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Shneer, David Professor and Singer Chair in Jewish History

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  • Shneer is the Louis P. Singer Chair of Jewish History, the head of the Department of Religious Studies, and professor of history, Religious studies, and Jewish Studies. Called a “pathbreaking” scholar by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Shneer's research focuses on 20th century European, Russian, and Jewish history and culture.

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  • 20TH Century European History, Jewish History, Contemporary Jewish Society

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Teaching

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  • ARSC 4909 - Senior Thesis for Individually Structured Major
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
  • HIST 1818 - Jewish History to 1492
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Focus on Jewish history from the Biblical period to the Spanish Expulsion in 1492. Study the origins of a group of people who call themselves, and whom others call, Jews. Focus on place, movement, power/powerlessness, gender, and the question of how to define Jews over time and place. Introduces Jews as a group of people bound together by a particular set of laws; looks at their dispersion and diversity; explores Jews' interactions with surrounding cultures and societies; introduces the basic library of Jews; sees how Jews relate to political power. Same as JWST 1818 and RLST 1818.
  • HIST 3020 - Historical Thinking & Writing
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Develops the research techniques and habits of mind required to succeed in the History major, honing students' critical, analytical, and synthetic skills while introducing them to History as a discipline and a way of understanding the world. Students practice the kinds of writing required in upper-division History classes. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • HIST 6800 - Readings in Global History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores various topics, regions, and methods in history and historical writing by utilizing a global/thematic approach. Geared toward graduate students in History, but students from other disciplines with graduate standing may enroll with instructor consent. Topic and content of course will vary depending on instructor. May be repeated up 12 total credit hours.
  • JWST 1818 - Jewish History to 1492
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Focus on Jewish history from the Biblical period to the Spanish Expulsion in 1492. Study the origins of a group of people who call themselves, and whom others call, Jews. Focus on place, movement, power/powerlessness, gender, and the question of how to define Jews over time and place. Introduces Jews as a group of people bound together by a particular set of laws; looks at their dispersion and diversity; explores Jews' interactions with surrounding cultures and societies; introduces the basic library of Jews; sees how Jews relate to political power. Same as HIST 1818 and RLST 1818.
  • JWST 3100 - Judaism
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Explores Jewish religious experience and its expression in thought, ritual, ethics, and social institutions. Same as RLST 3100.
  • JWST 4260 - Topics in Judaism
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Examines in depth central themes, schools of thought, and movements in Judaism, along with other traditions, across a range of historical periods. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as RLST 4260 and RLST 5260.
  • RLST 1818 - Jewish History to 1492
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Focus on Jewish history from the Biblical period to the Spanish Expulsion in 1492. Study the origins of a group of people who call themselves, and whom others call, Jews. Focus on place, movement, power/powerlessness, gender, and the question of how to define Jews over time and place. Introduces Jews as a group of people bound together by a particular set of laws; looks at their dispersion and diversity; explores Jews' interactions with surrounding cultures and societies; introduces the basic library of Jews; sees how Jews relate to political power. Same as HIST 1818 and JWST 1818.
  • RLST 3100 - Judaism
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Explores Jewish religious experience and its expression in thought, ritual, ethics, and social institutions. Same as JWST 3100.
  • RLST 4260 - Topics in Judaism
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Examines in depth central themes, schools of thought, and movements in Judaism, along with other traditions, across a range of historical periods. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as RLST 5260 and JWST 4260.
  • RLST 5260 - Topics in Judaism
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Examines in depth central themes, schools of thought, and movements in Judaism, along with other traditions, across a range of historical periods. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as RLST 4260 and JWST 4260.
  • RLST 6945 - Portfolio: Non-Thesis Option
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Course work finished or in the last semester. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours.

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