Jewish Studies Program
University of Houston
613 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-6000

Contact:
Marie-Theresa Hernandez
mthdz@uh.edu 

Fall 2012 Courses

WCL 2380 (35984): INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH STUDIES

WCL 2380

FALL 2012 Semester
Instructor: Dr. David Brenner

This brand new course explores Jewish literature, history, and art, especially in fiction and film. Because of the ethnic and geographic diversity of Jews, the class is also an excellent introduction to cross-cultural study. Questions to be addressed include: What is the relationship between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? How did Jewish communities adapt to the various societies to which they migrated? In what ways do the Holocaust, Israel, and religious fundamentalism inform the lives of American Jewry today?

Prerequisite: ENGL 1304 or equivalent. This course is open to everyone: no knowledge of Jews or Judaism is assumed. Grades will be based on quizzes, short essays, and in-class participation.











WCL 3384 Jewish Women through Biography

WCL 3384

FALL 2012 Semester
Instructor: Heilbrunn | Th 2:30-5:30

  • Meets requirements for Judaic Studies, Women’s Studies, World History Majors
  • Learn about Jewish women from India, Egypt, Germany, Russia, Poland, Israel, Argentina, the United States and more.
  • Discuss Jewish women throughout history to the present day.
  • Famous women who have transformed our lives, and the everyday lives of everyday women – approached through a variety of materials, including autobiography as well as cookbooks, prayers, and film.
  • From a 17th century international businesswoman to a 20th century labor organizer, from feminists and campaigners against white slave trade to suffragists, pioneers, and immigrants, students, women of learning, mothers.