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[MDES W3541] Zionism: A Cultural Perspective

May 17, 2012

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3541] Zionism: A Cultural Perspective

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Underwhelming considering all the positive reviews he has gotten - Quite a dry lecturer, and sort of gets stuck making one point for about 35 minutes. He also would sometimes move away from cultural aspects and try to relate history, but his facts were not tight (which is not surprising, as he is not a historian).

Class is worth it just for the readings you are provided - If you are interested in the underpinnings of historical zionism, they are quite interesting. His lectures, however, leave something to be desired.

Workload:

A lot of assigned reading, but it is not required to get an A in the class - You need to read one book for a 2-3 page "book report" that is graded with a check or check minus. There is one 5-7 page paper on different topics that he gives you, and a take-home final that is probably around 6-8 pages typed. Not an insane amount of work, but not extremely easy either.

May 10, 2010

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3541] Zionism: A Cultural Perspective

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This professor is truly a gem. He enjoys teaching, is happy to answer questions, and always wants students to come to his OH, which I think that few do. His lectures are entertaining and thoughtful. The course largely consists of a survey of the cultural underpinnings of Zionism, while side-stepping the current political aspects of it. A further bonus is that many of the kids who show up don't seem to take the class seriously, and so the bar for doing well is really not that high. If you want to take a fun course that will boost your GPA, this is it.

Workload:

2 page book review (P/F), 5-7 page term paper (50%) which can be submitted twice for a better grade, take-home final (50%). Generally light reading (20 pages) per class. Come to class, do the work, get an A.

April 30, 2007

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3541] Zionism: A Cultural Perspective

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Do not leave Columbia University without taking a class with the almighty Dan Miron. Not only is he brilliant, but he's a powerful lecturer who truly wants to make his students understand the (extremely interesting) material.
For the big 10-page paper that you'll have to write, he was extremely helpful in going over drafts, meeting with students, etc, which help to sharpen my understanding of Zionism and its roots. Also, his graduate fellow Andrea is probably one of the greatest TAs you'll ever have (no joke, this woman went above and beyond for us, and when she did lecture rarely, her teaching style rivaled that of many tenured profs you'll probably have).

Seriously, I cannot praise this prof highly enough. Take anything he teaches, you won't regret it.

Workload:

A paper that he's AMAZINGLY helpful with (you can hand in a rought draft and then turn in a new draft for a completely new grade), short response paper to a text of your choice, take home final

April 04, 2007

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3541] Zionism: A Cultural Perspective

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I can't help but think something has gone horribly awry between the posting of the previous reviews and this one, because the Professor Miron described by others cannot, CANNOT, be the same professor I currently have a class with.

Signing up for a Zionism class was an attempt to broaden my knowledge of the Zionist movement, its implementation, and its implcations. After two months of class, almost no material had been covered, and it felt like a literature class.

Perhaps the esteemed Professor decided to take a mental sabbatical, or is coasting on the sycophantic reviews previously posted. Or perhaps I just lack the mental agility to translate the random Hebrew thrown in and rambling and unstructured lecture style. Either or.

The TA is great, though. Very organized and very smart. Almost makes the class worth it.

Workload:

5 page midterm, two 8-10 page papers

October 24, 2006

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3541] Zionism: A Cultural Perspective

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BEST CLASS THAT I HAVE EVER TAKEN AT COLUMBIA.

Workload:

12-15 page paper in which he guides you through the process, take home final.

May 12, 2006

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3541] Zionism: A Cultural Perspective

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Professor Miron is infinitely knowledgable. While some may find him intimidating, he is a rather kind man, willing to help and meet with students outside class. The course mainly deals with primary sources, so there is reading, but is is completely unnecessary to do it. His lectures are riveting and his take on the literature is fascinating. Take this class if you can, you will not regret it.

Workload:

Easy. 1 10 pg paper-you can hand in a rough draft which is read and returned with a grade and comments which you can rewrite and submit for a completely new grade. Plus, you have the entire semester to write it. Take-home final-easy

May 07, 2006

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3541] Zionism: A Cultural Perspective

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Columbia is a good school because of passionate scholars like Dan Miron. The guy is definitely the master of his subject. For that matter, he's so knowledgable in any subject you can think of. Dan Miron uses philosophical articles, novels, poems and any kind of text you can imagine to present what Zionism is and how it developed as clearly as possible. Miron makes the subject very attractive and interesting because he knows it so well and he knows how to present it. He is very detail-oriented and will not leave anything unclear. Unlike many scholars, Dan Miron will never express his personal views about different brands of Zionism or about the Arab-Israeli conflict for that matter. Yes, you can somehow see that he has his own interpreations about certain texts but all he does is to present the literature on the subject in the most comprehensive way possible. Contemplation on the subject is up to the student. I am not a good writer to praise a scholar like Miron. So, please do yourself a favor (just like I did) and stop reading this review and GO REGISTER FOR ANY CLASS THAT PROF. MIRON TEACHES.

Workload:

weekly readings (varies from one poem to a novel)
one paper (8 - 10 pages, do your readings, analyze the texts, talk to Miron, he's a fair grader and will not accept any B.S.)
take home final (fairly easy and straighforward if you listen to him during lectures)

May 03, 2006

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3541] Zionism: A Cultural Perspective

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Professor Miron is one of the most intelligent, thoughtful, articulate, knowledgeable, well-read professors I have encountered. He is intimately familiar with the subject matter and brings a passion and a love of Jewish history, culture, literature and learning to his lectures. Take this class, you won't regret it!

Workload:

Not hard at all. Weekly readings (not very long) which is to your advantage to do, since it's mostly really excellent stuff. One short paper, 1-2pgs. You have about 10 weeks to do the final paper--a topic you choose from a list of 6-8 or so. Graded fairly, even generously. Mostly, it seems, he wants thoughtful writing that reflects an ability to think critically. Also a take home final--very fair.

February 14, 2006

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3541] Zionism: A Cultural Perspective

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It's been said before and absolutely deserves to be reiterated: Dan Miron might be the most passionate, well-read, talented lecturer of any humanities professor at Columbia. Somehow he both teaches the material and emerges from it, the hallmark of a professor whose heart is in his lecturing. I don't doll out encomium lightly, but Dan Miron is of a different order of professors, and you would be missing out to miss any of his classes.

Workload:

1 page review of chosen text, 8-10 page reflection on primary and secondary source material (NOT a research paper), in-class final.

May 14, 2005

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3541] Zionism: A Cultural Perspective

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Wow. Professor Miron's intelligence alone is enough for me to recommend any student to take this class. While his style of lecturing is relatively boring (he really just walks around and talks for an hour and 15 minutes), everything he says is anything but. If you're interested in the subject, then I definitely recommend taking the class. You will not be disappointed.
I have no idea how the reviewer before had problems meeting with Miron. I met with him twice and he was extremely helpful. The special thing about Miron is that he actually listens to what you're saying and provides a very extensive response to every question you ask. About the earlier reviewer's comments on Miron's grading. Miron is a tough grader because he expects a great paper from students who have had half the semester to polish it. God forbid a teacher expect quality work from a student at Columbia.
If you go to his lectures, take his notes, appreciate the texts, and meet with Miron you'll not only do excellent in the class, but you'll learn so much information and leave feeling very knowledgeable on the subject.

A must-take professor.

Workload:

One paper you have half the semester to write and can turn in rough drafts to him to edit and one take-home final which is really straightforward.

January 26, 2005

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3541] Zionism: A Cultural Perspective and [MDES W3542] Intro to Israeli Literature

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Dan Miron is one of the best professors I have had at Columbia. He is incrediblly knowledgable, eloquent, kind and caring of every student in his class. However, if you are looking for a class where you will be entertained, Professor Miron is just not your guy. In the end, I took him twice because I learned so much more about Israel, the Jewish people and myself that in any other course. He is very balanced in his different views he gives for each issue discussed and never focuses on his own personal positions in the classroom. Overall, you will gain a lot from this professor. Just rememberm these are cultural and sociological literature courses and NOT a poli-sci course.

Workload:

VERY light, readings that you really never have to do. No midterm, 1 take home paper due whenever you want on whatever you want and 1 straightforward final. Hoever if you want to do the readings, they're great.

December 03, 2004

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3541] Zionism: A Cultural Perspective

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After my first class with Dan Miron I wanted to drop the course. But not so fast ...
despite my first impulse I stayed and discovered what a great professor he is. He is a really good lecturer, you'll want to go to every lecture, partly because he's interesting and partly because the really important stuff will come out of Miron's mouth in lectures not from the readinsg which are mostly short stories and texts by various zionist thinkers, most of which are pretty impossible to understand without going to lectures. Personality wise he's your typical old Israeli guy, super gruff and pretty intimidating (and I'm not one to be easily intimidated), highly intelligent and with a dry sense of humor underneath it all.
What really makes him a great professor is this:
He takes time trying to understand what you want to say in your paper, and will help you develop your argument if you plan ahead enough to give him the time to read a draft. I wrote a draft that I think he might have hated and/ or disagreed with, but he gave really constructive critiizism, pointed me to the right books, and the end product was what I consider to be the best paper I've ever written.

Workload:

light, weekly readings that he will pretty much go over verbatum in class; one ten page paper due before the end of class, and a final. I got the feeling that he's an easy grader if he feels that you've made an effort.

August 03, 2004

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3541] Zionism: A Cultural Perspective

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Professor Miron has tremendous presence in front of a class. He speaks in sober, measured tones with great aplomb. When he comes into class, he lays a small page of notes in front of himself and talks straight through the end of class, although this is not a negative. On the contrary, I had the feeling that every sentence contained some morsel of wisdom or profound insight gleaned through his decades of contacts with Zionist leaders from Ben Gurion to Sharon. Prof. Miron is highly balanced. Until the last week of class, he managed to keep his lectures from revealing any personal opinion, and that was only breached during the last week because the final classes were open debates where we were able to ask for his opinions, point blank. He is not a difficult teacher either, with the workload consisting of relatively light readings and one paper. Quite simply, Prof. Miron is one of the most powerful teachers that I have had the pleasure of learning from, and I would recommend this class to anyone of any political slant.

Workload:

Light to medium readings, one 5-8 paper, and he lets you redo it until you get the grade you want.

May 26, 2002

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3541] Zionism: A Cultural Perspective

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This guy is great, he knows everything about everything. He was a total disorganized mess, we didnt get the syllabus until halfway through and there was no text book, and all the readings were on reserve, including a bunch of novel, but you learned a lot just from his lectures. He seems to know all the authors that you read, which is cool.

Workload:

He says its an easy class, and it is. One paper (keep it short, and he lets you redo it until you like your grade, but do it early so you have time to revise) and an easy final.

May 07, 2002

Miron, Dan Silver_nugget
[MDES W3541] Zionism: A Cultural Perspective

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A must take. Miron is a master of many languages, all of which he uses in class. He is very smart and knows personally many of the authors who we discussed over the course of the semester. His Israeli mannerisms are humorous in an endearing way. The readings are pretty interesting.

Workload:

decent amount of reading, paper, final

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W3541: Zionism: a Cultural Perspective Dan Miron 2012 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W3541: Zionism: a Cultural Perspective Dan Miron 2010 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W3541: Zionism: a Cultural Perspective Dan Miron 2009 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W3541: Zionism: a Cultural Perspective Dan Miron, Andrea Siegel 2006 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W3541: Zionism: a Cultural Perspective Dan Miron 2005 Spring MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W3541: Zionism: a Cultural Perspective Dan Miron 2004 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W3541: Zionism: a Cultural Perspective Dan Miron 2003 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1