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Prof. Sari Havis

Sari Havis

Sari Havis
Teaching Professor 
Hebrew Program Coordinator
University of Denver
Sturm Hall, Room 164
2000 E. Asbury Ave.
Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-2343
Email: [email protected]

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Professor Sari Havis is the coordinator of our Hebrew Language Program at DU. Havis teaches elementary and intermediate Hebrew, as well as courses in Israeli Culture. She is the Chair of the Test Development Committee of the SAT Subject Test in Modern Hebrew and has served as a member of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew pedagogical committee of Modern Hebrew.

Sari's yearly collaborative projects with academic colleges in Israel not only facilitate direct interaction between her Hebrew and film class students and their Israeli counterparts but they also reflect and expand CJS spirit of sharing and improving globalized social efforts.

Sari's interests in contemporary Israeli cinema, theater, and television offer our students a fresh perspective on modern Israeli culture, and she continues to expand the Israeli film shelf at our University Libraries and in her film classes.

With the recent development of new third year Hebrew courses, Aspects of Modern Hebrew and Israeli Television and Cinema: Representing Cultural Diversity in Israeli Life, DU now offers a minor in Hebrew in addition to a Minor in Judaic Studies with emphasis in Hebrew.

Since her arrival to DU, Sari has also co-organized the Hebrew Seminar, a major international Hebrew conference at DU (October 2011, October 2013, October 2015); working under Sari's leadership, CJS has been proud to sponsor a number of local Denver Jewish Day School teachers as part of this important Hebrew education event in Denver. Additionally, since her arrival to DU, Sari has collaborated with the Arabic program at the university, offering annual inter-cultural event that greatly enhance DU's diversity outcomes. Every year, Sari also receives grants to bring to campus Israeli artists from various artistic fields, including music, theater, and film. These visits afford the students in the Hebrew program an opportunity to engage directly with artists and film-makers and to learn, first-hand, about Israel and its cultural mosaic.


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