Israel is a distinct country, yet there are many Israels. In 1948 Israel was founded in conflict and its status is still debated today. This class examines ideas about Israel that predate 1948 and that have developed since its independence. Works in history, literature, autobiography, and film will illustrate diverse experiences and claims, particularly since the early 19th century, from a wide range of social, cultural, religious, personal, and political perspectives. The aim is to understand contemporary Israel in a historical context, and to appreciate the many ways that Israel matters and to whom, including critics, supporters, and everyday people. Each week, all students will complete on-line homework, and write papers responding to our topics and texts. 50% of class time will be conducted asynchronously.
Our work will be conducted remotely, using Zoom and Canvas. The faculty will offer alternative assignments if conditions or illness prevent students from accessing our synchronous meetings, which will allow students to earn comparable credit.
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education, cultural studies, ethics, study abroad, non-profit work