Lebovic Summer Experience

The Joseph Lebovic Summer Experience in Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto

2016 Courses:

JGJ360H1F The Holocaust in Literature

May 3 to May 19, 2016: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00pm–3:00pm

  • A new summer course in Toronto
  • A full 0.5 FCE credit in just 3 weeks
  • Interdisciplinary perspective on Holocaust Studies
  • Independent research topics with hands-on supervision
  • Students enjoy free access to selected events at Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Jewish Music Week, Jewish Literary Festival, and more
  • Meet students from across Canada: visiting students can apply through the Woodsworth College Visiting Student Program
  • No previous background in Jewish Studies required

COURSE THEME

The course examines literary works written in different languages, in ghettos and concentration camps during the Holocaust, as well as those reflecting on the genocide in its aftermath. We focus on literature as a means of engaging with the unimaginable and on the cross analysis of eye-witness and memory writing.

Note: This course runs from May 3 to May 19, 2016. To enrol in the course, please contact the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. Enrolment begins on April 5 and ends on May 4. To cancel this course, you need to contact the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. Waiting lists are effective April 5 to May 4 only. Please note this course has different add, drop and CR/NCR opt-in/out dates and the refund schedule is different from regular F section code courses:

Last day to add course: May 4

Last day to cancel without academic penalty: May 16 (contact the Centre to drop the class)

Last day to add/remove CR option: May 16

Examination period: May 20 to May 27

Refund dates for JGJ360H1F

Refund %            Deadline

100%                       May 6

75%                          May 12

50%                         May 19

 

MHB155H1F Elementary Modern Hebrew

May 16 to June 22, 2016: Mondays and Tuesdays, 4:00pm–7:00pm, and Wednesdays, 4:00pm–6:00pm

  • A new summer ulpan in Toronto
  • A full 0.5 FCE credit in just 6 weeks
  • Intensive language course
  • Students enjoy free access to selected events at Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Jewish Music Week, Jewish Literary Festival, and more
  • Meet students from across Canada: visiting students can apply through the Woodsworth College Visiting Student Program
  • No previous background in Hebrew required

COURSE THEME

This course is designed for students with little or no previous experience in the Hebrew language. As such, it offers intensive training in the basics of 4 language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will be able to recognize fundamental structures of the Hebrew verb system, to learn its basic forms, and to acquire the necessary basic vocabulary for everyday conversations. We will be focusing on: Reading: easy dialogues, passages without vowels, short texts in simple Hebrew. Writing: short dialogues and paragraphs. Conversation: simple dialogues and stories. Comprehension: listening to short stories and recorded conversations.

 

LEADING SCHOLARS

The 2016 Lebovic Summer Experience course on the Holocaust in Literature is taught by Professor Doris Bergen and Professor Anna Shternshis:

Doris L. Bergen is the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies and Graduate Director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author of War and Genocide: A Concise History of the HolocaustTwisted Cross: The German Christian Movement in the Third Reich; and numerous articles on issues of religion, gender, and ethnicity in the Holcoaust and World War II. 

Anna Shternshis is the Al and Malka Green Associate Professor of Yiddish Studies and the Acting Director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923–1939 (Indiana University Press, 2006) and over 20 articles in the field of Russian Jewish culture and post-Soviet Jewish diaspora. She is currently completing two books: one devoted to the Jewish daily life in the Soviet Union from the 1930s to the 1980s, and another about the evacuation of Soviet Jews during World War II.

The 2016 Lebovic Summer Experience course on Elementary Modern Hebrew is taught by Professor Yigal Nizri:

Yigal S. Nizri is Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. His area of interest includes Modern Jewish history, Maghribi halakhic traditions, Jewish history of the Islamic world, and Hebrew instruction. He serves as Associate and Undergraduate Director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies.

JEWISH STUDIES AT U OF T

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto boasts one of the world's largest and most distinguished faculty cohorts. The Centre draws on a long and distinguished tradition of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and programming across the many areas that comprise Jewish Studies. The Centre consequently has a global reputation as a premiere location for teaching and research in Jewish Studies.

JEWISH TORONTO

Toronto is home to an ever-growing, vibrant Jewish community. The Lebovic Summer Experience provides students with access to the community's cultural offerings, which include the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, the Jewish Literary Series, Jewish Music Week, Yiddishtog, and more. With complimentary tickets to these and other events, students will experience firsthand Jewish life in the city.

LEARNING COMMUNITY

Students will engage in co-curricular activities in order to foster a genuine learning community. Students in Jewish Studies from across Canada will have an opportunity to connect with each other beyond the classroom through seminar discussions and community-based programs, as well as optional social activities.

U OF T STUDENTS

UofT students can add the courses to their record on ROSI/ACORN.

VISITING STUDENT PROGRAM

Visiting students can apply to attend the University of Toronto for the summer term through the Woodsworth College Visiting Student Program. Once accepted, students should contact Emily Springgay at cjs.toronto@utoronto.ca to enrol in the course. The program allows students to transfer their credits back to their home institutions. Visiting students are granted access to all University of Toronto student services, including extensive library collections, athletic facilities, and health services. Visiting students will receive information on finding housing through the Woodsworth College Visiting Student Program. Residence is also available at Woodsworth College.  

Students may direct their inquires about the summer semester at the University of Toronto to visiting.students@utoronto.ca or can learn more here.

STIPENDS

Stipends are available for visiting students only through the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies based on academic merit and financial need. The application package includes an electronic academic transcript, a letter of intent explaining the student’s interest in the course and financial need, and an academic letter of recommendation (sent directly to the Centre). Please send materials to jewish.studies@utoronto.ca by March 22, 2016.

U of T students may be eligible for a merit award upon completion of the course.

CONTACT

To learn more, contact the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies.

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