Jewish History

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Jewish History
Spring 2024
Taught By: Philip Keisman
Section: A

CRN: 5702

Credits: 4

This course explores major topics in Jewish history from antiquity to the post-World-War-II era. We will consider how Jews developed their own social, cultural, political, and religious practices and engaged with different societies and cultures in the times and locations where they lived. In the process, we will question what is “Jewish” about Jewish history, what “Jewishness” means, whether we can speak of a single history of the Jews, and the tension between history and memory. Jewish migration—from the decision to pack up and leave to arrival and settling in the receiving country—will constitute a central theme of the course, as we investigate the development of the diaspora and the many types of Jewishness we know today. We will start with formative works like the Bible and Talmud and continue with primary religious, political, literary, and journalistic sources, ranging from Kabbalistic and Hasidic texts, to political treatises, to Sholem Aleichem’s Tevye the Dairyman. Throughout, we will examine issues of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and disability, and ask how these shaped Jews’ understandings of themselves, relationships to the people and places where they made their homes, and interactions with the governments, cultures, and societies they encountered along the way.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (HIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:50pm EDT 7/12/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 8:00am - 9:40am
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 263
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/9/2024