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Maria Seger was fantastic. She was super knowledgable and her enthusiasm for the subject matter came through. Any discussion of Moby-Dick is going to be a big challenge and she was able to provide a balanced discussion of both big themes and quote-level detail. She was able to discuss complex ideas in a clear and easy-on-the-ears way, and engage the group in the discussions without ever getting bogged down. I would happily take another of Maria’s courses.
Excellent course. Not sure I would have gotten through the book without the thoughtful discussion
A classmate pointed out that despite Moby Dick's being a great American novel, many people have never read it. Too bad they didn't take this Context course with Dr. Maria Seger. Dr. Seger kept us reading and enjoying the entire book. She provided organized scholarly information and some great illustrations and allowed discussion to occur at all points during class (as opposed to only at the end). I look forward to her next Great Book class!
Dr. Seger facilitated the very best discussion I’ve ever participated in with this series of Melville’s epic. She was able to address the breadth and depth of this complex work while staying within major time limitations of the offering. Her passion for and knowledge of the subject were impressive. Her personality was energetic and inspiring. I will definitely enroll in future courses of Dr. Seger’s!
I just completed Part 2 of this 4-part series. It has been the best Context course I have enjoyed and I have participated in many. Dr. Seger is brilliant on the subject and motivates a high level of participation. Her enthusiasm is contagious. I read Moby Dick years ago and am eager to read again with the benefit of this course!