Advisory Faculty: Professors: DARROW*, JUST. Associate Professor: CHRISTENSEN. Assistant Professor: KRAUS, Coordinator, LEVENE**.

Williams offers a variety of courses specifically directed to students interested in Jewish Studies. In addition, many other courses incorporate topics relevant to the study of Judaism. Students are encouraged to integrate courses from diverse disciplines with a focus in Jewish history, religion, literature, language, and thought. Thus, rather than emphasizing a particular method of inquiry, Jewish Studies courses bring together students from different departments who share interest in a common topic. As a result, Jewish subjects are analyzed from a multitude of perspectives (religious, philosophical, political, historical, psychological, literary, etc.). Williams offers two types of courses related to Jewish Studies: Courses directly focusing on Jewish topics and courses partially devoted to some aspect of Judaism. In order to receive a solid foundation in Jewish Studies, students are strongly encouraged to take at least three courses: REL 203 or REL 209, one "text" course (CLAS/REL 201, 207, 208, CRHE 201-202, ENGL 344, and one "thought" course (REL 206, REL 284, REL 290). The Jewish Studies cluster also sponsors an on-going series of dinner/colloquia throughout each semester on topics of general interest to faculty and students participating in the cluster.

[ ] Courses not offered in 2001-2002 are listed in brackets.

Courses in Jewish Studies

[ArtH 363 The Holocaust Visualized]
(to be offered Winter Study 2002) E. Grudin

Classics/Religion 025 Intercultural Interchange in
Israel and Jordan Kraus

[Classics/Comparative Literature/Religion Literature 201 Reading the
Hebrew Bible] Kraus

[Classics/Religion 203 Introduction to Judaism] Kraus or Levene

[Classics/Comparative Literature/Religion 207 Biblical Interpretation in
Classical Antiquity] Kraus

[Classics/Religion 208 The Hellenistic World and the
Emergence of Rabbinic Judaism] Kraus

CRHE 201-202 Hebrew (offered if tutor available)

English/American Studies344 Imagining American Jews L. Graver

[Political Science 267 Arab-Israeli Relations] M. Lynch

[Religion 206 Judaism and the Critique of Modernity] Levene

Religion 209/American Studies 213/History 374 American
Jewish History Verter

[Religion 284 Imitating God: Wisdom and Virtue in
Jewish Thought] Levene

Religion 290 Heideggar and Levinas Levene

Courses Partially Related to Jewish Studies

Anthropology/Classics/INTR280 Myth Hoppin and Just

[Classics/Religion 274 Women's Religious Experiences in the Ancient
Mediterranean World] Buell

[Comparative Literature 152 Adultery and the Fallen Woman] Cassiday

Comparative Literature 402/French 330 Senior Seminar: The Poetics and
Politics of Memory Stamelman

German 203 German Studies 1900-1938 Druxes

[History 129 Religion, Race and Gender in the Age of
the French Revolution] Singham

History 225/Religion 216 Church, State, and Society in the
Middle Ages (A.D. 200-1500) Goldberg

[History 228 (formerly 209) Europe in the Twentieth Century] Waters

[History 331 The French and Haitian Revolutions] Singham

[History 358 (formerly 242) "The Good War": World War II and
American Culture and Society] Kunzel

[History 425/Religion 215 The First Crusade] Goldberg

[History 478 (formerly 381) The Ghetto From Venice to Harlem] Wilder

History 487T (formerly 374T) The Second World War:
Origins, Course, Outcomes, and Meaning Wood

[History 490T (formerly 350T) History, Nostalgia, and
the Politics of Collective Memory] Waters

[Political Science/Philosophy 231 Ancient Political Thought] Reinhardt

[Political Science 244 Middle East Politics: State
Formation and Nationalism] M. Lynch

[Political Science 309 Comparative Constitutionalism] Jacobsohn

Religion 101 Introduction to Religion Religion Department

[Religion 231/History 209 (formerly 275) The Origins of Islam:
God, Empire and Apocalypse] Darrow

[Religion 281 Theism, Atheism, and Existentialism] Levene

Religion 288 Monasteries, Yeshivas, and other Universities:
Religion and the Nature of Education Dreyfus

Russian 402 Senior Seminar: Spectacles on His Nose, and Autumn in His Heart-The World of Isaac Babel Van de Stadt

Croghan Professorship

Each year, in addition to the regular course offerings listed above, Williams sponsors the Croghan Bicentennial Visiting Professor in Religion who offers one course in Judaism and/or Christianity. This year's Croghan Professor is Helmut Koester, Professor of New Testament Studies at the Harvard Divinity School. Past Croghan Professors have taught courses on the Mishnah (Shaye Cohen), the historical Jesus (John Dominic Crossan), and Ancient Mediterranean Religions (Ross Kraemer).

Overseas Studies

Studying in Israel is highly recommended for students interested in Jewish Studies. Many students have spent a semester or year at Hebrew University. In Winter Study 2002, there will be a travel course to the Middle East, Classics/Religion 025 Israel and Jordan: Intercultural Interchange, Ancient and Modern.


The Bronfman Fund for Judaic Studies was established in 1980 by Edgar M. Bronfman '50, Samuel Bronfman II '75, and Matthew Bronfman '80. The Bronfman Fund provides opportunities for the Williams community to learn about Jewish history and culture, both within the College's formal curriculum and through the planning of major events on Jewish themes.

The Morris Wiener and Stephen R. Wiener '56 Fund for Jewish Studies was established in 1997 through the estate of Stephen R. Wiener '56. The Wiener gifts have provided an endowment to support a faculty position in modern Jewish thought, and are used to underwrite an annual lecture, forum or event relevant to contemporary Jewish life.