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[ANTH V3962] History and Memory

December 18, 2008

Abu-El-Haj, Nadia Silver_nugget
[ANTH V3962] History and Memory

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I think Prof. Abu El-Haj is an extremely pretentious and self-entitled person. She cancelled class 3 times in the semster for various reasons and then had a makeup in the finals week and expected all of us to show up! She also has an agenda which she does not do a great job at hiding, and had it not been for the anthropology dept. of columbia (which by the way is a national joke!), she would not have been teaching.

Since she is the darling of anthropology dept. (given her anti-Zionist scholarship), she has been simultaneously made the chair of barnard and (inexplicably) the DGS of columbia's graduate program. She also plays favorites with her students (mostly students who signed her petition for tenure get a free ride, though she claims she never reads stuff on herself online, she seems to know everything about it!). She will also make sure that you know that her father worked for UN, and that her family owns some hotel in the middle fo nowhere, and that she was at Harvard and Chicago (conveniently missing out on Duke, from where she got her PhD). In my opinion, this woman has no credentials to be in these prestigious positions and also clearly cannot handle the requirements of the jobs (she never responds to emails etc).

I wonder why Columbia is hell-bent on flusing its anthro. dept. down the toilet?

I fully expect her crony students to protest here, but as you can see from the other reviews, it is all a biased and one-sided story. I don't know why other students don't complain about her lack of availability. self-entitlement, lack of professionalism, etc etc.

January 17, 2004

Abu-El-Haj, Nadia Silver_nugget
[ANTH V3962] History and Memory

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Prof. Abu-El-Haj is intelligent, nice, and really funny; she runs discussions very well, gives good background and explainations on the material, and actually cares about how you do in the class. She also gives good feedback on writing, which she is fairly picky about: she grades disorganized essays pretty harshly, although she warns you about that. The course itself was pretty eclectic, and very confusing at times, but a lot of the readings were great (some were WAY to dense and long).

Workload:

2 essays, both ~12 pages. Occasionally heavy reading, ranging from easy (novels) to incredibly complicated (Andreas Huyssen). Tough but fair grading of essays, and fair final grading which reflects class participation.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
HIST / HIST HIST HIST G8600: History & Memory in 20th Century Europe Jay Winter 2001 Spring R / 2:10- 4:00 PM 1