Tom Keever

This professor has earned a CULPA silver nugget

Dec 2003

If you get him your lucky. He knows his stuff and is a pretty easy reader. In fact even if you don't read all the works you can do well. He allows open books and notes on his midterm.

Dec 2003

Wonderful, caring, compassionate, insightful (add any other positive adjectives you want) teacher. He actually makes Lit Hum fun, which is a daunting task.

Jun 2003

As the previous posters have written, getting Tom Keever for Lit Hum is the equivalent of winning the lottery. Not only does he know more about the works than seems humanly possible (especially Shakespeare), he has spent two decades in the theater and has a reading grasp of five languages. In terms of the workload, Keever believes that since the reading list is already too thick to do really well, he only assigned one extra work for the whole year, and that was an 80-page Stoppard play. Although the postings can be annoying, they're designed to get students thinking about future essay topics, and in that respect they succeed. Class Discussion is lively. The only real problem, as one poster noted above, is that the class was divided into two groups: talkers and wallflowers. While about seven kids would talk 80% of the time, another eight kids never talked a single time over the whole year. This is probably because Keever doesn't call on people randomly unless he asks them to tell the class what they wrote on the Cuboard. In terms of grades, Keever is very generous. If you do the reading, come to every class, and talk once a week, you will get an A- or an A (probably the latter). Bottom Line: Of the 22 kids who took the class first semester, 20 stayed on. If you are so lucky as to find out you have Tom Keever as your Lit Hum teacher, you ought to immediately fall to your knees and thank whatever deity you worship, because I guarantee you will actually enjoy Lit Hum.

May 2003

This is a great LitHum class. Tom is intelligent, supremely well-read and holds a wealth of knowledge in many areas. He clearly enjoys teaching the class and really tries to accomodate his students. Theater is his speciality so he brings the most to the plays (especially shakespeare). While each class is not neccesarily breathtaking, Tom does his best to make class interesting. He spends most of the class trying to stimulate class discussion as he encourages students to speak their minds. The only problem with this method is that a select group of students did most of the talking. By the end of the year, the two most pompous students dominated the class discussion. Tom was too nice to put these unctuous narcissists in their place. Do not let these annoying egoists dominate your discussion! Reading: Tom gives you 2-3 classes to finish each work. You can get away with not doing the reading because he is such a nice, unassuming guy. But that will just make you feel bad for taking advantage and add pressure to each class and exam. So try your best to do all the reading. Online Webposting: Tom wants each student to write a webpost about an assigned topic on the reading every third class. It is an annoying extra burden, but Tom has the right intenention in assigning it. The posts were supposed to serve as starting points for the class discussions, but most of us landed up writing them the day of class instead of the night before..... Three Papers: A very generous grader. Tom is not looking to screw you. If you show him you learned something from your reading, he will reward you. In fact, in the second semester, he allowed each student to create his/her own topic for each paper. He allows you to write on whatever you like beacuse he wants you to write on something that interests you. Midterm/Final: First semester midterm was very difficult. His second semester midterm, not as difficult. Standrardized Final is cake. Tom is a generous grader throughout. In sum, Tom is a great catch for LitHum.

Jan 2003

A very enjoyable class. For the first few weeks, I was undecided on how I liked the class. Yet, I have grown to like Pf. Keever a lot. Orignially before coming to teach, he was a theater actor and manages to hold a very interesting two hour class session each meeting. He tends to not talk too much about plot issues, but rather tends to highlight things such as themes, styles, and symbols. He also sticks in captivating information regarding the historical time period in which works were written and relationships between the different works we studied. Initially if I had known that, I would have been repulsed by it. However, after having been in his class, he has truely helped me appreciate all of the works and understand their relationships to one another. Finally, he strives to pass on his ardor of drama and art by taking his classes on weekend trips to (nonmandatory)performances, visits to the Met, and such. A great teacher.