"This is a very exciting time to be the head of the Amirim program. Last year the program has gone through a thorough reform in various fields and now we are working on further plans for the future. I am committed to the highest standards of excellence and interdisciplinary studies as well as to fostering a meaningful community and extra-curricular activities.
I have opened up the program to the Faculty of the Humanities and the program of Cultural Studies in the Social Sciences, enabling the Amirim students to take both advanced BA and MA courses of their choice. After studying two years of exclusive courses in a broad range of subjects in the humanities, the students are thus encouraged to create their individual path of study.
I have been particularly occupied with establishing cooperation with universities abroad in order to broaden the students’ horizons and provide them with a meaningful experience of other academic communities. This year I will take the third year students to Oxford University for a student workshop on “Sources of Moral Authority”, which I plan together with my colleague Prof. Teresa Morgan. Thus far it has already been much fun to plan a common curriculum – I imagine that it will be even much more rewarding to actually meet our partners over there. In addition, I am planning a pilot in co-teaching via skype. My colleague Prof. Laura Nasrallah from the Harvard Divinity School and I discovered that our courses on early Christianity significantly overlap and decided to give the students a joint assignment, which they will discuss in 'mixed' pairs over the skype.
Generally, I tremendously enjoy working with the teachers, teaching assistants and students in the program. Everybody is so excited to be part of Amirim and there is a never-ending flow of energy, ideas and fruitful suggestions."
Maren Niehoff (Head of the Amirim Program 2014-7)