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Professor Tatjana Lichtenstein offers 2012 Maymester 'Uncovering Jewish Prague: Past and Present'

Posted: September 19, 2011
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Students will have the opportunity to explore Jewish culture in the Czech Republic next spring, in Professor Tatjana Lichtenstein's 2012 Maymester "Uncovering Jewish Prague: Past and Present."

The four-week study abroad program, open to all students, begins May 28, 2012 and comprises four credits: HIS 362G (cross-listed as JS 364/RS 357/REE 335/EUS 346), "Uncovering Jewish Prague," and UGS 119, "International Learning Seminar: Czech Republic." Read Lichtenstein's Maymester description below:

"With evidence of a rich Jewish past all around us, this Maymester course in Prague invites students to explore the city and uncover what it can tell us about Jewish life, past and present.  Designed for students with or without prior knowledge of Judaism and Jewish customs, the readings, lectures, and excursions will give students a solid command of Jewish culture and the city’s Jewish history.  This will form the basis for students’ independent research and group projects in which they use specific places in the city as entry points into its history.  Together we will tour the city from the crooked medieval lanes of the Lesser Side to the imposing boulevards built on top of the razed old Jewish quarter.  We will also travel to destinations outside of Prague to study what Jewish life was like and how it is being remembered.  We will visit small towns where evidence of early modern Jewish life abounds as well as places that remind us of the destruction of Jewish life in the twentieth century such as Auschwitz."

To learn more about Uncovering Jewish Prague, visit one of Lichtenstein's three information sessions: Fri., Sept. 30, 12 noon–1 p.m. (GAR 2.128); Tues., Oct. 11, 5–6 p.m. (GAR 2.112); or Weds., Oct. 19, 5–6 p.m. (GAR 0.120). If you cannot make any session, e-mail Professor Tatjana Lichenstein, Helena Wilkins-Versalovic of the Study Abraod Office, or the Department of History's advisors.

Applications are available here and due Tues., Nov. 1.

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