurs 11-12:30 PM
Transformation of an ordinary ancient city into the holy city of Jews, Christians, and Muslims; and development of modern Jerusalem, as shaped by British rule, Zionism, and Palestinian nationalism. Jerusalem’s past, present, and meanings considered through analyses of religious and secular rhetoric. Counts toward major and minor concentrations in Religion, the minor in Jewish Studies, and the “Africa and Middle East Track” in IR. Also meets the COM freshmen/sophomore foundation requirement in History and CAS humanities divisional studies req. Counts toward MLCL major in Middle East studies.