2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog

Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Faculty

Amiram Amitai, Lecturer
Grace Morgan Armstrong, Professor and Coordinator of Middle Eastern Languages (on leave semester II)
Deborah Harrold, Lecturer and Coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies
Tamara Neuman, Visiting Assistant Professor

Modern Hebrew language instruction is available at Bryn Mawr through the intermediate level; at Swarthmore College biblical Hebrew is offered in a two-semester sequence through the first-year level, and additional reading in Classical Jewish texts is available in directed reading, one-half-credit courses. At Haverford, Judaic Studies courses are offered by the Department of Religion. Bryn Mawr also offers several courses which complement Haverford’s offerings in Judaic Studies. All of these courses are listed in the Tri-Co Course Guide under the heading “Hebrew and Judaic Studies.”

HEBR B001 Elementary Hebrew
This is a year-long course. This course prepares students for reading classical religious texts as well as modern literary work. It covers grammar, composition, and conversation with primary emphasis on fluency in reading as well as the development of basic conversational skills.
(Amitai, Language Level 1)
Not offered in 2010-11.

HEBR B002 Elementary Hebrew
This is a year-long course. This course prepares students for reading classical religious texts as well as modern literary work. It covers grammar, composition, and conversation with primary emphasis on fluency in reading as well as the development of basic conversational skills.
(Amitai, Language Level 1)
Not offered in 2010-11.

HEBR B101 Intermediate Hebrew
The course is designed for students who took the Elementary Hebrew course in Bryn Mawr or its equivalents in other institutions, assuming basic fluency in reading, writing, grammar, syntax, and conversation in Hebrew. It expands the knowledge of the above, while emphasizing reading, writing, and class discussions of modern literary works as well as some classical religious texts. It integrates textbooks’ material with Hebrew videos and films, short stories and songs. Students who feel qualified to take this course, but have not taken Elementary Hebrew at Bryn Mawr, are encouraged to discuss it with the instructor. This is a year-long course.
(Amitai, Language Level 2)

HEBR B102 Intermediate Hebrew
The course is designed for students who took the Elementary Hebrew course in Bryn Mawr or its equivalents in other institutions, assuming basic fluency in reading, writing, grammar, syntax, and conversation in Hebrew. It expands the knowledge of the above, while emphasizing reading, writing, and class discussions of modern literary works as well as some classical religious texts. It integrates textbooks’ material with Hebrew videos and films, short stories and songs. Students who feel qualified to take this course, but have not taken Elementary Hebrew at Bryn Mawr, are encouraged to discuss it with the instructor. This is a year-long course.
(Amitai, Language Level 2)

HEBR B110 Israeli Cinema
The course traces the evolution of the Israeli cinema from ideologically charged visual medium to a universally recognized film art, as well as the emergent Palestinian cinema and the new wave of Israeli documentaries. It will focus on the historical, ideological, political, and cultural changes in Israeli and Palestinian societies and their impact on films’ form and content.
(Amitai, Division III: Humanities)

HEBR B211 Primo Levi: The Holocaust and its Aftermath
(Patruno, Division III: Humanities)

HEBR B248 Modern Middle East Cities
(Harrold, Division I: Social Science)
Cross-listed as POLS B248
Cross-listed as CITY B248
Not offered in 2010-11.

HEBR B261 Palestine and Israeli Society
(Neuman, Division I: Social Science)
Cross-listed as ANTH B261
Cross-listed as HIST B261
Not offered in 2010-11.

HEBR B283 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa

(Harrold, Division I: Social Science)
Cross-listed as POLS B283
Cross-listed as HIST B283
Not offered in 2010-11.

HEBR B310 Topics in German Literature: Leaps of Faith: Religion in German Literature and Culture
(Meyer, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as GERM B310

HEBR B342 Middle Eastern Diasporas
(Neuman, Division I: Social Science)
Cross-listed as ANTH B342
Cross-listed as GNST B342
Not offered in 2010-11.

HEBR B380 Topics in Contemporary Art
(Saltzman, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as HART B380
Cross-listed as GERM B380
Not offered in 2010-11.

HEBR B403 Supervised Work in Intermediate Hebrew
(Amitai)

From year to year, additional course listings in the departments of Foreign Languages, History, and History of Art may also be appropriate for credit in this program.