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Introduction to Jewish Studies (JS1002W)

Feb. 1, 2015—  Catalog Description: Introduction to Judaism and Jewish history through philosophical, political, social, and artistic perspectives. Biblical studies; antiquity and the medieval world; modern and contemporary experience; and culture, philosophy, and literature. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible...

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In a Pluralistic Age: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Spain (JS1111.01)

Feb. 1, 2015—Catalog Description: Independent learning and inquiry in an environment in which students can express knowledge and defend opinions through intensive class discussion, oral presentations, and written expression. From the Syllabus: Between 711 and 1492 Jews Christians and Muslims created one...

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Civil Rights and Wrongs: Black-Jewish Relations in the 1950s and 1960s (JS1111.04)

Feb. 1, 2015—From the Syllabus: Blacks and Jews have shared a long and varied history together, particularly in the American context, as there have been strong forces pulling the two groups simultaneously together and apart.  Through an examination of historical and literary...

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Gender, Sexuality, and Desire in Jewish Literature (JS 1111.05)

Feb. 1, 2015—From the Syllabus: In this course we will examine representations of gender, sexuality, and desire in Jewish literature. Our readings will span a broad range of literary texts, from biblical stories to contemporary American Yiddish Literature. This course will serve...

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Jews and Muslims: A Modern History (JS1111.09)

Feb. 1, 2015—Catalog Description: Independent learning and inquiry in an environment in which students can express knowledge and defend opinions through intensive class discussion, oral presentations, and written expression. From the Syallbus: What do you think of when you hear the words...

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Jews in the Medieval World (JS1220)

Jan. 25, 2015—Catalog Description: Jewish experience from the 2nd century CE to 1492. Legal status of Jews; economic and religious developments. Burning the Talmud, age of charters, reaction to the Crusades, Jewish expulsion from Spain. From the Syllabus: This course will examine...

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The New Testament in its Jewish Context (JS2100)

Jan. 22, 2015—Catalog Description: Documents of the origin of Christianity and the social, literary, ideological, and theological contexts in which they emerged and which they reflect. Various critical methodologies employed in interpreting them. From the Syllabus: This course offers an introduction to...

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Issues in Rabbinic Literature (JS2150)

Jan. 21, 2015—Catalog Description:History of Rabbinic thought from its origins to the Middle Ages through the reading of central Rabbinic texts. Capital punishment, women in Rabbinic culture, sectarianism, and the power structures of Roman Palestine and Sasanian Babylonia. Next Offered: AXLE Category:...

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Witnesses Who Were Not There: Literature of the Children of Holocaust Survivors (JS2250W)

Jan. 16, 2015—Catalog Description: Fiction and non-fiction produced by children of Holocaust survivors. From the Syllabus: While much has been written about and by those who survived the German concentration camps during World War II, both fiction and nonfiction, relatively little has...

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Jewish Storytelling (JS 2270W)

Jan. 15, 2015—Catalog Description: Twentieth-century short fiction and narrative traditions. The transition from religious to secular cultural forms. Immigration and ethnic literary forms. All works are in English or English translation from Yiddish, Hebrew, and Russian. Repeat credit for students who have...

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Jewish Humor (JS2280W)

Jan. 15, 2015—Catalog Description: The flowering of Jewish humor, especially in the U.S. during the twentieth century. Vaudeville, radio comedy, and the Golden Age of television. The careers and works of influential comics, writers and filmmakers, and the development of stand-up comedy. The...

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Imagining the Alien: Jewish Science Fiction (JS 2290W)

Jan. 13, 2015—Catalog Description: Science Fiction and speculative fiction by Jewish writers in cultural context.  Aliens, robots, and secret selves; time travel: Utopia, political critique, and questions of Jewish identity. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible for Credit in: Taught...

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Modern Jewish Thought (JS2300)

Jan. 12, 2015—Catalog Description: Jewish intellectual responses to major transformations of modernity. Impact of secularization, universalism, pluralism, nationalism, and gender theories on Jewish thought and identity. Conflicting perspectives of tradition, education, culture, and religion. Relationship between Israel and the diaspora. Next Offered:...

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Freud and Jewish Identity (JS2320)

Jan. 12, 2015—Catalog Description: Analysis of rhetoric and themes in selected writings of Sigmund Freud and his times, development of assimilation and of anti-Semitic repudiation. From the Syllabus: This course examines selected writings of Sigmund Freud within the context of contemporary Viennese...

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Is God Guilty? The Problem of Evil in Judaism (JS2330)

Jan. 12, 2015—The classic problem of theodicy: If there is a God, how can there be evil in the world? Jewish approaches to the question, from the Bible to after the Holocaust. Catalog Description: Origin, nature, and representations of evil from Scripture through the...

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American Jewish Life (JS 2400)

Jan. 9, 2015—Catalog Description: Diversity, individualism, and change in Jewish life. Food and culture, memory and identity, gender and assimilation, Reform-Conservative-Orthodox culture wars From the Syllabus: This class explores key trends, innovations, dilemmas and flashpoints in contemporary American Jewish life. We ask...

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The Jewish Diaspora (JS2450)

Jan. 9, 2015—Catalog Description: Changing Jewish communities, especially outside the United States and Israel, in macro-historical context. Post-communist European Jewish identity. New global diasporas and their relationship to the largest Jewish communities in Israel and the United States From the Syllabus: Of...

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Social Movements in Modern Jewish Life (JS2560)

Jan. 8, 2015—Catalog Description: How social movements shape contemporary American Jewish culture and politics. Explores movements internal to Judaism and those bringing religion into the public sphere. From the Syllabus: Social movements change worlds. They mobilize and empower people to shape policy...

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Muslims and Jews (JS2600)

Jan. 8, 2015—Catalog Description: Muslim-Jewish relations from the beginning of Islam to the present. Mohammed and the Jews, Jewish roles in Islamic cultures, status of Muslims in contemporary Israel, recent Jewish exodus from Muslim lands From the Syllabus: In this course we...

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Jews in Egypt (JS2620)

Jan. 8, 2015—Catalog Description: Jewish life and experience under Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Muslim rule in Egypt from the Ptolemies to 1956 and after. Jewish self-government, economic life, and culture over twenty-three centuries, as seen through letters, documents, and imaginative literature. From...

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Reading Across Boundaries: Jewish and Non-Jewish Texts (JS3210)

Jan. 6, 2015—Catalog Description: Jewish and non-Jewish literary and historical texts studied in parallel so as to discover the differences between them. The course will consider texts from the ancient world to the early modern period and ask what constitutes Jewish writing...

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Senior Project in Jewish Studies (JS 4970)

Jan. 1, 2015—  Course Description Readings and independent research. Prerequisite: senior standing. (This course will satisfy the Senior Capstone requirement for the Jewish Studies major. Senior Capstone project proposal must be approved by the Jewish Studies Program’s director of undergraduate studies.) [3]...

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11/23/2014: Brunch and Learn with Julia Phillips Cohen

Nov. 23, 2014—Professor Julia Phillips Cohen will discuss the history of Sephardi Jewry and her new book, Sephardi Lives, this Sunday, November 23rd. Bagels and Coffee will be provided! Copies of Professor Cohen’s book will be also available for purchase and signing...

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11/13/2014: Brandeis U's ChaeRan Freeze visits Vanderbilt

Nov. 13, 2014—Brandeis University’s Associate Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Dr. ChaeRan Freeze, comes to Vanderbilt on November 13th. “Illness and Everyday Life in Imperial Russia” Thursday, November 13th, 12:00PM, Buttrick 123 Lunch Provided     BRIEF BIOGRAPHY Dr. Freeze...

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11/12/2014: Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman and Rakefet Zalashik at Parnassus Books

Nov. 12, 2014—Prof. Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman and visiting international scholar Rakefet Zalashik will speak at Parnassus Books on the evening of November 12, 2014. They will discuss their co-authored book, A Jew’s Best Friend? The Image of the Dog Throughout Jewish History. Copies...

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Joskowicz's "Antisemitism, Anti-Catholicism, and Anticlericalism" featured on Religion and Culture Web Forum

Oct. 6, 2014—Chapter One of Professor Ari Joskowicz’s monograph, The Modernity of Others: Jewish Anti-Catholicism in Germany and France, is featured this month on the Religion and Culture Web Forum of the Martin Marty Center of University of Chicago. Two scholars, Gil...

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Sephardi Lives in Jewish Review of Books

Sep. 17, 2014—  Cohen’s Sephardi Lives is featured in the fall issue of the Jewish Review of Books. Read more at  http://jewishreviewofbooks.com/archive/issues/fall-2014/

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Jack Sasson’s scholarly efforts in Assyriology honored

Aug. 1, 2014—Jack M. Sasson, the Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible at Vanderbilt, has been inducted into the International Association for Assyriology’s Honorary Council.

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Julia Phillips Cohen

Jul. 28, 2013—Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and History

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Shaul Kelner

Jul. 19, 2013—Director, Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies

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