This webinar will explore the possibilities of using digital tools in the Jewish Studies classroom. We will introduce the idea of a Digital Jewish Studies and discuss the benefits of using digital tools to enhance learning objectives. Then, we will offer practical advice and call attention to some common pitfalls for integrating new tools into your syllabi. Finally, we'll offer some examples that show how digital tools help your students engage with content while also learning new skills. The aim of the webinar is for all participants to feel confident developing new assignments for upcoming classes.
Rachel Deblinger is the Director of the Digital Scholarship Commons at the UCSC Library. Her work fosters Digital Humanities research and learning across campus by supporting new digital pedagogy efforts and creating opportunities for the entire campus community to develop digital skills and literacy.
Deblinger completed her doctorate in History at UCLA in 2014 and is currently writing a book manuscript titled, “Saving Our Survivors: How American Jews learned about the Holocaust” (under contract with Indiana University Press). Her research focuses on the construction of Holocaust memory in postwar America through efforts of Jewish communal organizations to aid survivors in Europe. To expand the conversation about postwar Holocaust narratives, media technology, and survivor memory, Deblinger has created an online exhibit and blog, Memories/Motifs.
Nathaniel Deutsch is a professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he holds the Baumgarten Chair in Jewish Studies and is the Director of the Center for Jewish Studies and the Director of the Institute for Humanities Research. He is the author of a number of books including The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement, which won a Jordan Schnitzer Book Award from the AJS and for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Deutsch is currently writing (with Michael Casper),The Camp in the Desert: Hasidim, Hipsters, and the Gentrification of Williamsburg, Brooklyn (forthcoming, Yale University Press). He is the Principal Investigator on a three-year grant from the Koret Foundation focusing on digital Jewish Studies and is currently creating the Digital Minhag Archive, a crowd-sourced, web-based site devoted to documenting contemporary Jewish practice(s).