Israela Silberman

May 2002

Professor Silberman is a kind person and introduces students to a decent range of topics within the larger study of psychology of religion, but check out the syllabus first, as some topics you're interested in may not be covered. Some brick-dumb psych majors have a field day monopolizing the discussion with stupid comments, however, and the professor doesn't rein the discussion in. The midterm and final paper are pretty much about regurgitation. The professor likes to begin class with news articles that students have brought in; apparently she has confused the academic study of the psychology of religion with the simple ability to read the paper and acknowledge that yes, religion is a big deal in current events. With all due respect, I don't need to pay college tuition to listen to other students' verbose summaries of newspaper articles. The professor is most successful at creating a respectful, friendly, safe space in which students can think about various issues. She does, however, spend an inordinate amount of time during the first few lectures belaboring the value of tolerance.