Judaic Studies

Religion from Below - HMAN 1975R
Professor Michael L. Satlow - W 12pm-2:30pm

There has always been a tension between "religion," as it is practiced by ordinary people and communities, and the prescriptions of those who see themselves, or who have more official roles, as religious "elite." What, though, does it mean to speak of this “lived” or “popular” religion? Primarily through the close readings of case studies, this course will explore how scholars approach and theorize actual lived religious practice, and whether through such a cross-disciplinary and transhistorical approach we might be able to think more broadly about the ways in which people approach religion, and the reasons they do so.

Narratives of Racism: Lynchings, Miscarriages of Justice, and Internment Camps in America - UNIV 1005
Professor David C. Jacobson - MWF 10am-10:50am

In this course, we will study narrative accounts of 20th-century American incidents in which racism led to the persecution of members of minority groups by means of lynchings, miscarriages of justice, or the placement of people in internment camps: the unjustly conducted trial and lynching of the Jewish factory manager Leo Frank accused of murdering a young girl in Georgia; the kidnapping and murder of African American adolescent Emmett Till in Mississippi; and the internment of Japanese descendants during World War II out of fear that they would aid America's enemy.