NEAREAST 291 - Humanities Topics in Near Eastern Studies
Section: 003 The Immigrant Experience: Armenians, Arabs and Jews in America
Term: FA 2016
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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This course looks at the immigration, integration and naturalization processes of Armenians, Arabs and Jews in America from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. It particularly explores the ways in which these immigrant groups and their descendants became Americans, while at the same time, retained some collective distinctive features as ethno-religious groups, developed loyalties to places of their origin and to their real or imaginary homelands in the Middle East. Through these immigrant experiences and by looking at the ways in which these groups negotiated their racial, confessional and ethnic identities, this course will provide a fresh perspective on modern history of the United States. As part of these immigrant experiences, we will revisit the separation of church and state; Americanization and the ‘melting pot'; conceptions of race and ethnicity in American society. The course will be based on the critique of the conventional perceptions of assimilation and diaspora, which either emphasize the complete dissolution of the immigrant populations in the ‘melting pot', or their full or partial alienation from the host-country society.

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NEAREAST 291 - Humanities Topics in Near Eastern Studies
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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