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[RELI 4515] Reincarnation & Technology

May 19, 2020

Kittay, David Gold_nugget
[RELI 4515] Reincarnation & Technology

Please take David Kittay's class. Professor Kittay has not only curated a fantastic syllabus that will blow your mind, but has also restored my faith in academia. He is so incredibly approachable, understanding, and makes a large effort to create a community in his seminars. His emphasis is on the learning rather than the grades, and it creates an incredibly comfortable atmosphere to take risks. Additionally, his classes attract students from all disciplines, so the discussions are always interesting. There are no words to describe how much I loved his class. He is incredibly knowledgable and makes a point to respond to every student and make every student feel valid without taking over the discussion. There is a heavy weekly reading (all of which is super fascinating), but Professor Kittay is so approachable and understanding that everything will be okay as long as you communicate with him! Please please please please take this course it will change your life.

Workload:

1 midterm, 1 final, 2 posts a week

April 24, 2020


[RELI 4515] Reincarnation & Technology

The reviews below speak for themselves. I will just add that Professor Kittay is completely dedicated to his students' well-being and personal growth. Yes, the reading load is a lot, but Professor Kittay does not expect of you to finish it all every week. He is just doing his students a favor by introducing them to incredible material. Moreover, he gives out a 'no posting' week option as he is aware of the amount of stress CU students experience throughout the semester. It is no surprise that his classes over the years have become so popular. His class material is mind bending and just life changing. I will also add that I met some of my best friends at Columbia in his classroom.

Workload:

Reading and posting each week + midterm paper + final project.

December 15, 2019

Kittay, David Gold_nugget
[RELI 4515] Reincarnation & Technology

Prof. Kittay's seminar changed my life. I will always remember how the best academic experiences of my studies started with the walk to that charmed seminar room in Claremont, like stepping into Doctor Strange's study. The kind of people who enroll in Reincarnation & Technology (or its spring counterpart, Technology Religion & Future) are a self-selecting group: Because of that, I got to engage in the deepest of discussions with the kindest cerebral people about tough, thrilling questions about mortality and life. We all know that community is hard to come by at Columbia, but this course fostered community in such an unexpected, authentic way.

Prof. Kittay's style is unpretentiously witty, thoughtfully socratic, and respectful of students' unique backgrounds and perspective. From day one, he reminded me of Robin Williams' character in Dead Poets Society, but with sound pedagogical praxis. He genuinely cares about you as a student, and he himself has the coolest life story.

Even though this CULPA review is a couple years past due and I've since graduated from Columbia, I still vigorously recommend Prof. Kittay to any CU student I meet, even at the airport gate. Kittay's seminar by itself made the whole of my tuition and student debt worthwhile, and it showcased why I came to Columbia in the first place for a meaningful liberal arts experience.

Workload:

You will know the midterm prompt from day one.
You have creative freedom over what you want to do for the final.
Weekly discussion posts where people really get into it.
Everyone signs up to give a presentation on a course-related topic before the course ends
Prof. Kittay gives you lots of reading in the course binder, more than is necessary, but you can be smart about it and triangulate with him on what matters most if you are pressed for time.

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