Study in Israel
The Center for Jewish Studies and the Duke Global Education for Undergraduates are pleased to offer students opportunities to study in Israel. Seminars through the Center are offered that integrate travel to Israel, including a number of archaeological sites, and promote cultural awareness and exchange in one of the world's most exciting locations. In addition to seminars, students are encouraged to spend a year or a semester abroad at one of the many Israeli Universities that participate in the Duke Study Abroad program. For more information regarding study abroad opportunities, please visit the Duke Global Education for Undergraduates website.
HOLY LAND ARCHAEOLOGY (JEWISH STUDIES 198S-01 SEM)
Since its nineteenth century beginnings, archaeology in the Holy Land has been driven by the desire to illuminate, even to verify, Jewish and Christian scripture. At the same time, western expeditions and excavations served to further colonial interests in the exotic Orient. Both of these motivations, the religious and the political, persist although their specific manifestations have shifted over the course of more than a century of research. This course is designed to introduce the student to some of the major archaeological sites and to explore the political and religious issues that have emerged from or that surround their excavation. Through field-trips and museum visits, as well as discussions with local experts, students will gain direct experience with the places that have aroused controversy because of their problematic relationship to biblical and other ancient texts and/or because of their location in politically contested space.
More information about this program will be announced as it becomes available.