Kerem Shalom of Concord invites the community to “Longing to Belong: The Wonderful Promise and Daunting Challenge of National Identity” with Jacob Meskin.
This unusual course focuses on how Jews—and some non-Jews—responded to one of the biggest new challenges of modernity: the problem of belonging, in particular of belonging to a nation or country. Originating in the 19th century, the phenomenon of nationalism encouraged each more or less distinct group to think of itself as forming a separate nation with its own beloved language, literature, history, music, cuisine and, above all, its own country.
How were Jews to fit into these newly understood national homelands and cultures? Instead of reading classic academic materials to get at these kinds of concerns, in this course participants will read selections from three immensely famous novels—written by non-Jews—and view video clips from classic Broadway musicals created by secular American Jews.+ More... - Less...
* Registration closes on October 9th
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