Many Israels

Summer
Summer 2020 (First Session)
Olympia
Olympia
Evening
Evening
Freshman-Senior
Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 16
48Variable
Credits per quarter
Variable Credit Options Available

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Taught by

Nancy Koppelman
American studies

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 19 th 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. All students will write weekly papers responding to our texts. 

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

education, cultural studies, ethics, study abroad, non-profit work

48Variable

Credits per quarter
Variable Credit Options Available

Variable Credit Options:

In addition to writing weekly response papers, students enrolled for 8 credits will also write term papers examining one aspect of Israeli history, society, economy, arts, or politics through the eyes of at least two figures who have different Israels in mind.

Freshman-Senior
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 16
Evening

Scheduled for: Evening

Located in: Olympia

Spring 2020: Contact faculty or check offering in Canvas for first class meeting date and time.