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Esther Raizen

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Associate Professor; Associate Dean for Research
Esther Raizen

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Biography

Modern and classical Hebrew language and literature, Jewish history and culture, teaching Hebrew as a foreign language, computer assisted instruction, computational linguistics, academic advising and student development.

Interests

Modern & classical Hebrew language, linguistics & literature; Hebrew as a foreign language; Jewish history & culture; Computer-assisted instruction & computational linguistics

HEB 601C • Intensive Hebrew I

41910 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm MEZ 1.208
(also listed as HEB 381H )
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This course is the first semester of intensive Hebrew language instruction.

Texts

Raizen, Modern Hebrew for Beginners

Grading

To be provided by instructor.

HEB 346 • Parents/Children In Hebrew Lit

41318 • Fall 2012
Meets W 300pm-600pm UTC 1.136
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This course surveys the notion of parents/children relationships as it is reflected in Hebrew literature from Biblical times to modern days. Topics like responsibilities and expectations, love and betrayal, and the roles of different family members in child rearing and in the support of the elderly will be discussed in conjunction with the assumption that the family has served as the cornerstone of Hebrew culture, and that the complexity of issues involved in family relationships mirrors the complexity that defines the individual and collective struggles with the confines of the Jewish faith and conflicts that have characterized Jewish nationalism at various points in time.

The course is taught in Hebrew, and all reading materials are in Hebrew.

Texts/Readings

Hebrew Bible (Genesis, Samuel I II, Kings I II, Job, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs)

Texts in prose and poetry available on the course Blackboard site

Grading Policy

Class attendance and participation 20%

Weekly journals 30%

Final Paper (~10 pages, in Hebrew, typed) 50%

ISL 373 • Isrl/Palestine: Parallel Lives

41495 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 301
(also listed as J S 363, MEL 321, MES 342 )
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Palestinian and Israeli societies have lived side by side for generations, developing their cultural traits in parallel and often within a framework marked by animosity and mutual rejection.  What is the role of popular culture in shaping the political and social consciousness of these societies? Can we find in the respective popular cultures the marks of interaction and mutual influence in addition to the obvious signs of conflict? The course will explore a variety of themes considered central to both societies, focusing on their expression in popular culture.  Students who complete the course successfully will be able to articulate the fundamental values of these societies and draw lines of similarity and difference between them as they reflect on the history of the region and its future.  The themes covered will include, among others, child rearing, rites of passage, romance, dress codes, cuisine, nature conservation, commemoration practices and the power of language.  Each theme will be observed in both societies, with Dr. Mohammad driving the Palestinian perspective and Dr. Raizen driving the Israeli one.  The course will culminate in group projects that will draw on the perspectives of both societies.

The course will be taught in English, and does not assume familiarity with a regional language.  Students will be taught 150 or so words and phrases in Arabic and Hebrew in the course of the semester, and will be introduced to a number of regional proverbs in their original languages.

Texts/Readings

In addition to newspaper articles from Israel and Palestine and other media resources, we will read segments from the following books:

Rebecca L. Stein and Ted Swedenburg, eds.  Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture.  Duke University Press, 2005.

Motti Regev and Edwin Seroussi .  Popular Music and National Culture in Israel.  University of California Press, 2004.Alexandra Nocke.  The Place of the Mediterranean in Modern Israeli Identity.  Middle Eastern Studies Volume 47, Issue 1, 2011.

Grading Policy

Attendance and participation: 30%Three essays:   45%Final project: 25%

MEL 321 • Isrl/Palestine: Parallel Lives

41580 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 301
(also listed as ISL 373, J S 363, MES 342 )
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Palestinian and Israeli societies have lived side by side for generations, developing their cultural traits in parallel and often within a framework marked by animosity and mutual rejection.  What is the role of popular culture in shaping the political and social consciousness of these societies? Can we find in the respective popular cultures the marks of interaction and mutual influence in addition to the obvious signs of conflict? The course will explore a variety of themes considered central to both societies, focusing on their expression in popular culture.  Students who complete the course successfully will be able to articulate the fundamental values of these societies and draw lines of similarity and difference between them as they reflect on the history of the region and its future.  The themes covered will include, among others, child rearing, rites of passage, romance, dress codes, cuisine, nature conservation, commemoration practices and the power of language.  Each theme will be observed in both societies, with Dr. Mohammad driving the Palestinian perspective and Dr. Raizen driving the Israeli one.  The course will culminate in group projects that will draw on the perspectives of both societies.

The course will be taught in English, and does not assume familiarity with a regional language.  Students will be taught 150 or so words and phrases in Arabic and Hebrew in the course of the semester, and will be introduced to a number of regional proverbs in their original languages.

Texts/Readings

In addition to newspaper articles from Israel and Palestine and other media resources, we will read segments from the following books:

Rebecca L. Stein and Ted Swedenburg, eds.  Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture.  Duke University Press, 2005.

Motti Regev and Edwin Seroussi .  Popular Music and National Culture in Israel.  University of California Press, 2004.Alexandra Nocke.  The Place of the Mediterranean in Modern Israeli Identity.  Middle Eastern Studies Volume 47, Issue 1, 2011.

Grading Policy

Attendance and participation: 30%Three essays:   45%Final project: 25%

MES 342 • Isrl/Palestine: Parallel Lives

41720 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 301
(also listed as ISL 373, J S 363, MEL 321 )
show description

Palestinian and Israeli societies have lived side by side for generations, developing their cultural traits in parallel and often within a framework marked by animosity and mutual rejection.  What is the role of popular culture in shaping the political and social consciousness of these societies? Can we find in the respective popular cultures the marks of interaction and mutual influence in addition to the obvious signs of conflict? The course will explore a variety of themes considered central to both societies, focusing on their expression in popular culture.  Students who complete the course successfully will be able to articulate the fundamental values of these societies and draw lines of similarity and difference between them as they reflect on the history of the region and its future.  The themes covered will include, among others, child rearing, rites of passage, romance, dress codes, cuisine, nature conservation, commemoration practices and the power of language.  Each theme will be observed in both societies, with Dr. Mohammad driving the Palestinian perspective and Dr. Raizen driving the Israeli one.  The course will culminate in group projects that will draw on the perspectives of both societies.

The course will be taught in English, and does not assume familiarity with a regional language.  Students will be taught 150 or so words and phrases in Arabic and Hebrew in the course of the semester, and will be introduced to a number of regional proverbs in their original languages.

Texts/Readings

In addition to newspaper articles from Israel and Palestine and other media resources, we will read segments from the following books:

Rebecca L. Stein and Ted Swedenburg, eds.  Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture.  Duke University Press, 2005.

Motti Regev and Edwin Seroussi .  Popular Music and National Culture in Israel.  University of California Press, 2004.Alexandra Nocke.  The Place of the Mediterranean in Modern Israeli Identity.  Middle Eastern Studies Volume 47, Issue 1, 2011.

Grading Policy

Attendance and participation: 30%Three essays:   45%Final project: 25%

HEB 321 • Hebrew Grammar

41280 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 930am-1100am BEN 1.108
(also listed as HEB 382C )
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The course explores phonology, morphology, and syntax of Hebrew, with emphasis on functional Hebrew grammar. For the drills, various texts are used, ranging from the Bible to modern newspaper articles and literary works. The part on Hebrew phonology consists of a detailed survey of the consonants and vowels, followed by a general study of vocalization rules, aimed at training the students in vocalizing and improving their sense of proper pronunciation and recognition of phonological variants. The larger part of the course is devoted to the study of Hebrew morphology. After learning noun patterns and the inflection of prepositions, a detailed study of the verb system trains the students in identifying verb forms as well as conjugating the various types of roots. 

 

Texts

To be provided by instructor. 

 

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

HEB 382C • Hebrew Grammar

41322 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 930am-1100am BEN 1.108
(also listed as HEB 321 )
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The course explores phonology, morphology, and syntax of Hebrew, with emphasis on functional Hebrew grammar. For the drills, various texts are used, ranging from the Bible to modern newspaper articles and literary works. The part on Hebrew phonology consists of a detailed survey of the consonants and vowels, followed by a general study of vocalization rules, aimed at training the students in vocalizing and improving their sense of proper pronunciation and recognition of phonological variants. The larger part of the course is devoted to the study of Hebrew morphology. After learning noun patterns and the inflection of prepositions, a detailed study of the verb system trains the students in identifying verb forms as well as conjugating the various types of roots. 

 

Texts

To be provided by instructor. 

 

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

HEB 611C • Intensive Hebrew II

41337 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm GAR 3.116
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Course Description

The course, which builds upon HEB 601C, emphasizes composition, comprehension and conversation in Modern Hebrew, and provides a segue to upper-division Hebrew courses such as Hebrew Grammar, Advanced Conversation and Composition, and Introduction to Hebrew Literature. Oral discourse is maintained at maximal level, and small group/individual instruction sessions supplement the regular class routine. Audio-visual materials are frequently used. Students write short papers, present topics to the class and lead class discussions. Active participation in class discussions is a decisive element in students' participation grade. Not open to native speakers of Hebrew.

Grading Policy

Participation 15%; Quizzes 30%; Homework 20% Presentations 5%; Midtem exam 10%; Final exam 20% May vary with instructor.

Texts

Information on texts will be provided by the instructor.

 

This course meets Monday through Friday. Please check the online course schedule for TTH meeting time and location.

HEB 346 • Hebrew Via Popular Culture

41892 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 900-1000 MEZ 1.206
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