The University of Oklahoma’s Department of History and Religious Studies Program are pleased to announce the award of a Presidential Dream Course for the Spring of 2018 to two of our faculty members: Dr. Jill Hicks-Keeton (Religious Studies and Judaic Studies) and Dr. Alan Levenson (History, Judaic Studies, and Religious Studies). Entitled “Genesis: In the Beginning,” this course traces the various ways in which the book of Genesis has provided fundamental literary and theological resources for both Jews and Christians as they seek to make sense of the world in which they live. The course will be offered in two sections: RELS 3013 and HIST 3950.
While the narratives of creation, the Garden of Eden, the calling of Abraham, and Joseph’s exploits in Egypt are durable, they are not stable. For over two millennia, stories from Genesis have been interpreted in competing ways to authorize positions on such issues as the nature of humanity, gender hierarchies, and relationships among the religious traditions that claim their adherents as heirs of Abraham. This Presidential Dream Course challenges students to encounter numerous, often unfamiliar, ways of interpreting Genesis, paying attention to disparate voices both among ancient interpreters and within modern schools of thought.
A Presidential Dream Course supplements classroom instruction with invited expert guest lecturers from around the world. Each invited speaker will also offer a lecture open to the public. As the schedule of speakers develops, updates will be posted to the Facebook pages and websites for the History Department and the Religious Studies Program, and on the webpage for the Presidential Dream Course program at http://www.ou.edu/dreamcourse.html.