You should probably disregard the review below me, it's unnecessarily harsh, and sounds more like a personal vendetta than a constructive review. This review is for Emma's Lit and Revolution class in Slavic Studies.
1. Emma Lieber is an unbelievably caring person. If you put in the time and effort into her class, you'll get out of it exactly what you want--strong discussions, a venue for your ideas, and a spring board for higher engagement with the text.
2. She is a "harsh grader" by Columbia's standards in that she doesn't inflate your grade. So while the person below me believes that their High School English teacher would have given them an A+ on their paper, Emma is not going to fluff you up, and isn't going to to give you a grade your paper doesn't deserve. If you can't write the paper grammatically and structurally at a college level, even if you have a stellar argument, then you're not going to get that A- you so desperately wanted to coast on. That said, Emma is ALWAYS available to meet up with you, even if it's outside her office hours. She gives great feedback, and wants to help you write the best paper you can write. Again, if you put in the time and effort, you have an amazing resource in Emma Lieber.
3. I agree, however, that discussions in class can be led by students a little too much at times, but that's her style, and it has it's own pros and cons. In our Lit and Revolution class she actually does have a lecture portion, which I find super helpful, and which is where a great amount of our conversations develop from, so that provides a good amount of structure for the class. I haven't ever found myself bored with the conversations happening in class or feeling that they are too student led.
4. Despite the one negative review on this thread, please please please take Emma's classes! She's a heartfelt teacher, always looks out for her students, and is an amazing person. Put in the hard work yourself, and you'll get the results you want.