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Hankus Netsky on American Jewish Cultural History; course in Newton, MA begins Feb 13

Hankus Netsky at the Me'ah Graduate Institute

Hebrew College logoDr. Hankus Netsky is not only an internationally renowned Klezmer musician, but also a teacher with extensive knowledge in Jewish cultural history. In this course he will examine significant American Jewish creations across the spectrum of the arts. Together, you will explore the impact of major Jewish writers, musicians and performers on American culture.

This is a unique opportunity to study with someone who is both a scholar and an artist, considering all the variables of American Jewish culture. Do not miss it. The course description is below.

American Jewish Cultural History (HIST 104)
Hankus Netsky
10 sessions—$495
7:00–9:45 p.m. Mondays, beginning February 13, 2006
Hebrew College

To register, go to www.hebrewcollege.edu/mgiregister or call us at 617-559-8709. Please remember to use your Hebrew College ID# 10397.

Jews make up a small percentage of the American population, yet their impact on American culture has been significant. From movies to music, television to concert halls, American Jews have had an influence out of all proportion to their numbers. At the same time, a distinctively American-Jewish culture has developed with its own style and sensibility, recognizably American, but with a twist.

How have exemplary Jewish artists, musicians and writers negotiated the tensions between being an American and being a Jew? In this course we will examine great American Jewish creations in the fields of music, theatre, dance, literature and film. We will explore the artistic expressions of writers such as Sholem Aleichem and I. B. Singer, performers Molly Picon and Aaron Lebedoff, musicians Theodor Bikel and Shlomo Carlebach, and films like Yiddl Mitn Fidl and The Singing Backsmith. Amidst the many monumental landmarks of American history—American Revolution, the Civil War, the Great War and World War II, the Civil Rights Movement—Jews have been both American participants and Jewish respondents. The record of their response is American Jewish culture, the subject of this course.,/p>

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