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Topics in Social Work

SW513, Section 001

This course is taught by various members of the program faculty. Each version of the course has its own subtitle, some being offered one time only while others are repeated and may evolve into regular courses with their own course number and title.

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This course meets with JUDAIC 441-001.

Beginning in the 1920s, as Northeastern elite private universities began imposing quotas on the percentage of Jewish students on campus, the University of Michigan became an attractive destination for children of East Coast immigrant families. With a now long tradition of Jewish presence at the University, U-M has served as an important locus for ethnic aspiration, Americanization, and the development of American Jewish culture. Class readings and discussions focus on the history of Jews in American higher education, the history of the University, and the research tools necessary to uncover and share the stories of Jews at U-M.

Despite the historic and contemporary significance of Jewish experience at the University of Michigan, little has been written about U-M Jewish experience. This seminar provides the opportunity to learn about and contribute to a developing narrative of Jewish experience at the University of Michigan. Relevant class and research themes include fraternity/sorority life; the role of Hillel; campus activism; faculty and student experience; how U-M may have replicated the admissions quotas of Eastern elite schools; exclusions and quotas in specific departments and professional schools; campus religious expression; acculturation and assimilation; anti-Semitism; Jewish philanthropy; and the evolution of Judaic Studies. Research projects will be developed in close collaboration with the staff and draw upon the holdings of the Bentley Historical Library.

Semester: Winter 2020
Instructor: Karla Goldman
Topic: Jews at the University of Michigan: Exclusion and Inclusion in American Higher Education
U-M Class #: 33833
Time: Tue 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: TBA
Credits: 3 Credit Hours

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