This seminar offers both a historical and theoretical introduction to the history of Jews in the Middle East and North Africa, with particular attention to the relationship between Jewish identity and European colonialism.
The Plague Years: AIDS, Art, and the Queer Theory
"As a twenty-three-year-old faggot, I get no affirmation from my culture," wrote Gregg Bordowitz in 1987. "I see issues that affect my lifethe issues raised by AIDSbeing considered in ways that will probably end my life.
Technologies of Feminism
Feminism has always been interested in science and technology. Twitter feminists, transgender hormone therapy, and women in STEM are only more recent developments in the long entangled history of tech, science, and gender.
Madness and Emancipation: The Tales of Rabbi Nachman
This course will introduce students to one of the most creative figures of the Hasidic movement, and one of the key figures in the conceptualization of a Jewish literary modernity. Rabbi Nachman of Braslav (17721810) is widely recognized as a unique figure among Hasidic rabbis.
Seers, Sages, Philosophers: An Introduction to the Pre
Our inquiry will begin with a consideration of Pythagoras, the inventor (according to Plato) of the "philosophical way of life"; we will give particular attention to Pythagoras' legendary role as a law-giver and as the founder of a (short-lived) philosophical community in South Italy in the second half of the sixth century BCE.