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Noam Pianko
HSTAA 336
Seattle Campus

American Jewish History Since 1885

Political, social, economic, religious history of American Jewish community from great eastern European migration to present. Integration of immigrant community into general American community; rise of nativism; development of American socialism; World War I and II; and reactions of American Jews to these events. Offered: jointly with JSIS C 336.

Class description

This course provides an introduction to American Jewish History through archival research, digital storytelling, and public history. Students will have the opportunity to explore digitized archival material related to Jewish History in the Pacific Northwest, interpret these documents in light broader historical trends, and create on-line, public exhibits. Learn Jewish history while gaining crucial skills for communicating with new media and technology.

Student learning goals

Key developments in American Jewish history

Digital Storytelling

Historical Analysis

Writing and Communicating Skills for the Web

General method of instruction

Class will integrate lecture, discussion, and group project work. Class will be held in the new Active Learning Classroom to allow students to work on digital projects during class time.

Recommended preparation

No background in Jewish studies or technology required. All necessary skills will be introduced during the quarter.

Class assignments and grading

The main project for the course will be the creation of a website that tells a particular story through images, video, and short blog-style essays.

Students will work in groups. However, grades will primarily be assessed through individual contributions to the on-line exhibit.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Noam Pianko
Date: 02/05/2014