Dard Neuman

This professor has earned a CULPA gold nugget

May 2004

Dard is one of the rarest gems among any working Columbia professor/TA. How is brilliance measured in a professor? When he/she can take the most complex texts and distill their essences while transmitting them in a concise, comprehensive form. Dard does this--and he does it with extraordinary wit and clarity. He will be leaving for a professorship in California next year, but he wil be around till December. If you find yourself in his CC section, feel priveliged, honored, lucky to be under the tutelage of such a wise educator.

Jan 2004

I want to add one cautionary note to these glowing (and accurate) reviews. Dard teaches with great charsima and true zeal for the subject matter, but look out when it comes to his grading criteria. He expects your papers to encompass the minutia of the texts you've covered, which adds an element of tedium to your experience of the class. You may end up feeling like you spend more time covering your tracks than building an argument because of this tendency in his grading. If you're a card-carrying "big picture" person, you may want to take this into consideration. On the whole, though, a great prof, one of the best I've had.

Nov 2003

Extremely clear and through. He has a style of teaching that engages students to participate voluntarily and allows those that are a bit confused by philosophy to understand what is going on. Even if you are unable to grasp the concepts of the philosophers in the beginning of the class you will come out of each class with a much better understanding of the main points. Dard really tries to help his students understand the material and you can really tell that he enjoys teaching. I definitely recommend taking CC with him

Nov 2003

Dard is the man. He taught be so much about philosophy and you can tell he enjoys it so much. He's completely fair on the work and exams. Once again, he's one of the best teachers I've ever had. He has a knack for explaining complicated abstract topics extremely well.