Courses

HEBREW PROGRAM COURSES 2021-2022

Fall 2021

HEBR 110 / 501    Elementary Modern Hebrew (L1)    

Dina Roginsky 

A two-term introduction to the Modern Hebrew language, both spoken and written. Fundamentals of grammar; extensive practice in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension. No previous knowledge required. Successful completion of the fall term required to enroll in the spring term.

MTWTHF 10:30-11:20, HQ 123 - Humanities Quadrangle 123

MTWTHF 11:35-12:25

HEBR 130 / 502 Intermediate Modern Hebrew (L3)   

 Shiri Goren

Builds on and expands knowledge acquired in Hebrew 110 and 120. A content and task-based course that helps students improve their oral and written linguistic skills and their cultural awareness through a variety of materials related to Hebrew/Israeli literature, culture, history, and politics.

Prerequisite: HEBR 120 or a placement test. 

MTWTHF 10:30-11:20, WLH 004 - William L. Harkness Hall 004

MTWTHF 11:35-12:25, WLH 004 - William L. Harkness Hall 004

HEBR 150 / 503 /JDST 213 / MMES 150    Advanced Modern Hebrew: Daily Life in Israel 

(L5)   Orit Yeret

An examination of themes in Israeli life. Reading includes editorials and short newspaper articles. Advanced grammatical and conversational structures are introduced and practiced. Conducted in Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEBR 140, placement test or permission of instructor. 

MW 11:35-12:50, WLH 009 - William L. Harkness Hall 009

HEBR 170 / JDST 421 / MMES 365    Contemporary Israeli Art: 1948-Today 

(L5)   Orit Yeret

An advanced level Modern Hebrew course which focuses on contemporary Israeli art, from 1948 until today. Students engage with diverse Israeli visual art productions—such as: paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, new media etc.—and employ critical thinking to discuss and analyze a variety of art pieces. Prerequisite: HEBR 140, placement test or permission of instructor. 

MW 2:30-3:45, WLH 115 - William L. Harkness Hall 115

HEBR 162 / 519 / MMES 161 / JDST 319 / 835   Israel in Ideology and Practice 

(L5)   Dina Roginsky

This is an advanced Hebrew class which focuses on changing ideology and politics in Israel. Topics include right and left wing political discourse, elections, State-Religion dynamics, the Jewish-Arab divide, and demographic changes. Materials include newspapers, publications, on-line resources, political speeches  and contemporary and archival footage. Also, this course draws comparisons to American political and ideological discourse. Prerequisite: HEBR 140, placement test, or permission of instructor. 

TTH 2:30-3:45, HQ C05 - Humanities Quadrangle C05

Spring 2022

HEBR 120 / HEBR 501 Elementary Modern Hebrew (L2)  

 Orit Yeret

A two-term introduction to the Hebrew language both spoken and written. Fundamentals of grammar; extensive practice in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension. Successful completion of the fall term or placement test is required to enroll in the spring term.

MTWTHF 9:25–10:20 or 10:30–11:20

HEBR 140 / HEBR 502  Intermediate Modern Hebrew (L4)  

Orit Yeret

A content and task-based course that helps students improve their oral and written linguistic skills and their cultural awareness through a variety of materials related to Hebrew/Israeli literature, culture, history, and politics. Course materials include authentic readings, a feature film, and shorter video clips. Prerequisite: HEBR 130, or a placement test.    

MTWTHF 1:30–2:20 

HEBR 169 / MMES 162 / JDST 403 / LING 165    Languages in Dialogue: Hebrew and Arabic

(L5) Area Hu Dina Roginsky   

Hebrew and Arabic are closely related as sister Semitic languages. They have a great degree of grammatical, morphological, and lexical similarity. Historically, Arabic and Hebrew have been in cultural contact in various places and in different aspects. This advanced Hebrew language class explores linguistic similarities between the two languages as well as cultural comparisons of the communities, built on mutual respect. Students benefit from a  basic exposure to Arabic, based on its linguistic similarity to Hebrew. Conducted in Hebrew.

TTH 11:35-12:50

HEBR 158 / HEBR 505 /JDST 305 / MMES 168    Contemporary Israeli Society in Film 

(L5) Area Hu  Shiri Goren

Examination of major themes in Israeli society through film, with emphasis on language study. 

Topics include ethnicity, migration, gender and sexuality, Jewish/Israeli identity, and private and collective memory. Readings in Hebrew and English provide a sociohistorical background and bases for class discussion. Course conducted in Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEBR 140, placement test, or permission of instructor. 

TTH 1:00–2:15

HEBR 164 / HEBR 563 / JDST 417 / JDST 695 / MMES 167 / REL 360   From Biblical to Modern: Hebrew for Reading Knowledge

Dina Roginsky

Instruction in the linguistic needs of students who have reading knowledge of Biblical Hebrew but cannot read or converse in Modern Hebrew. Concentration on reading comprehension of Modern Hebrew for research purposes, particularly scholarly texts tailored to students’ areas ofinterest. Prerequisite: Two years of Biblical or Modern Hebrew studies, or permission of the instructor. 

TTH 11:35–12:50

MMES 157/NELC557/JDST306/NELC157 Israeli Narratives (TR)

Area HU, WR Shiri Goren

Contemporary representations of social, political and domestic space in Israel through cultural production such as literature, visual work, film and art. Close reading and discussion of major Israeli works in translation with attention to how their themes and forms relate to the Israeli condition. 

The class is conducted in English. No previous knowledge of Hebrew is required. 

W 1:30-3:20