The LBSU is an annual six-week summer school in Jewish Studies at the Humboldt University, Berlin. Any advanced undergraduate or Master's student from the United States, Canada, Germany, Israel, or Eastern European may participate. As a transatlantic bridge and international meeting point for education and exchange, the LBSU focuses on postwar, post-Holocaust and contemporary Jewish life in Germany and its relationship to other Jewish communities worldwide. LBSU also recognizes, however, that the postwar period also requires an understanding of the long history of German Jewish life in Germany.
A central concern of the LBSU is the question of Jewish identity that illustrates important cultural as well as religious differences. This focus contributes to a better understanding of this key issue in Jewish life and in other religious traditions, such as in Christianity and Islam. In its many manifestations in the Diaspora and Israel, Jewish identity and the struggle to define it become paradigmatic, particularly in the context of migration and globalization. Consequently, LBSU challenges students to think critically about some of the most pressing and controversial issues we are facing today.
During the morning students are enrolled in a three hour academic seminar and in the afternoon, they attend professionally-led excursions, workshops, and lectures which complement the subjects presented in the seminar. The academic seminar is divided into three, two week modules, each taught by different faculty members. Regular assignments are required (readings, writing, short paper or exam) and each student receives a grade at the conclusion of each module. The modules are taught in seminar style and should encourage discussion among the students.
LBSU will take place from July 14 to August 22, 2008. Scholarships include transportation, housing, tuition, excursions, and Berlin city transportation. It does not include food and other travel.
Application deadline officially ends February 29, but we also accept some late applications till mid-March.
Find out more at www.lbsu.de
Application online at: www.lbsu.
de or e-mail to Anna Held at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leo Baeck Summer University
Phone: +49 (30) 20 93 82 70
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