Brown hosts Hebrew language, literature and culture conference

The program in Judaic studies provides students with interdisciplinary undergraduate concentrations.
The program in Judaic studies provides students with interdisciplinary undergraduate concentrations. | File photo
Brown University recently held a Hebrew language, literature, and culture conference for members of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew, giving them an opportunity to exchange ideas.

The program, which lasted from June 21-23, is an intensive portion of Brown’s Program in Judaic Studies. Approximately 200 teachers, scholars and graduate students, all of whom work in fields connected to Hebrew, attended the event.

All of the participants attended panels, lectures, exchanges and events. The focus was biblical Hebrew, which is included in the curriculum. The program in Judaic studies provides students with interdisciplinary undergraduate concentrations that are applicable in many fields of study.

Attendees spoke highly of the conference and its discussions and workshops.

“These workshops facilitate the practical application of tested pedagogical insights and give teachers greater skill in their own classrooms,” Ben Yehuda, senior lecturer in Judaic studies, said.

Holding meetings where they can exchange ideas is an important part of academia. This conference is one way that Hebrew scholars are able to network within their community.

“It attracts scholars who teach in the fields of Hebrew literature and language, including the cultural context of the Hebrew language in Israel and other countries,” David Jacobson, conference co-chair and Brown faculty member, said.

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