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Courses - Spring 2023
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Selected Topics in History; Personal Stories of Migrations: (Re)Creating Communities Amidst Dramatic Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with JWST429C and HJWST648C. Credit only granted for JWST429C, JWST648C, or HIST428E.

As migrants struggle to establish themselves in new social, economic, and political environments they must cope with the trauma that drove them from their homes and with the culture shock of their new lands. They require resilience to reinvent themselves, to seize new opportunities, and to build new lives and communities. We will use oral histories, autobiographical writings, as well as paintings, photos and other visual expressions of self, to explore the experience of Jewish immigrants to North America. Personal stories will give us new insights into the long history of Jewish communities in North America.