As background for Aubrey Glazer’s paper, please listen to Leonard Cohen’s song “Happens to the Heart”
and please have the text of the song and the poem it is based on handy: Happens to the Heart
Because of ongoing caution around the coronavirus pandemic, my two courses this Fall will be offered on line. This makes them available to you wherever you are in the world.
The two courses are Religion & Sexuality (RLGN 1424) and Zionism: Religious Perspectives (RLGN 3400). Both courses begin September 9, 2020 (enrolment is open till September 23) and end December 11. If you are not a University of Manitoba student please contact the Department of Religion about how to enrol.
I’ll post more information here as I figure out how offering these courses on line will work! Your ideas are welcome.
Video of this program with me and Jane Enkin: Song of Solomon
Song Lyrics (pdf file)
Verses from Song of Songs (pdf file)
Traditional Chanting of Shir HaShirim (YouTube links)
Article by Phyllis Trible
TribleLovesLyricsRedeemed (from her book God and Rhetoric of Sexuality, Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1978)
Taking the Imagery Too Literally
Cartoon by Den Hart, 1978
I am on sabbatical for the 2019-2020 academic year.
In Fall 2020 I’ll be teaching my most popular course, Religion & Sexuality (RLGN 1424, Monday-Wednesday-Friday 10:30-11:20), and a course in a controversial field, Zionism: Religious Perspectives (RLGN 3400, Monday-Wednesday-Friday 12:30-1:20). Both courses start on Monday September 7 and end on Monday December 7 (no exams).
In Winter 2021 I’m scheduled to teach Introduction to Judaism (RLGN 2140, Tuesday-Thursday 11:30-12:45), and a brand new addition to our Religion curriculum, Atheism (RLGN 2200, Tuesday-Thursday 10-11:15). These courses begin Tuesday, January 5, 2021, and end on Tuesday April 6 (no exams!)
Let me know your suggestions for what to teach the year after that 🙂
In Fall 2014 I am on research-study leave, but in Winter 2015 I am offering three courses in Religion and Judaic Studies. They are for anyone interested in exploring cultures and ideas. My courses do not include exams, and most have a creative project as an option in addition to regular research papers and assignments. I am very available to my students for consultation and support.
Religion and Sexuality (RLGN 1424)
MWF 9:30-10:20 am, January 7-April 10
St. Paul’s College room 100
An introduction to world religions through the lens of sexuality, exploring how sexual desires and practices are celebrated, regulated, imagined and constructed in different religions. Topics may include pleasure, procreation, sexual and gender identities, marriage, asceticism, erotic imagery of divine beings and divine-human relations.
3 credits crn 26277 section A01
Humanities Course, Religion Area B, University 1 Course, Written English Requirement
Introduction to Judaism (RLGN 2140)
MWF 11:30-12:20, January 7-April 10
University College 386
An exploration of Jewish religious experience: the rhythms of time, the sensory life, sacred texts, collective memory, rules and resistance to rules. The course will introduce Jewish ways of learning, and consider Judaism as a test case for concepts in religious studies, including “religion” itself.
3 credits crn 26280 section A01
Humanities Course, Religion Area A2, Written English Requirement. May be counted toward a Minor in Judaic Studies.
Kabbalah (RLGN 3824)
MWF 1:30-2:20, January 7-April 10
Kabbalah is a centuries-old stream of Jewish thought and practice which encompasses mysticism, ethics, spiritual practice and magic. Students will come away from this course with a working knowledge of the Zohar, the central text of Kabbalah, its radical theology and its mythical-symbolic mode of expression. The course also explores the influence of the Zohar within Judaism and beyond and related scholarly debates.
3 credits crn 26286 section A01
Humanities Course, Religion Area A1. May be counted toward a Minor in Judaic Studies.
For a list of courses offered in past years, see my CV posted on academia.edu.