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wilowisp
Okay, here are my three choices for my final class for next semester. I already will be taking Directing I and Western Theatre II

Intro to Symbolic Logic with Folina
Folklore and Religion with Harle
Gods/Goddesses of East Asia with Horton

Does anyone have any opinions at all about these classes or professors? I'd appreciate any input. Thanks!


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If you want to take a RS class, go with Harle. Horton's not bad, and they're both fairly easy graders, but Peter Harle is simply the most amazing professor I've had at Mac. If I were going to be here next term, I'd be in that class, no questions about it.

Also? Harle is the one who used "Sandman" as a text in his non-classical mythology course. The man is a God.

Talk to me or Fish if you want to know more about him (or Horton for that matter, since we're both in her Buddhist Nirvana course now).

I took a class with Folina and didn't think much of it at all. I spent most of my time bored, eyes-glazing-over bored, lost, or biting my tongue. Take Gods and Goddesses of East Asia, is what I say. Horton lectured our (me and Monkey-kun's) Intro to Asian Studies class once and it wasn't bad at all, I think.

selfishly? i would love you to take folklore and reiligon, because i'm planning on taking it. unless of course you take the last slot. then *impotent anger*

i love horton, and i think fish really like the gods and goddesses class. i have thought about taking it.

i have heard folina is a minion of the devil. but i might be making that up.

i'm taking the first two.

intro to logic will be, i think, pretty simple for you. i don't know why anyone would take it who was not a philosophy major. it's like softcore math. folina is brilliant, and i can say that without malice. the problem with that is she's so smart that she doesn't realize how hard something can be for someone who doesn't have as great a mathematical mind as she does. what i am assuming is that it will be much like the first half of advanced symbolic logic. since advanced has a prereq that is either fulfilled by intro OR discrete math, she had to explain everything to over half the class. the first month and a half was essential intro on speed. and it was fine for me. what came after that was what made me have to withdraw. so if intro is just the first part of advanced spread out over a full semester, it should be fine. she may, however, go into a lot of theoretical bullshit that geoff simply wouldn't tolerate. in that case, it may be quite boring. there will also probably a lot of tedious homework, and perhaps suggested reading that you're fucked if you don't do.

folklore and religion. peter is so fucking cool. this is what he DOES. he has a masters in folklore from UIndiana. how fucking cool is that? he has the most insightful and complete ideas about what he teaches, and he knows so goddamn much and has such good firsthand experiences that hearing him teach, or even just talk about something he's been thinking about, is a real pleasure. i seem to remember you saying that you have a great interest in folklore. then take this class!! crazy boy. there will be a LOT of reading, because he wants you to be informed. that was the biggest problem for me. he will also expect you to be an active participant in discussion, way more than any other prof i know, but he will also probably expect you to participate in an online discussion at nicenet.org. that was what he did for religion and food. that way, if you are not particularly verbal in class (which i can't really imagine), you can make up for it there. that said, there is a lot of reading. it can be daunting. but this is where my vote goes.

gods and goddesses is a class i have taken. it is good. it is interesting, and sarah is awesome, she is my advisor. she is pretty laid back, but she is so freaking knowledgeable. between undergrad and grad school she spent four years teaching in japan. her dissertation was on buddhism (in japan?). a lot of times, she'll say that something is such a way in china or japan, and she has the pictures to prove it, because she's been there, and talked to people, and investigated. my favorite parts of the course were the bodhisattvas (i.e. avalokitesvara => guan(shi)yin => kannon), internal/external alchemy in china, ascetic practices in japan, and the two kinds of women priests/devotees of Fyodo Myoo (myoh-oh). it was a lot of fun. i guess the best bit, now that i step back and think about it, is "popular" religion. like, city gods and kami and the rites and practices associated with them in china and japan. it's like the little stuff that is truely the source of the richness of the religious environment in east asia. when i heard she'd changed the texts around a little, i wanted to take it again. that's how much i liked it.

Steven Burt and 20th Century Poetry!

STEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVEEEEEENNNNNNNNN BURRRRRRRRRRRRRRTTTTTT!!!

You won't regret it!

I.e. that's what you should be taking!

I despised Folina. I loved Harle. I have no opinion on Horton. As Fish said... lots of reading for Harle, but then again if you don't do the reading... the end of the world does not arrive. If you do not agree with Folina.... she will hate you and grade you down accordingly... or so in my experience.

Folklore and Religion with Harle.

Incredible professor. I don't think I can say more than Fish on the topic, however. So much good information thrust into your brain in such a tiny amount of time.

Harle is back?! if so, my vote is definitely for that..... utterly fabulous class.....

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