Sunday, July 21, 2013

MALAS Fall 2013 KABBALAH Seminar!

Scott Meltzer

This course will survey the roots, history and symbolism of the Jewish mystical tradition known as Kabbalah. Students will be introduced to the major texts, charismatic mystical masters, and schools of Kabbalah, beginning with the ancient Rabbis through to contemporary exponents of Jewish mysticism such as Hasidim and messianic groups. Particular attention will be focused on the "bible" of Jewish mysticism, the Zohar (Book of Splendour). Understanding the meaning and evolution of Jewish mysticism may also shed light on its current more popular appeal to Jews and non-Jews alike.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Fall 2013 MALAS Graduate Seminar: CRITICAL MIGRATION STUDIES with Professor Kate Swanson

Critical Migration Studies
Professor Kate Swanson 

This course explores the far-reaching consequences of human migration in an age of intense globalization. It will examine transnational migration, borders, detention, immigration policies, human trafficking, among other themes. Through in-depth case studies, we will look at how migration is changing societies and cultures around the globe. I'm currently preparing a short list of books. Two strong contenders include: Seeking Asylum by Alison Mountz and Beyond Walls and Cages by Jenna Loyd et al....   More to come soon!