Provides educational, cultural, and social involvement opportunities for Jewish students to assist in the historical commitment to a pluralist community.
As part of the Jewish Studies Program’s independent study requirements, students must complete a detailed exploration of literature, authors, a selected time period, a historical or religious topic, or issue related to Jewish Studies. This exercise engages students in library or action research, research design or application, or creative work in the arts under a faculty member’s direction. This exercise culminates the minor in Jewish Studies.
Dylan Furlano ’14, “Auschwitz: A Museum Study,” paper investigating Auschwitz as a museum, both looking into the past and forecasting into the future (J. Bodinger, Director).
Ben Bosnic ’14, “Yiddish Theater,” an examination of Yiddish culture and Jewish community tracing how that interaction influenced theater productions from Ansky’s The Dybbuk to Jewish performances on Broadway (D. Powers, Director).
Devon Ingold ’13, “Artistic Representations of the Holocaust,” paper interrogating the aesthetic goals of memorials about the Holocaust, exploring the tension between the artist’s desire to memorialize those who died and to evoke emotion from the observer (K. Palley, Director).
Katie Mongell ’10, “Surrealism in the Holocaust Photography of Lee Miller,” paper exploring the ways that photography can disrupt the complacencies of consumer culture and reflecting on the incongruity of Vogue magazine serving as a venue for illustrating the aftermath of war and genocide (L. Roth, Director).
Amanda Zucker ’07, “Culture, Community, and the Role of Jewish Publishing in America” (L. Roth, Director).
Sharon Berman ’07, “Targum” (Hebrew for “translation”), a paper in which she translated a chapter from Nehemiah in the Hebrew Bible and a poem by Yehuda Amichai, two works of Hebrew literature that speak to and against each other through their use of similar tropes and themes (L. Roth, Director).
Shannon Nagy ’05, helping to research and co-write with the Coordinator an entry on “The Holocaust in Film” for the Encyclopedia of Religion & Film (L. Roth, Director).
Emily Torricelli ’05, “Academic Dishonesty,” original screenplay in which she explored lures and consequences of “discovering” a Holocaust primary source (a diary) in order to complete an assignment in a historiography seminar (L. Roth, Director).
Emily Moniz ’04, “The Last of the Portuguese Jews: Sweetbread, Synagogue, and Saudades,” critical narrative/memoir on Jewish identity and the Portuguese-American community (L. Roth, Director).