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Haverford College

2011-12 Course Catalog

Areas of Concentration / Programs: Hebrew and Judaic Studies, 2011-2012

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Description

Modern Hebrew language instruction is available at Bryn Mawr through the intermediate level; at Swarthmore College biblical Hebrew is offered in a two-semester sequence through the first-year level, and additional reading in Classical Jewish texts is available in directed reading, one-half-credit courses. At Haverford, Judaic Studies courses are offered by the Department of Religion. Bryn Mawr also offers several courses which complement Haverford’s offerings in Judaic Studies. All of these courses are listed in the Tri-Co Course Guide under the heading "Hebrew and Judaic Studies."

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Faculty

Lecturer Amiram Amitai
Professor and Coordinator of Middle Eastern Languages Grace Morgan Armstrong
Lecturer and Coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies Deborah Harrold

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Courses

HEBR B001 Elementary Hebrew

A.Amitai
This is a year-long course. This course prepares students for reading classical religious texts as well as modern literary work. It covers grammar, composition and conversation with primary emphasis on fluency in reading as well as the development of basic conversational skills.

HEBR B002 Elementary Hebrew

A.Amitai
This is a year-long course. This course prepares students for reading classical religious texts as well as modern literary work. It covers grammar, composition and conversation with primary emphasis on fluency in reading as well as the development of basic conversational skills.

HEBR B101 Intermediate Hebrew

A.Amitai
The course is designed for students who took the Elementary Hebrew course in Bryn Mawr or its equivalents in other institutions, assuming basic fluency in reading, writing, grammar, syntax and conversation in Hebrew. It expands the knowledge of the above, while emphasizing reading, writing and class discussions of modern literary works as well as some classical religious texts. It integrates textbooks’ material with Hebrew videos and films, short stories and songs. Students who feel qualified to take this course, but have not taken Elementary Hebrew at Bryn Mawr, are encouraged to discuss it with the instructor. This is a year-long course. Not offered in 2011-12.

HEBR B102 Intermediate Hebrew

A.Amitai
The course is designed for students who took the Elementary Hebrew course in Bryn Mawr or its equivalents in other institutions, assuming basic fluency in reading, writing, grammar, syntax and conversation in Hebrew. It expands the knowledge of the above, while emphasizing reading, writing and class discussions of modern literary works as well as some classical religious texts. It integrates textbooks’ material with Hebrew videos and films, short stories and songs. Students who feel qualified to take this course, but have not taken Elementary Hebrew at Bryn Mawr, are encouraged to discuss it with the instructor. This is a year-long course. Not offered in 2011-12.

HEBR B110 Israeli Cinema

A.Amitai
The course traces the evolution of the Israeli cinema from ideologically charged visual medium to a universally recognized film art, as well as the emergent Palestinian cinema and the new wave of Israeli documentaries. It will focus on the historical, ideological, political and cultural changes in Israeli and Palestinian societies and their impact on films’ form and content. Counts toward Film Studies minor. Counts toward Middle East Studies concentration. Not offered in 2011-12.

HEBR B211 Primo Levi, the Holocaust and Its Aftermath (Cross-listed as ITAL-B211 and COML-B211)

Staff
A consideration, through analysis and appreciation of his major works, of how the horrific experience of the Holocaust awakened in Primo Levi a growing awareness of his Jewish heritage and led him to become one of the dominant voices of that tragic historical event, as well as one of the most original new literary figures of post-World War II Italy. Always in relation to Levi and his works, attention will also be given to other Italian women writers whose works are also connected with the Holocaust. Not offered in 2011-12.

HEBR B248 Modern Middle East Cities (Cross-listed as POLS B248 and CITY B248)

D.Harrold
Counts toward Middle East Studies concentration. Not offered in 2011-12.

HEBR B261 Palestine and Israeli Society (Cross-listed as ANTH B261 and HIST B261)

T.Neuman
Considers the legacy of Palestine and the centrality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as key in the formation of Israeli society, shaped by ongoing political conflict. New ethnographic writings disclose themes like Zionism, Holocaust, immigration, religion, Palestinian citizenry, Middle Eastern Jews and military occupation and resulting emerging debates among different social sectors and populations. Also considers constitution of ethnographic fields and the shaping of anthropological investigations by arenas of conflict. Prerequisites: sophomore standing and POLS B111 or ANTH B101 or B102 or permission of the instructor. Counts toward Middle East Studies concentration. Counts toward Peace, Conflict and Social Justice Studies concentration. Not offered in 2011-12.

HEBR B271 Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History

A.Albert
What happened in Jewish history between antiquity and the modern era, between composing the Talmud and receiving citizenship in European nations? This seminar will explore the diverse forms of Jewish life in the medieval and early modern periods (approximately 1000-1800), with special focus on the evolution of Jewish relations with the majority culture. Topics will include the golden age of Jewry in Muslim Spain, the development of European anti-Jewish policies and persecutions, Jewish self-government and cosmopolitanism, as well as many of the philosophers, mystics and would-be messiahs who sparked religious movements and change in the course of these tumultuous centuries.

HEBR B283 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa (Cross-listed as POLS B283 and HIST B283)

D.Harrold
This course is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the politics of the region, using works of history, political science, political economy, film and fiction as well as primary sources. The course will concern itself with three broad areas: the legacy of colonialism and the importance of international forces; the role of Islam in politics; and the political and social effects of particular economic conditions, policies and practices. Counts toward Middle East Studies concentration.

HEBR B310 Topics in German Literature (Cross-listed as GERM B310)

I.Meyer
This is a topics course. Course content varies. One additional hour of target language instruction TBA. Not offered in 2011-12.

HEBR B342 Middle Eastern Diasporas (Cross-listed as ANTH B342 and GNST B342)

T.Neuman
Not offered in 2010-11.

HEBR B380 Topics in Contemporary Art (Cross-listed as HART B380 and GERM B380)

L.Saltzman
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Current topic description: Even as "performance art" came to stand as a dynamic site of aesthetic experimentation and critical inquiry, it was only the most explicit instance of the ethical and political claims to "representation" at work and at play across a history of 20th century visual practice. Portraiture and photography, video and film, became sites and situations of expressions and subversions of categorical identities. It will be the challenge of the seminar to immerse students in the project of re-thinking the aesthetic and ethical implications of the bodies that structure visual modernity and its inheritance. Not offered in 2011-12.

HEBR B403 Supervised Work

A.Amitai

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