Course description

This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

The Jewish community of Rome is the oldest one in all of Europe, dating back to 200 BCE, but it is only a part of a complex and fascinating mosaic that is Italian Jewry. In this course we will examine the long Jewish presence in the Italian peninsula through the work of some of Italy's most eminent modern Jewish writers, as well as the writings of historians of Jewish Italy. We will focus on the historical events that have shaped the past hundred and fifty years: the role of Italian Jews in the unification of Italy and state-building, two world wars and different social movements of the pre- and post-WWII eras, and the plurality of Jewish voices today, especially in their relationship to Israel and the diaspora. The course material will include several lectures by Italian scholars active in the field and by at least one writer discussed in the course, and visits to Italian cultural and political institutions relevant to our topic.


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Previously offered classes

The JWST 2720 002-LEC section of this course has been canceled.

Summer 2020: Online course

Section ID:JWST 2720 003-LEC
Class dates:June 1-19, 2020
Due date:Friday June 19, 11:59 PM (see Final exams)
Time / room:
Mode of instruction:Online learning
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Battig von Wittelsbach, K. (keb11)
Max. enroll:20
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To enroll:Enrollment for this class is closed.