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Read article: Minority Groups and the Israeli Peculiarity
Minority Groups and the Israeli Peculiarity
May 14, 2024 1PM CST Online event. Register here.   The State of Israel is a...
Read article: Antisemitism on the American Campus
Antisemitism on the American Campus
  May 1, 2024 9 AM-6:45 PM Levis faculty center 300 register here with NetId or livestream here   Sponsored by the Israel Studies Project, the Program in...
Read article: Yom HaShoah Workshop
Yom HaShoah Workshop
Even as a fourth-generation Jewish Texan, S.L. Wisenberg has always felt the ghost of Europe dogging her steps, making her feel uneasy in her body and in the world. At age six, she’s sure that she hears Nazis at her bedroom window and knows that after they take her away, she’ll die without her...
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Leah Wilks

Alumni spotlight: Leah Wilks

Leah Wilks is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher currently based out of Brooklyn, NY (Munsee Lenape and Canarsie land) and originally from Durham, NC (Eno, Lumbee, Shakori, Sissapahaw, and the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation land). At times, she is also a gardener, an elder-care companion, a musician, and a writer. Her research revolves around embodied memory, death and dying practices, ritual, and endurance. Leah has taught and shared her work in a variety of locations including the American Dance Festival, Elon University, University of Michigan, Ponderosa Tanzland festival, Gibney...

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Jewish Life in Central Illinois

Treasure Found! Those of you who love going through your grandparents’ old drawers or boxes up in the attic--join me on this adventure! In this hands-on history class, we will become detectives and storytellers as we sift through, catalogue, and sort documents and photos that have never been worked on before.

JS 495 Spring 2024

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Wars and Conflicts in the Middle East from Antiquity Till Today

Because of its geostrategic importance, the Middle East has been, since immemorial times, the focus of conflicts and wars, some of which have had a global impact. It is generally assumed that the Middle East serves as an arena of competition between its countries, its peoples, and the world's great powers.

CLCV 220 Spring 2024

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Spectacles of Terror & Theories of Violence

From The Battle of Algiers (1966) to Omar (2014) and Bethlehem (2014) this graduate seminar takes a comparative approach to examining cinematic depictions of terrorism. Addressing Ruby Rich’s call to approach the study of terrorism and film.

CWL 581

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Development of Ancient Cities

Explore the monuments, archaeological remains, and histories illustrating the development of the earliest states and urban centers of the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East, including Uruk, Jerusalem, Carthage, Athens, and Rome.

JS 231

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Jewish Life in Small Central Illinois Communities

Treasure Found!! Those of you who have always loved going through your grandparents' old drawers, or the boxes up in the attic - join me in this adventure! We will be going through the archive of the Jewish communities of the central mid-west.

JS 495

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Lit Responses to the Holocaust

In this film course we will be watching and discussing Holocaust Cinema. We will consider different genres, including documentaries, testimony, comedy, drama, musicals and action-adventure films. We consider films from different locations, including the UK, the US, Israel, Poland, Hungary and Italy.

YDSH 320

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Intermediate Modern Hebrew II

Continuation of HEBR 403. Concentration on ability to engage in reasonable fluent discourse in Hebrew, comprehensive knowledge of formal grammar, and an ability to read easy Hebrew texts. Israeli television programs and movies are used to develop communicative skills and cultural knowledge.

HEBR 404

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Elementary Modern Hebrew II

Continuation of HEBR 201, with introduction of more advanced grammar, and with emphasis on more fluency in speaking and reading. 5 credit hours. Prerequisite: HEBR 201 or equivalent.

HEBR 202