Fall 2023 Courses

HBR  101 – 0180    Beginning Modern Hebrew – Online Live, 11:00-12:15, TTh

Woman standing near a railing holding a flower.A systematic study of the basics of the Hebrew language. Equal emphasis is placed on developing reading, listening comprehension, speaking and writing skills. For students with minimal or no previous knowledge of Modern Hebrew. No Prerequisites. General Education: Cultural Diversity & International Perspectives. Instructor: Shellie Batuski, shellie.batuski@maine.edu

HTY 411 – 0001 The Holocaust – Stevens Hall 375, 11:00-12:15, TTh

Dr. Anne Kelly KnowlesThe Nazi persecution and extermination of European Jews (1933-1945) including the exploration of modern anti-Semitism, Nazi ideology, the persecution of German Jews after 1933, and the extermination of six million European Jews in Nazi occupied Europe during the Second World War. Prerequisites: Three credits in History or instructor permission. General Education: Cultural Diversity & International Perspectives, and Western Cultural Tradition Instructor: Anne Knowles, anne.knowles@maine.edu

JST  200 – 0001 Introduction to Judaism – Williams Hall 206, 2:00-3:15, TTh

This course presents students with a survey of the developments in Jewish belief, practice, institutions and self-understanding from the Biblical period through the present day.  Through the study of both primary and secondary sources, students will become familiar with the major canonical texts of Judaism, religious law, liturgy, rites of passage, the Sabbath and festivals.  Students will learn how Jewish values, beliefs, philosophies, rituals and institutions developed within a variety of historical and cultural settings.  Students will learn of the unique way in which Jews and Judaism engage with themselves, with G-d, and with humanity. No prerequisites. General Education: Western Cultural Tradition Instructor: Rabbi Samuel Weiss, samuel.weiss@maine.edu


PHI  105 – 0001   Introduction to Religious Studies – Stevens Hall 355, 9:00-9:50, MWF

Derek A. MichaudAn analysis of religion as an expression of human culture past and present.  Considers institutional and non-institutional manifestations of religion as conveyed through myth and symbol, religious experience, struggle for societal change, mysticism, and quests for the articulation of human values.  Inquiry by various disciplines will be considered, e.g., anthropology, psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, and theology. No prerequisites. General Education: Social Contexts & Institutions and Western Cultural Tradition Instructor: Derek A. Michaud, derek.a.michaud@maine.edu



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