Jewish Studies Reading Group

 

Coordinator: Tal Grebel (NELC): jewish-studies-reading-group@fas.harvard.edu

MEETING DATES FOR THE FALL 2016 SEMESTER

SEPTEMBER: Tues 27

OCTOBER: Wed 19; Wed 26

NOVEMBER: Tues 1; Tues 15; Tues 29

READINGS

There is generally one reading to prepare per meeting. Each reading is sent a week before the meeting. Below is a syllabus from which you can choose a reading to present, if you don't have a reading in mind already (thank you to Saul Zarrit/Adam Newton for the syllabus below!). The theme of the next few meetings is "what is Jewish Studies" (and should we even have to define it). 

Again, the overarching goal of the meetings is to see how Jewish Studies can relate to different fields, uniting topics separated by time and space through common/comparable questions.

PRESENTATIONS

Please keep in mind the following structure for each presentation :

BEFORE THE MEETING

- provide the reading to the group at least 1 week before the meeting

AT THE MEETING

- focus on overarching themes/questions that are not limited by chronology/discipline jargon (our goal is to transcend current boundaries between disciplines). An example would be to focus on the theme of compassion, or power, or community (you get the idea) as it relates to the reading

- give a 5 minute spiel summarizing the reading

- prepare a list of questions to help the group think through the reading

Syllabus of suggested readings:

The (Evolving) Practice of Jewish Studies: Ideas and Methods