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. We will also become familiar with current issues facing Israelis from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds, and Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, and the diaspora. Each week students will write papers responding to our topics and texts.
This program will be delivered on line. We will meet on zoom twice each week, and students will regularly complete assignments and receive support on Canvas. Students will be required to have reliable access to the internet.
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history, politics, education.