Sowing Seeds: Reports from Summer Scholars
For two-weeks in May/June 2019, a group of 25 scholars from across the country gathered in Charleston, SC, to study Jewish history in the American South. Our curriculum, entitled “Privilege and Prejudice,” set aside ample research time for diving deeper into the field and exploring Addlestone Library’s Jewish Heritage Collection and other rich repositories around the city. Highly motivated and willing to work (and walk!) in an early summer heatwave, they focused on research that could enhance their teaching.
On the last day of the institute, participants offered preliminary presentations and, with help and critiques from their peers, further developed their projects over the summer. The sum product is an eclectic mix of new lesson plans, revamped syllabi, reflective blogposts, and revised research strategies. The plan was always for these projects to be made public, and we hope they open a Pandora’s Box of southern Jewish history, liberating this richly textured subject from obscurity and making it accessible to teachers and scholars in a wide array of fields.
Table of Contents
Erika Andrus – Creating Community: Religions in the US
Anne Blankenship – Lesson Plans for American Religious History
Terri Desai – Lesson Plan for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Matthew Dischinger – William Faulkner’s ‘Death Drag’
Meaghan Dwyer-Ryan – Lesson Plan: Comparisons and Connections: Irish and Jews in the American South
Melanie Hernandez – Intersectional Racial Productions: Two Case Studies
Elizabeth Johnson – Lesson Plan: Tennessee’s Jewish Religious Architecture
Matthew Pehl – Pluralism and Identity in American Religion, 1870s–1930s
Saskia Coenen Snyder – Shalom Ya’ll: Jewish History in the American South: Engaging History through Objects
Madison Tarleton – Special Topics Lesson Plan: Judaism
Jan Davidson – Privilege and Prejudice: An NEH Seminar in Charleston
Michael Hoberman – River Crossings
Jonathan Judaken – The Zacuto Complex
Amy Milligan – The Jewish Community of Selma, Alabama
Erich Nunn – A Cultural History of Atlanta’s Cabbagetown
David Shaerf – Treatment: Our Jewish Farmers
Benjamin Steiner – The Jewish Marriage Contract in Antebellum South Carolina and Georgia
Alan Todd – Introduction to Judaism Course
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