JUDAIC 441 - The History of Jews at the University of Michigan: Exclusion and Inclusion in American Higher Education
Winter 2017, Section 001
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Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
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Beginning in the 1920s, as Northeastern elite private universities began imposing quotas on the percentage of Jewish students on campus, the University of Michigan became an attractive destination for children of East Coast immigrant families. With a now long tradition of Jewish presence at the University, U-M has served as an important locus for ethnic aspiration, Americanization, and the development of American Jewish culture. Class readings and discussions focus on the history of Jews in American higher education, the history of the University, and the research tools necessary to uncover and share the stories of Jews at U-M.

Despite the historic and contemporary significance of Jewish experience at the University of Michigan, little has been written about U-M Jewish experience. This seminar provides the opportunity to learn about and contribute to a developing narrative of Jewish experience at the University of Michigan. Relevant class and research themes include fraternity/sorority life; the role of Hillel; campus activism; faculty and student experience; how U-M may have replicated the admissions quotas of Eastern elite schools; exclusions and quotas in specific departments and professional schools; campus religious expression; acculturation and assimilation; anti-Semitism; Jewish philanthropy; and the evolution of Judaic Studies. Research projects will be developed in close collaboration with the staff and draw upon the holdings of the Bentley Historical Library.


JUDAIC 441 - The History of Jews at the University of Michigan: Exclusion and Inclusion in American Higher Education
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