Studies at Delaware is an intellectually compelling, interdisciplinary program
that offers a broad range of courses in Jewish culture, especially its
literature, language, and history, as well as its ethics, politics, and
philosophy. The program’s courses allow you to explore two thousand years of a rich heritage and
civilization, from its ancient origins to contemporary forms in the United
States, Israel and in communities around the world. The study of Jewish history
provides a window for engaging with profound questions about modernity,
including the impact of modernization on traditional Jewish life and the
critical contributions that Jews have made to the modern world.
Jewish Studies is a uniquely
interdisciplinary field at Delaware. Our courses are cross-listed and taught by
faculty in the departments of History, English, Sociology, Philosophy,
Political Science, Foreign Languages, and others. This diverse range of
disciplines allows the Jewish Studies Minor to enrich many majors at the
University. Courses range from small, intimate seminars to large lecture
courses. Our curriculum is enriched by cultural events and lectures that bring
innovative scholars and artists to campus to share their work and participate
in the intellectual life of the university. The University’s Special
Collections at Morris Library also provides students and faculty with rare
access to the papers of world-famous American Jewish writers, including Allen
Ginsberg, Arthur Miller, Philip Roth, and Gertrude Stein.
The Program is housed
in the Frank and Yetta Chaiken Center for Jewish Studies and was endowed with a
generous gift by the Chaikens.
Alan Kaufman, “Born into Fire,” 2007.
Special Collections, University of Delaware.
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