Spring 2021: Upcoming Classes in Jewish Studies
HEBR 122, Hebrew Language TR 4:25-6:10 pm - Strauss
Hebrew Language course
For information contact instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org
ENGL 282 meets with JSTU 373, Holocaust in Literature and Film MW 2:20-3:35 pm - Schoeman
This course focuses on the way in which writers, filmmakers, artists and cultural
institutions (museums, schools, etc.) have contributed to the construction of an indelible
“Holocaust memory” in America and elsewhere since the end of WWII. We will study the
representations of the Holocaust through a variety of media and genres: documentaries,
feature films, museum exhibits, oral histories, and the classics of Holocaust literature
(fiction, memoirs, and sequential art). A selection of secondary sources will illustrate
the historical context of the Holocaust and enrich our discussions with interesting
and discomforting questions from the perspective of literary theory, gender studies,
philosophy, and more.
HIST498/JSTU 491, WORLD WAR II DIARIES - Coenen-Snyder
This course will examine and contextualize diaries written during World War II and
the Holocaust. Many people kept journals and diaries: men and women of all ages, nationalities,
and ethnic and religious backgrounds. Anne Frank’s writing has become famous, but
there were many authors like her who kept private records, providing valuable information
about the events happening around them, their coping mechanisms, emotional responses,
and behavior during a time of conflict. Some recorded their reactions to personal
tragedies, such as the deportation of loved ones or acts of resistance in the ghettos.
Others captured seemingly mundane tasks – gathering food, caring for family members,
meeting friends – rendered all the more poignant because they were written in the
shadow of Nazi occupation and persecution.
Over the last few decades, countless war diaries have been translated from Dutch,
French, Polish, Hungarian, Hebrew, and other languages into English. They have been
digitized and made publicly available. In this course we will analyze these texts
as historical documents and learn from them. What can these voices from the past,
speaking to us from their most private moments, teach us?
Why Jewish Studies?
The Jewish Studies program supports the many ways students can engage with Jewish
life and thought. The program offers opportunities for students such as study abroad,
student research, and academic and community programming that educates our students
and community on the many facets of Jewish history, culture, and tradition both locally
and around the world.
With many courses dealing with Jewish content offered across multiple departments, the Jewish Studies
Program maintains an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental approach to Jewish scholarship.
Beyond the classroom, students are encouraged to take advantage of the program's study abroad funding, as well as campus and community resources that abound in Columbia.
Professors who contribute to the vitality of the Jewish Studies Program come from
many different departments, such as English, History, and Religious Studies. A vibrant
mix of consulting faculty and associate scholars add to the depth of knowledge in
JS STUDENT WINS 2020 FULBRIGHT AWARD
Catharine Aretakis, USC Jewish Studies minor, receives the prestigious Fulbright Award to study the Holocaust in the Netherlands.
New Grant Opportunity in Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies invites applications The Sura and Henry Wengrow Undergraduate Research Award.
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Meir Muller Wins 2019 Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award
The Jewish Studies Program is proud to announce that Dr. Meir Muller was awarded the prestigious Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Jewish Studies at USC Stands in Solidarity with the Islamic Community following the NZ Massacre
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John R. Mandsager to join Workshop for Early Career Faculty in Jewish Studies at UPenn
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