YU Offers Wide Range of Summer Courses

Beginning July 12, Second Session Includes Online and On Campus Classes

Hundreds of current and visiting students are immersed in Yeshiva University’s rich selection of courses for Summer 2017, offered in two sessions by the Mordecai D. and Monique C. Katz School of Graduate and Professional Studies in fields that range from political science to accounting and Judaic studies. The program’s second term begins on July 12 and features many online or blended courses in addition to those on the Wilf and Beren Campuses, which enables students to accommodate busy internship and travel schedules by completing their work on a flexible timetable and from varying locations.

Several courses will explore an interesting take on contemporary life. Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, associate professor of English, will examine how humans create personal identity in a course called “Face-to-Face: Modern Complex Identities in Contemporary Film.” By performing shot and scene analyses of selected movies, students will be able to explore the role cinematic images play in creating narratives about identity.

The course is completely online, but as Stewart explains, “I introduce all of the modules in short video introductions, and throughout the course students are actually in contact with me on a daily basis through writing short reaction pieces to the movies and getting personal feedback – it’s really the opposite of distance learning.”

Those looking to deepen their connection to Jewish history should check out Dr. Joshua Karlip’s online course, “Jews in Eastern Europe 1500-1945.” Karlip, associate professor of Jewish history, will delve into the experience of what was once the world’s largest Jewish population from its rise to its destruction in the Holocaust. “We will give particular emphasis to the religious, cultural, and political movements that were born and/or uniquely impacted East European Jewry, such as Hasidism, Mussar, Haskalah, Zionism, Jewish socialism, and Yiddish culture,” said Karlip, who looks forward to connecting with a new audience through this forum. Students will be able to explore these themes through readings, videos, and online discussion posts.

Other intriguing offerings include Dr. David Sugarman’s “New York City in Text and Image,” which considers how art might make us better readers of the City and how the City in turns make us better readers of culture; “Terrorism” with Dr. Yoav Fromer, which investigates the two distinct but related phenomena of terrorism and guerilla warfare; and “The History of Women in the U.S.,” with Kate Mazza-Weintraub, a historical survey of women’s experiences in the United States from the colonial era to the present.

Students will also find courses in economics, mathematics, physics and English, among other areas. For more information, visit www.yu.edu/katz/program/summer/courses.