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This is my second course with Dr. Campbell. Both were extremely well organized and beautifully presented. Dr. Campbell has a way of taking completed concepts and timelines and making them easy to understand. He went above and beyond answering questions and those he could not answer, he researched to have something prepared for the next course. His knowledge of Japanese culture is vast, and he is an extremely kind and personable presenter.
Dr. Campbell is engaging, knowledgeable, thoughtful and presents a compelling and interesting series of discussions on the life of the Samurai. I looked forward to every one of the five seminars and enjoyed every minute. His use of historical photographs, block prints and paintings was perfectly synthesized into his presentation. The maps and color-coded guides he used, as well as strategic use of the family crests, made a complicated story easy to follow. Well done!
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Dr. Campbell is clear, concise and entertaining as a seminar leader. He has to cover a lot of territory in a short period and he does it well. He is organized, has great slides to illustrate his points, takes his subject seriously but not too much so (he has good asides and jokes) and answers each question thoughtfully and kindly.
Gavin provides a thorough introduction to the Samurai world and its crucial points of relevance to Japan's modern history. He does so in an engaging and entertaining way. If you're looking for a reliable cultural informant on Japan, you can't do much better than Gavin Campbell. I cannot recommend his courses, seminars and tours highly enough.