Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars
Winter 2021 - What can I say about Teo that hasn't already been said? He's a master lecturer, a true OG Professor. He is so sweet and his lectures are so engrossing. He's old school so he doesn't use slides, but try to write down as much as he can cause he's got so many words of wisdom. This particular Fiat Lux I took was on Plato's Republic, and I could listen to him talk about Greek history for hours. It's as if he's sitting on an armchair and cracking open this very old volume of history's secrets and reading from it aloud. Lovely lovely man, visit him in Office Hours.
Winter 2017 - I took this class thinking that it would be interesting since it’s about Chinese youth through the last century and my parents are a part of that. The main work consists of some readings he assigns that are linked on the class website for every class and these usually can be done in an hour or two. Some of them are interesting and some of them are not, but you don’t really have to do the readings because whether you pass the class depends only on if you go to class or not (he allows one absence). He take attendance at the beginning of class and if you show up a couple minutes late, that’s fine because you can just go to him at the end of class. Class time involves discussion of the readings but a lot of the time, the professor will ask a question and no one will answer and everyone will just sit in awkward silence and wait. And wait. Until someone is brave enough to speak. But he doesn’t really care what you do in class so most people just sit in the back and go on their laptops or phones. I’d say the professor is overall alright. He’s pretty passionate and knowledgeable about Chinese history but he doesn’t try to actively engage the people in class. Overall, this class is an easy pass but it’s not that interesting.