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Kristin Stasiowski is truly a talented and inspiring teacher. Her enthusiasm is contagious, her humor engaging, and she encourages communicating out-of-class for comments and questions.
She covers an awesome range of material in her classes, quite rapidly running through large swathes of academic background, in an entertaining and enjoyable way. Fortunately the classes are available online for a week or so after the class-- they're worthwhile revisiting!
The Dante class was an extraordinary introduction, but her charm carries over to other classes I've taken with her-- and I'd be astonished if this wasn't generally true for all her courses...
I am sure by now the fan club has sent more than enough glowing reviews of Dr. Stasiowski's seminars and courses. I have not been very conscientious in contributing to the reviews, but I could not help writing one considering the splendid Q&A session that was held, with a very moving finale. No other words are really necessary -- Res Ipsa Loquitur. I am sure I am not alone when I say I look forward to the next course.
Kristin is an outstanding guide to Dante. His rich complexity is made accessible and Dante's journey from everlasting Inferno to sublime Paradiso is guided with images, text and learned explanation highlighting the brilliance of Dante's poetry.
This is my second course on the Divine Comedy by Kristin and there's so much to learn that each lecture opens up a desire to delve deeper and understand more, knowing that the depths of his work will always offer more with each reading and conversation.
Dont miss Kristin's conversations - they are superbly prepared and enthusiastically delivered leaving one with the the brilliance and richness of the texts studied.
Terrific, and so glad I participated. Had been looking to fill a gap in my knowledge, and had previously tried the Divine Comedy on my own. Course and the tremendously knowledgeable, enthusiastic, witty, energetic, listenable and fun Professor Stasiowski (Kristin, she insisted) was an excellent guide. She provided just what I was looking for: a framework for understanding on all levels: substance, poetry, significance, history. And, especially for an evening course, she was wonderful to meet and to listen to.
5 Stars is simply not enough for this 5 part course...so I give it 25, 5 for each session. The Divine Comedy is long, difficult and esoteric but worth all the energy it takes to complete it and Dr. Stasiowski makes it approachable and she is also as entertaining as she is enlightening. I wish it had been longer but this was extraordinary in every way.