NEAREAST 295 - First Year Seminar in Near Eastern Studies
Section: 001 Coffee, Conversation, and Modern Jewish Culture
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will explore the formation of modern Jewish culture during the late 19th and 20th century by examining the role of urban cafés in Eastern and Central Europe, North-America and Israel, Since the dawn of modernity, coffeehouses played a key role as spaces of political, financial, scientific and literary exchange. The public space of cafés especially appealed to Jews, so much so that in many places Jews became identified with café culture. As Jews migrated to new cities, cafés functioned as a “silk road” of modern Jewish creativity. We will examine historical, literary, journalistic and autobiographical texts, as well as photographs, artworks, architecture and design. Students will engage with course materials through reading, writing, and discussion, as well as by creating and presenting a final project, using innovative digital tools that integrate mapping, images, texts, and storytelling.

(Students who take this course are eligible to participate and get credit for a study abroad course connection in Israel during the Spring term).

NEAREAST 295 - First Year Seminar in Near Eastern Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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