Monday, Wednesday 7th period (6:10-7:30)
Miller Hall, Room 115
Prof. Hillel Gruenberg
This course is an overview of the hundred-year old Arab-Israeli conflict, the controversies and conundrums it has generated, and how the truth lies at the intersection of history, politics, propaganda, and memory. We will work to understand "the Big Picture" by reading at the work of a variety of different scholars, and we will look at multiple perspectives on the many aspects of the conflict and its history through firsthand accounts of everyday life, ideological essays, and a number of films, songs, and other cultural artifacts. Throughout the course we will consider how different historical narratives inform contemporary assessments of the conflict. In this vein, students are expected to keep up with current events, locate relevant news articles, and share them with the class. At the conclusion of the course, students will complete a final research paper on a relevant topic of their own choosing in consultation with the professor.