professor
Dennis Dalton

This professor has earned a CULPA silver nugget

Jun 2008

I have to admit that at first I did absorb much of what Dalton said like the pathetic sponge I was. As the semester wore on, though, I started to see a sick sort of Dalton-worshiping in the halls of Barnard. No one saw the hypocrisy in that they were unquestioningly following the words of a man who preaches questioning our sole existence. If nothing else, this class made me embarrassed by my swooning Barnard peers and the mindlessness with which they took in his words. He blatantly discouraged students from following their dreams by handing out papers and advice pitted against certain professions. His closemindedness towards professions in law, business and government make it all the more obvious that he himself could use a little truth- pursued indoctrination.

Jan 2008

Not so great. Dalton has a large following of girls who hang onto his every word and think he is a God. There is always a line after class of students that want to hug him for such an inspiring lecture. It gets to be a little much. Especially for a man, who although he is very kind and intelligent, only expresses the most biased perspective on any issue. He stifles creative thought. I did gain a general understanding of Plato, Aristotle, etc…which I believe is very important, especially for Barnard students who don’t take Columbia’s core. His lectures are enjoyable enough but they are all the same and I often found myself looking at the clock. I wouldn’t tell you not to take the class, but I would not necessarily recommend it. Maybe I have a bitter taste in my mouth because I did exceptionally well on the midterm, but not as well on the final. He removes points for unspecific reasons. I found that my friends who memorized the 8 pages of answers they prepared before the test that simply regurgitates his thoughts did better than those who went into the test prepared, although not memorized. So if you can memorize I would do it…he wants to hear his words of wisdom mindlessly repeated back to him.

Dec 2007

I agree with some of the reviews below- while he's a great guy, I'm not a huge fan of the class. The first few classes were very interesting and inspiring, but it became very repetitive and I stopped going after the midterm. The class is centered around the theme of idealism vs. realism, which I found to be too simplistic (and he is also heavily biased towards the idealists). He is a wonderful and inspiring person, but I'm not taking the second semester. By the way, don't believe what people said about difficult midterms and finals- go to the review session, he tells you what he wants in his answer word for word.

Oct 2007

Throughout my years here, i have never found ONE professor as passionate as Prof. Dalton. Accessibility and his 'do no harm' principle are his most powerful attributes. Some people have to realize that college is not about memorizing facts, historical events etc. College is about making you a better person, in order to be able to legitimately BECOME PART of history in a unique, admirable Way. Thankfully, Dalton has realized that, and helps us in the most efficient and virtuous way. There was not even one lecture when i left without experiencing a 'catharsis'. This person has the unique ability to wash away all your malevolence by instiling benevolence and the 'do no harm' rule in your minds and souls. If there is anyone who realizes the value of all the above, just take his class. Its too bad this 'agent of benevolence' is leaving us next year. I know this sounds cliche, but i love him.

Apr 2007

By far the BEST professor I have had in my life. I learned more in his classes than I have ever learned in any class. This guy is amazing and so kind. He is ALWAYS willing to make time to see students, whether about something relating to the class, or about anything that they want to talk abuot. I thoroughly reccommend his classes, I cannot do justice for this amazing person in just a few words. AMAZING,

Apr 2007

I adore this man. Dalton is the first professor I have found at Columbia or Barnard who feels like a human being. He is approachable and kind - totally understanding and willing to hear criticism or praise about his class. When you email him with comments/questions, he emails you right back with a lengthy, well thought out response, and even commented on my great performance on the midterm (as in, he remembered who i was - impressive for a CU prof). He loves answering questions and talking to students after class about the material, philosophy, or your life. He's become a great friend and I truly recommend taking this class, due to the inspiring nature of Dalton. The readings are standard: Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli - all texts I had read before - but he illuminates them with clarity and joy and excitement. His politics are right on - the only professor Ive had who addresses the war we are in and the outrageous atrocities of the Bush Administration - thank god someone is talking about it. After every class I walk out feeling refreshed and excited about life - I'm not kidding! He's so cool! You don't have to do the reading - just go to his lectures and highlight the passages he reads in class. The midterm was easy. I got an A and only studied for a couple hours the night before. Take this class. He will open your mind and soul.

Apr 2007

By far the best professor I've had in my life. Also the kindest and most compassionate. His classes are amazing - every single one of them. He teaches with such passion its hard not to stay focused in class. I LOVE this guy and his classes.

Mar 2007

I am so happy to see that there are other students who see, as I do, that Dennis Dalton takes advantage of a captive audience - his class - to indoctrinate the students with his political views. After a 2 hour or so conversation with him (he requested I come in after I sent him an e-mail because I was upset) I realized that it's not that he doesn't understand what influence he has on students when he rants. Rather, he knows exactly the power he has and he's happy to exert it; hence the students who gleefully - in their words - worship at the Dennis Dalton altar. It's totally unfair of him to run the class the way he does because it deprives the students of the education they expect the course to provide. And, as others have mentioned, his "pursuit of truth" stuff is all talk. He tells students (basically word-for-word) what they must answer for questions on the midterm and final. By the way, I would appreciate it if other students would make it clear to him that they do not like how he "teaches" - he was totally shocked when I came in to speak with him.

Mar 2007

This class is fine, but I don't seem to find Dalton as amazing as everyone else does. I find it kind of boring. But it's ok, as classes go. There's not much work at all, except reading and the two exams. Try to leave yourself plenty of time to study before the midterm and final; it's really hard to memorize the quotes verbatim, which you have to do.

May 2005

Dennis Dalton is single-handedly the most inspiring and beautiful person that I have ever met. How can I possibly do justice to him in a review? Dalton treats his students with utmost respect and is willing to chat with them for hours on end (through emails, after class or during office hours). I only regret that I cannot adopt him as my grandfather. Sitting next to him simultaneously gave me a sense of calm and purpose. I felt revitalized knowing that "making the world a better place" is not merely a whimsical fantasy but a palpable possibility already actualized by peace activists in other communities. In a world ripping at the seams with exploitation and degradation, this course was nothing short of a beacon of hope. Through engaging class discussions and fascinating student presentations, you will learn that another type of world is indeed possible and harmonious coexistence is achievable. Honestly, I was practically moved to tears when this course was over. I am frustrated that a course that teaches people to find inner and outer peace is not part of ColumbiaÂ’s Core. I recommend, without reservation, any course taught by Dalton. You will find yourself wanting to hug him and everyone around you.

Jan 2005

The texts in this class are good, and Dalton sometimes gives interesting lectures. However, sometimes he doesn't, so bring something to read to class. What he says in class is in no way relevant to what is on the midterm and final. To do well on those you don't even need to go to class. Just copy what he says in the course packet word for word and you will get an A.

Dec 2004

This man is amazing, inspiring, and an all around great human being. He is caring, kind and sensitive to his students and the world. I don't get how people can say it is bad in any way for him to be an idealist- who wouldn't want to live in an idealistic world?! The course itself is great- wonderful lectures that are unparalleled. "DD" is brilliant and I only wish he was my grandpa!

Nov 2004

I am in lovelovelove w/Dennis Dalton. He is just so great! The class is really interesting.. he is super passionate and his packet is the Bible. He explains the political theorists in full, and with their own bias (as if he agreed w/every one of them)... If you're interested in political theory at all, def take this class. As for the exams, it's a pain to memorize 14 essays, and a pain to write them out in such little time. But all you have to do is make a study group, and divide the quotes up, and you'll do fine. I got an A+. I'm shocked at the negative reviews for DD, I really don't understand how this class could be perceived as so terrible. He dislikes George Bush with good reason...and if you're deciding on what classes to take based on the most amount that you can skip, stop wasting your parent's money.

Nov 2004

This class is really inspiring. It's all about realism vs. idealism, with some theorists in between. A lot of time is devoted to Plato. There's a decent amount of reading for the class, which is interesting (The Republic, Antigone, Tao te Ching, The Prince, Hobbes, Aristotle, etc...) but no need to do it. You just need to go to the lectures and read his outlines carefully before the midterm and final. He really wants you to memorize his packet (which contains all the outlines). He goes on tangents on how the theories from Ancient Greece, etc relate to today. If you're not liberal, it might irritate you but I find it so honest and inspiring. Good class today if you're looking for something in the middle of Philosophy and Politics. Also just a really sweet man.

May 2004

I thought I had caught on to something special when I attended Dalton's first few lectures. By the end of the semester, I regretted taking his class. He's a passionate, extremely knowledgable professor, but spends more time railing against George Bush and the war in Iraq or extolling Mahatma Gandhi than actually teaching the course. He's also an extremely picky grader; the previous reviews are right in saying that he expects you to recite the packet to him. But not only that, you had better know every detail in the packet because he nickel-and-dimes you into much lower grades with small deductions for every missed minor detail on the exams. And if you're a preprofessional student, don't expect him to be sympathetic to your need for good grades when grading your exams. He grades everyone's exams extremely hard and spends signficant class time urging students to spend a few years working for Teach for America rather than attending medical or law school. The bottom line: Dalton is great if you're a political liberal who is against all wars and doesn't care too much about grades. If you don't have the aforementioned qualities, you probably should stay away from him.

Nov 2003

I would have to disagree with the other reviewers who found Dalton's classes to be stifling. Maybe you will not agree with everything, (or even very little of) what he has to say, but it is still worth taking his classes. Rare is a professor who addresses and embraces their subject so passionately. Dalton delves into the material and brings it to life. I found him to be inspiring and I LOVED this class. And do not listen to the people who say this class is difficult. I only skimmed the readings, often slept late, and easily got an A both semesters.

Oct 2003

I took both Political Theory I and Political Theory II. I agree with much of what has already been written in reviews about Dalton (to the extent I know much about his classes, despite having "taken" them). The points I disagree on are the complaints about his so-called unfair grading. This class is insanely easy if you just write out word-for-word (or as close as you can remember) what he puts in the packet. I went to THREE classes spring semester (the first one, the second one, and the final) and nearly as few in the fall. I didn't read any of the books either semester that I hadn't read already in CC. I didn't take the optional midterm. I read in other reviews that there was an optional paper, but I don't remember hearing about that, and I certainly didn't write it. The night before each final, I did study the packet he handed out on the first day of class. I showed up to the finals, took them, and for my hard work, I earned an A first semester and an A- second semester. If I can do it, you can do it. On the other hand, if you can handle waking up at 10:35 AM, I'd suggest going to the class. He sounds like a great lecturer from the CULPA reviews.

Sep 2003

Take this class--either semester. Dalton is THE MOST passionate and eloquent professor at Columbia. He brings each author to life in a way no one else does. He can seem opinionated in lecture but if you disagree stay for discussion section and challenge him for a thoughtful debate, you'll be surprised at how open-minded he really is. I don't agree though that he is only conveying one view. He conveys the view of each author as if the author were there himself, and lets face it each one of them had something very specific to say--Dalton tells you what it is in such a powerful way you have to get it. In fact, if you forget what Marx, or Plato, or Freud's main points are after this class you are an idiot--the message is that clear, that repetitive and that strong.

Aug 2003

Professor Dalton is AMAZING! And that's an understatement. I recommend this to every student - freshmen: if you're looking for inspiration and one class you can always look forward to, Dalton is your man. seniors: WHY HAVEN'T YOU TAKEN HIS CLASS YET?? don't regret not taking his class! Although the class is relatively "easy", that is only the case if you don't take it for granted. Don't wait until a week before the midterm/exam to study. The course is extremely interesting - it is rare to have a class with interesting material (malcolm x, marx, gandhi, plato etc) and a wonderful teacher. I am saying this even after not doing so well in the class - I regret not putting more effort into a class I loved and could have aced. I will never forget all that he has taught me.

Jul 2003

It's kind of pointless to add to the 30 other reviews, but seriously, this class is worthless. I have never taken another class in which I had to forget what I read in order to do well on the tests. He has a preachy 5 sentence take on every author, and he wants you to repeat it back to him verbatim. You have no idea how frustrating it is to read a 300 page book and then have to "unlearn" all but a sentimental summary of it. Dalton is a nice old man. Nobody denies that. But as a class, this is a horrible joke.

Jul 2003

WASTE OF TIME. Take this class if you're that kid at Columbia that's just there to graduate, not learn anything and say ho-hum to your grades. I hated this class, I hated this professor.

May 2003

Professor Dalton seems like the arsenal of passion and erudition. He is a good teacher who gets his point accross through blatant repetition. You will be required to memorize a LOT of information, and believe me it is NOT easy. That being said, I disagree with all the sychophantic reviews of professor Dalton. The man is THE most unfair grader ever to walk this planet. He demands direct regurgitation of his words on exams which is annoying for people with over two braincells. You have to submit to his egotistical desire to see his phrases, and only his phrases on hundreds of final exams. Couple that with a subtle air of self-importance and you have a professor that may well rub many the wrong way. The excellent subject matter of this class however, is probably worth overlooking the man for.

May 2003

Professor Dalton uses his class to voice his views. Althoguh I agree with much of his political ideology, I found his ranting to be a waste of valuable class time. I was also disappointed that his expectations for exam answers were the regurgitation of what he said in class. Students are encouraged to write formulaic answers on the exam, which undermines the intellectual nature of the course.

Jan 2003

He is insane and crazy. I didn't know that being a genius was a synonym for being a dictator. Do you like memorizing his thoughts word for word? Then this is the class for you. If you have a third of a brain, avoid this man at all costs.

Jan 2003

The most deceptive class at this school. I knew about 50 kids in this class, and each one was dissatisfied with their grade. The lectures are over-crowded, and, although Dalton is indeed a great speaker, full of his own liberal agenda. Most students did not attend because there was a lack of seating, and the alternative was to watch a videotape of the lecture in the library. Very little of what the man talks about are on the exam, which are the trickiest tests you'll take here. With an optional midterm, many student opted to take the final, which was graded extremely unfairly, with point being extracted for missed concept and not added for new ones. Instead of expecting an essay, Dalton would like you to list everything he has told you, word for word. I would advise memorizing the packet, but then again I knew it back and forth and wound up pissed off. Be prepared to really know your stuff and get a C or lower.

Jan 2003

It amazes me that students rate this professor so high. Yes, there is no reason to go to class. Yes, you have learned all this stuff in CC. The problem with the class is that it prohibits original thinking. There is one interpretation and it is his. He gives an optional midterm and an optional paper, then a final. Judging by the final grades of those that did the optional stuff and those that didnt, they arent optional. Everyone (10+ people) that I knew that only took the final got a C in this class, with the exception of one student who got a B-. If you are looking for an easy grade this is not it. Yes the class is easy, very easy. It seems like a cake class until you get your final grade back and you are sitting on the worst grade you have ever gotten at Columbia. I have two critical thoughts on the class: Either the grades were based on whether or not you did the optional work (where those people that did had their work graded much easier), or they were graded on how much of what he spoon-fed you you regurgitated back up on the final. Columbia is about enabling students to think for themselves and formulate their own opinions on the texts that are read. This class was exactly the opposite of that ideal. If you think for yourself you are penalized. Finally, I would not argue that he's a nice guy in class. I am weary, however, of how much he really cares about his students. I think it is a show, and I think that the emails that he reads in class are a show. I think they are written by him in an attempt by him to make students feel that he is in touch with them. Also, it is very ironic how those emails read at the beginning of class act as a perfect transition from the previous class to the later class discussion.

Jan 2003

I loved this class. The works on the reading list are interesting and Dalton is an interesting lecturer. I can see why someone would say that he does not see other points of view, but if you stay for the discussion sections or email/meet him, you'll see that he has thought about the opposing views. He's passionate about idealism but he's also been educated about realism and reformism. He's an incredibly caring, understanding, and thoughtful professor. If you feel that you're open to lectures that will have a good focus and will allow you to understand the major tenets of political theory, I encourage you to take this class. I don't think it's for everyone though-it may not question the opposing views as much as you would like. Still, he's one of the best professors I've had. I loved this course and learned so much. Visit him on office hours. And he's great about responding to emails, even right before an exam.

Jan 2003

To call Political Theory a class, to call Dalton a professor, and to call his audience students is to make a mockery of everything for which education stands. 1) His class stifles creative and innovative thinking, 2) Contrary to his celebration of truth pursued, Dalton delivers ONE interpretation of the texts read, and 3) In office hours, he is unashamedly sarcastic, belittling, and downright rude. What is most painful is watching first-years lap up his anti-intellectual garbage for "wisdom." In fact, those who will attack this review are simply following Dalton's lead: only ONE interpretation can be heard; all others must be squashed out before they can balloon into malignant tumors. That said, it is without hesitation that I do not recommend taking this mind-numbing farce.

Dec 2002

truly passionate about his students and the subject. He almost worships Plato, and the class is heavily focused on Plato and Machiavelli, with a bit of Aristotle thrown in. He's a great lecturer, really interesting and clear, always bringing in outside events. Cares about students and actually encourages you to talk to him, and will talk to you for as long as you want. Quite idealistic, which sometimes seems a bit over the top, but its refreshing to hear someone who loves teaching and believes in his ideals, whether or not you agree with all of them.

Dec 2002

Fist off, to hear professor Dalton speak is a delight...do I agree with the man's opinion on everything? No. but I don't mind a professor simply selling his opinion. I'm old enough to decipher it and appreciate it for what it's worth. Go ahead take his class and listen to his lectures they're worth it. Don't take notes you'll miss some good stuff and you dont need them. As others have said this here and its true... the tests are just dumb... memorize the outline maybe review the videos of his lecture just to see the 2 minutes he spent on the ID... but thats it. Great professor one time but I wouldnt take him again.

Dec 2002

This is probably the easiest class you will ever take in Columbia. You could go about the class in two ways. If you are really interested in the topic, Dalton is an extremely enthusiastic guy who brings current events in politics to compare to the ancient philosophers and politicians studied in class. Although an idealist himself, he does a good job of showing the other side of the arguments as well. However, if you are just looking for a good grade while doing the least amount of work possible, this is also the class to take. you never have to show up for class or do any of the readings, and you can still ace the class. You can choose to make the final count as 100% of your grade by skipping the midterm. The great thing is that he gives you the final (and midterm if you choose to take it) a week or two before the test date. You're probably saying to yourself that this is too good to be true but it really isnt. I didnt go to class for the last 2 months and if I dont get an A, I only have myself to blame. All the answers to the final are in the packet he gives out at the beginning of the year. Another good thing, is that the reading list uses a lot of the same books from CC, so you could knock out 2 birds with one stone.

Dec 2002

This is the best class that I have ever taken at Columbia. Dalton inspires you to higher levels and is an absolutely fantastic speaker. He is probably one of the nicest people I have ever met. And yes, maybe the class doesn't requre much creativity on the tests, but atleast this is one of the classes that you will remember what the prof said a couple of years down the line. I wish I could say the same about some of the other Columbia classes!

Dec 2002

CRITICAL REVIEW OF DALTON: I hate to use caps lock but I wanted to get people's attention away from all the praise of Dalton and actually offer some criticism. Dalton is a charismatic lecturer and very open to his students. However, this can only take the class so far. He is all flash but not much substance. You get only the basics of the authors you read which I suppose is fine for an intro class. However, for Columbia students this is redundant after spending so much time on this stuff in CC. Its frustrating to have taken a challenging class like CC but then take two steps back with Dalton. This problem is worsened because Dalton doesn't want you to think on your own. He only wants you to use on the midterm and final exactly what he said in class. Therefore, you have to forget the more advanced stuff you learned already in CC and concentrate on functioning like a parrot. I don't want this review to seem overly critical. Dalton's charisma compensates for the lack of content to an extent. He makes every effort to be available to students. However, the reviews I read seemed to be so in love with the guy that they ignored how high school the class is. I don't recommend you take the class but I do recommend that you sit in on it once ( to hear him speak, not for what he has to say.) Also, I was slightly disappointed by one other aspect of the class. Dalton leads you to believe he grades the midterms, finals and papers himself which I thought was an awesome sacrifice for a lecture class. There are no TA's ever in class, he never mentioned them or gave us an opportunity to contact them. He never referred to how the TA's would grade the midterms but only himself. However, I found out later that there are TA's that do all that stuff. This is no big deal. I do not expect a professor to worry about that stuff and Dalton certainly deals with students in other ways (responds to e-mails himself and leads discussion sections himself). Nevertheless, I did feel slightly misled.

Nov 2002

Prof. Dalton is very passionate about nonviolence and makes it abundantly clear that he is not a fan of Bush. His message about being "the change you want to see in the world" (from Gandhi) is very inspiring. He, like Plato, wants everyone to find his or her arete and sometimes makes a crack at the large amount of people who pursue a career in law. Still, it is not surprising seeing the large amount of students who take him (so many that he needed a bigger classroom). I plan on taking Political Theory II. Also, he is very approachable. You can talk to him about ANYTHING and he will thank you for coming. I once talked to him about the distrubing prevalence of suicide on campus and he actually knew all of the students.

Nov 2002

Dennis Dalton does care about his students and is very liberal, but the bitter reviews of him on CULPA have a point - this class oversimplifies everything. You are not encouraged to look at other views on Plato, Aristotle, etc. because he grades based on keywords. I wish it had been more challenging, but I suppose you can't expect much from an Intro class. You'll either love his teaching style or be put off - he reads from the lecture summaries in the packet word for word and will then veer off topic to rant on realists or Bush or something of that nature. It's an easy A and you learn the basics of political theory, but you don't feel proud of the A - it feels too easy and not like a college course at all.

Nov 2002

Do not believe any thing negative you hear about this man. The fact is that Dalton is an angel. He is unbelievably intelligent, caring, and kind. He is the only reason that this school can claim the high standing that it does.

Nov 2002

I just feel the need to respond to some of the other CULPA reviews that led me to take this class in the first place. If you want to sit through interminable lectures of ultra-liberal drivel, then by all means, take this course. The lectures and reading have nothing to do with the midterm or final. They're just rote memorization. His style is engaging for the first two lectures, when you think he's whipping you into an educational frenzy- but they don't stop. He keeps yelling and going off topic. He literally talked for 10 minutes one day about how all the girls in the class should buy this book that was a guided tour of the vagina. I don't see how this teaches us political theory. He also has this ridiculous theory that he will push down your throat about how all idealists and all realists are the same. I seriously doubt that Plato read ancient Chinese philosophy, but he claims that this is true. HOW? THE GREEKS DIDN'T HAVE TRANSCONTINENTAL TRAVEL! He also claims that he is objective and fair when dealing with the realists and the idealists, but he compared Machiavelli to Hitler. I would strongly recommend against this course for anyone who thinks independently and has a low tolerance for demogoguery.

Jun 2002

I can not say enough good things about Professor Dalton so I'll just add to the list. Dalton is the most amazing speaker I have ever heard and his lectures the most life-changing I have ever experienced. He gives you an incredibly thorough overview of theorists such as Marx, Freud, etc. and emphasizes truth possessed versus truth pursued. He teaches you to thin in an entirely new way, to seek your own truth. He manages to infuse every lecture with such a great amount of passion (warning you can actually see the spit if you sit close enough) and knowledge that it is overwhelming. You will emerge from this class a new person, for which reason it should be a requirement for graduation, I can't imagine graduating without having taken it!!!!

Apr 2002

Dalton comes off as very inspirational because he eschews a lot of utopian, leftist values. I think he does a fine job extrapolating from the texts to create an overall bigger message. However, midway into the semester, I got the creeping suspicion that he wasn't as nearly open-minded and deep as he appeared in the beginning. Student questions are far and few between, and he usually dismisses them with comments like "sure, it's important to consider all issues, but the message I want this class to present is ..." He constantly emphasizes the "pursuit of truth," which is exemplified nicely in the readings and his anecdotes, but I'm not so sure the students have that opportunity to pursue truth given the manner the texts are taught with one interpretation in mind and how exams are graded for using certain buzzwords. I acknowledge these are the inherent shortcomings of any lecture class, but you should be aware of them regardless.

Apr 2002

AMAZING. Political theory is SO not my thing, but if you can take ANYTHING taught by this man you must... he doesn't teach political theory, he teaches LIFE... he is FIRE, he is PASSION, you MUST MUST MUST take this class!!!!!!!!!!!!! He makes you think in such a good way!

Mar 2002

Professor Dalton seems to genuinely know what he is talking about and care a great deal about the material that he teaches. Unfortunately actual knowledge of this material is not needed to do well in his class, you can actually be penalized for going beyond recitation. The key to this class is to take it with friends, not that difficult because of the large size, and go to all of the classes. During class he will tell you which quotes in the work you are reading that day will be candidates for the ID based midterm and final. Write down whatever he says about these quotes and look at how he references the same quotes in the course packet that he distributes each term. He only puts quotes on the tests that were _both_ read aloud in class and mentioned in the course packet. Then just get together with your friends and create the ultimate formulated spitback description of each quote. Everyone can submit the same answer without worry; Prof. Dalton has no problem with this "studying" tactic. Lather, rinse, and repeat for the final and then sit back and rake in your A or A+.

Jan 2002

Prof. Dalton is a very passionate professor. He has a firm commitment to teaching his students to the best of his ability as well as that poli sci drive that although he does not crack jokes, he is got the full attention from everyone, even those with short attention-span. The material covered are classics of political theory and very interesting. He is a very caring man as well. He teaches you all you need to know for the exam so the class is not hard at all. Just try not to miss too many lectures.

Jan 2002

He's a great professor. For a class of 300 people, I think it's understandable for him to lay out exactly what he wants to see on exams. Whatever grade you get, I doubt you'd complain b/c it's all in the lecture outlines. If he didn't lay it all out for us, we'd all be complaining his class is too big and confusing. He cares about all his students and actually wants everyone to do well. (Definitely not like those science/math professors who tell us they rig the exams and curve it so that the mean is a B- in the class!) He isn't THAT great, but he's definitely up there and I'd like to take all his other classes as well.

Dec 2001

Surprise! I am a Barnard girl who is not in love with Dalton. I have to admit, though, that he is very devoted to his students and is a great lecturer. Make sure you e-mail him during the semester [about his class or whatever the hell else you want to talk about -- doesn't matter]. He's an interesting guy and is extremely thoughful and compassionate.

Jan 2000

Dalton's flagship course takes you through attaining happiness, to civil disobedience, via truth possesed and truth pursued. Along the way, you read Gandhi, Malcolm X, Hitler, Thoreau, Marx, Freud, GIlligan, and Goldman. Professor Dalton helped expand my mind and inspire me. He is very approachable - the nicest man I know. The course is a huge lecture hall, so it is good that Dalton has such a spark for oration. You watch some cool videos too. I would reccomend this course to anyone, but it's especially good for seniors who are disillusioned with entering the 'real world.'

Jan 2000

Although most of the Barnard girls in this class seem to be in love with Dalton, the class is really just about memorizing what Dalton says and carrying it over to the exams. He seems to be really nice, but actually he's just a phony convinced that he knows all about political theory. This class is meant for those who have trouble thinking or comprehending readings for themselves.

Jan 2000

I wish I could disagree with all the scary, I-am-madly-in-love-with-this-prof reviews just to be different, but I can't. He's amazing. I worship at the Dennis Dalton altar.

Jan 2000

Unless you're a complete moron is to skip the lectures and spend the time contemplating the readings on your own. I recommend only taking this course if you want to spend your time regurgitating what the prof says, if you dont want to think about political theory on your own, or if you just want an easy A.

Jan 2000

This class was really excellent. All I can really add to the other reviews is that this is what CC should have been. Dalton is one of the big names in this department, and this is one of those 'must-take' classes that you hear everyone talking about. Like I said, a superb class.

Jan 2000

This course provided the same stuff as Dalton's Political Theory, but with class discussion, more on Gandhi and MLK Jr. Professor Dalton really has a spark in his lecture, but the readings for Non-Violence were great too, and it was really interesting to hear what other students had to say. The course alternated one day of lecture with one day of discussion (sometimes with a TA). You probably can't take this without being a junior or senior. If you can't take these classes, at least make an effort to meet Professor Dalton before you graduate, he holds "pizza and protest" sometimes. But you better take these before you graduate, or you are really missing out!

Jan 2000

This man rocks, and I would worship him if I could, but he wouldn't like that. He is in Barnard's political science dept., and right now is their only 'political theory' professor. Basically, any class he teaches is worth taking, from his intro to political theory class to his seminars and colloquia. His main issue is nonviolence - he is a Gandhi scholar. He is also a vegetarian and lives in the neigborhood, which I personally think says a lot. He is pro-activism in the largest sense of the word, and is pro-anything else postive (pro-all civil rights things, whether woman, black, queer, or anything else, not just in the US, but elsewhere). He is also an extraordinarily knowledgable man, who is also a wonderful teacher and guide. He will talk to (and <i>listen</i> to) his students for hours on end. He even lends books. Sorry this is so long, but if i could've, i would've majored in the man.