professor
Edward Malefakis

Apr 2003

I took Contemporary Civ. w/ malefakis. Clearly, the reviewer who cried and complained about him has no sense of humor. CC was an outstanding experience. Malefakis wouldn't think twice about putting you on the spot for walking in late, or making you answer for your opinions. Any personal jabs were in good humor. While I concede that you don't have to be the most oversensitive person to take one of his remarks the wrong way, if you see it for what it is, you can enjoy it. What ON EARTH is wrong with a professor who won't accept half-baked, ill-reasoned generalities? Grumpy Anti-Malefakited are just academically spoiled babies.

Jan 2000

He mumbles, draws unitelligible diagrams with no pertinence to the subject matter, and is plain old mean. He believes that his opinion reigns supreme, and leaves no room for opposing reasons. He also, will degrade and belittle you in class and has been known to laugh at your ideas or just you and your clothing preference. He has had tenure for so long that he could care less about the student. Also, please avoid his History of Spain class. He displays the same inappropriate attitudes and disfunctions.

Jan 2000

He mumbles, draws unitelligible diagrams with no pertinence to the subject matter, and is plain old mean. He has had tenure for so long that he could care less about the student. He displays a full range of inappropriate attitudes and disfunctions.

Jan 2000

Although the other Malefakis review takes a bone-crushing stab at this guy's livelihood, I can't find it in me to level him so ruthlessly; but if one day I happened to open my front door only to find the professor pontificating disjointedly and peacocking his Napoleon-complex, I might be tempted to call the police. If you're looking for warmth, amity and understanding in a professor, then I'd sooner recommend you to tarantula. You may start looking to his TA as a savior of sorts, and fortunately I was lucky enough to have one who was a true savior. To avoid Malefakis' class would be by far the most reasonable and humane act of ageism you're likely to commit in your life.

Jan 2000

Not the best lecturer, but he knows what he is talking about. He is going to retire in a year or so, and it shows. Don't expect him to dote on you. However, if you want to learn about Spain, take the class, and make sure to do the readings, for they are an effective, almost necessary, complement to the sometimes disorganized lectures. TA was a helpful, knowledgeable fellow. He deserved more credit than he got.

Jan 2000

All the other reviews of this course are right on the money. He's stdogy, largely disinterested, and has a gift for putting down his students ("that's a good question; we really can't get into that, though"). On a few rare occasions, he does get incredibly turned on by the material, and he becomes the best there is. Otherwise, bring a pillow.