HIST150 - AMER JEWISH EXPERIENCE

Description: 
This course surveys the major developments in American Jewish life from the colonial period to the present. We will discuss the various waves of Jewish immigration to the United States and examine the evolution of Jewish social, political, religious, and cultural patterns in America. Special attention will be paid to issues of ethnicity, acculturation, and identity. We will also explore the relationship between Jews and American culture, considering how Jews are represented and how they represent themselves in film and media. Curiosity about American Jewish history and the desire to explore its drama and complexity are the only prerequisites for this course. No prior knowledge of the subject is assumed. The course will have very brief lectures, but also a great deal of discussion, and participatory assignments. Students will initiate discussion at almost every class meeting. Regular attendance at class sessions is expected; required readings should be completed prior to the class for which they are assigned. Students should be prepared to analyze and discuss the readings and primary documents assigned for each class. Films and artifacts will be treated as texts and students are expected to view them critically and analytically.
Instructors: 
WENGER, BETH
Day and Time: 
MW 0200PM-0330PM
Room: 
COLLEGE HALL 314
Activity: 
LEC
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    CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN US