Teaching

Recent courses:


German 118SL, “Interviewing Holocaust Survivors in the Digital Age” (service-learning course), in collaboration with Jewish Family Services of LA and the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Digital Humanities 201, “Introduction to Digital Humanities: Humanistic Knowledge, Disciplines, and Institutions in the 21st Century

Digital Humanities 199/299, “Capstone Research Seminar in Digital Humanities”

Comp Lit 19, “Bearing Witness: Dialogues with Holocaust Survivors”

German 260, “’An Event without Witnesses?’: Holocaust Testimony, Narrative, and Media Theory”: Beginning with an interrogation of Dori Laub’s famous assessment of the Holocaust as “an event without witnesses,” this graduate seminar explores the complex ways in which the Holocaust has given rise to a fundamental rethinking of what it means to bear witness and testify to extreme historical events.  We will approach the question of testimony from a number of disciplinary and media-specific perspectives, including narrative, photography, film, and digital media.  Students will examine classic texts and films in the field (such as Primo Levi’s The Drowned and the Saved, Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, Alain Resnais’ Night and Fog) using a theoretical framework provided by thinkers such as Maurice Blanchot, Dori Laub, Shoshana Felman, Lawrence Langer, Annette Wieviorka, Marianne Hirsch, Hannah Arendt, Zygmunt Bauman, and others. Students will also have the unique opportunity to work directly with complete Shoah Foundation Digital Archives at USC.  (Wed, 2-5 PM)

Past Classes:

Comp Lit 19 (Fiat Lux Course), “Googlization, Googlized, Google It!”

Comp Lit 19 (Fiat Lux Course), “Web 2.0: Cultures and Technologies of the Programmable Web”

Keck Program Introductory Seminar (co-taught), “Digital Cultural Mapping”

German 59, “The Holocaust in Film and Literature” (GE Course) — all 20 lectures available on YouTube

German 61a, “Berlin: Modern Metropolis” (GE Course): This course focuses on the cultural, political, architectural, and urban history of one of the most vibrant and significant cities in the world.  As the locus for the two major conflicts of the 20th century (the Second World War and the Cold War), Berlin has played a major role in configuring the modern world.  But far from limited to just the 20th century, students will explore Berlin over 800 years using an innovative digital mapping tool called “HyperCities” to understand how Berlin evolved from a fortified mercantile town to a global city.  In the process, students will create their own maps using Google and publish hypermedia research projects on the HyperCities platform.  No prior computer skills are necessary for this course.

German 89, “Honors Seminar: Bearing Witness — Dialogues between Holocaust Survivors and Students”

German 112, “The Jewish Question in German Literature” (Seminar)

German 260, “The City in the Ages of New Media”

German 260/Art History, “Weimar Visual Culture”

German 261, “Berlin, Space Theory, and Cultural Studies”: Despite its fraught and deeply layered history, Berlin has played a comparatively small role in the development of “space theory” with cultural studies.  One need only think of the significance of Paris for thinkers such as David Harvey or Walter Benjamin, or New York for Michel de Certeau, or Los Angeles for Fredric Jameson and Edward Soja.  The purpose of this course is to evaluate the significance of Berlin for understanding the “spatial turn” within cultural studies. To do so, we will turn to several different media, including historical maps and topographies, works of literature, art and architecture, and digital representations of the city.  Readings include: E.T.A. Hoffmann, Heinrich Heine, Alfred Doeblin, Walter Benjamin, Joseph Roth, Albert Speer, Emine Ozdamar, Daniel Libeskind, with additional studies of particular places within Berlin such as the Holocaust memorial, Potsdamerplatz, the Scheunenviertel, and Marzahn as well as representations in new media such as Google Earth and HyperCities.  Students will produce and publish their research projects on the HyperCities website (http://www.hypercities.com)

German 261, “War and Media Theory”