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Burgess, Dana
Classics
Average Rating: 8.8
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Posted Sep. 14, 2005 at 5:15pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: High
Ancient Theatre

Overall Rating: 9.0

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I was planning to drop this class because I have never liked Ancient Theatre, but after the first day I knew I couldn't drop it. I was hooked by Dana's dynamic lecture style, and even though Ancient Greek plays aren't my favorite, this was one of the best classes I've ever taken. Dana was a hard grader and class discussion is at a very high level, but he is compassionate, and helped me make the transition from high school writing to college writing. I am so glad I took a class from him here.
Posted Sep. 14, 2005 at 10:41am
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: High
Women in Antiquity

Overall Rating: 8.0

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Dana is an awesome guy. He's so much fun when he's teaching and he really loves what he does. If you have him for core you're probably in for a treat during the first semester.

I highly reccommend him as a bouncy interesting, know-bunches-about-classics guy. If there is any way to get a class with this guy it'll give you an interesting perspect for a long time to come.
Posted May 30, 2005 at 6:25pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: Average
Latin 205 and 392, Greek 105 and 106

Overall Rating: 9.0

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Dana has an uncanny ability to work students as hard as they can possibly work given the class material without actually cracking. He is also (particularly in upper level Latin classes) very good at making students feel like they are making intelligent contributions. I wouldn't call the homework load high, but it is consistently challenging. He expects a lot from his students, but expects at least as much from himself. He is also endlessly entertaining, enthusiastic and knowledgable.
Taking a class from Professor Burgess should probably be a requirement for every Whitman student.
Posted May 14, 2005 at 1:02pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: High
Core

Overall Rating: 9.0

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The first paper I wrote in Core got ripped apart by Dana. But he does that so that you can get better. The best work I've ever done is for Burgess becasue he makes you want to work for it, and he helps you get there, too. Go meet with him to work on the classwork and you will improve amazingly. He expects committment, but he is sooo super excited about everything he teaches that it's infectuous. Some of my friends from Core and I still go back about once a semester and crash his current Core class just becasue we miss him so much. Being in class with him is truly an experience
Posted May 13, 2005 at 10:51pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: High
Too many to count

Overall Rating: 9.0

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Dana is one of the many reasons I am a Classics major. As many have said before, I would recommend any class he teaches regardless of the subject. I would take home ec. I would take basket weaving. I would take sex ed. Although the last would be disturbing albeit deeply amusing. He is so knowledgeable sometimes it is intimidating and his enthusiasm in things from Medea killing her children to grammar to diagramming sentences is infectious.

Also, as others have commented, Dana is great outside of class if you focus on the classwork. Depending on his mood, he doesn't like to stary much from the subject at hand. He is not a cuddly professor but that doesn't make him less appoachable. You just can't expect him to become your best friend.

On the other hand, sometimes Dana is very chatty and wants to know how you are sleeping and if you're taking your vitamins. But this behavior can by no means be expected every time. He has mood swings worse than a pregnant woman.

Having said all of this, I sound much more negative than I intend. Please don't let my friendly criticism deter you from taking a class from him. He grows on you and you won't regret it. He is a living example of what makes Whitman such a great college!
Posted April 20, 2005 at 9:15pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: Average
Core

Overall Rating: 9.0

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Amazing Core professor. By far one of the best professors on campus. He's a professor to take a class from regardless if you're interested in the subject.

He is easy to talk to outside of class, if the subject has to do with class. I have always found it difficult to talk to him about anything else. My personal answer to this Burgess operates on a different level than most people. He can be really harsh and critical, which in many ways is a good thing.

Posted Mar. 15, 2005 at 11:09am
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: Average
Ancient Theatre

Overall Rating: 9.0

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This is the hottest professor at Whitman. He looks great every day, and I just want to jump his bones. If you want to take a course from an attractive professor, this is the one! I drool!
Posted Feb. 12, 2005 at 1:08pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Hard
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: High
Women in Antiquity, Greek 105/106

Overall Rating: 8.0

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Why on earth am I the first person to review Dana? Weird.
Anyway, this man is truly incredible in every sense of the world. Both his intellect and his arrogance can be breathtaking, but he is not a professor to be missed.
Women in Antiquity is discussion-based; Greek is lecture-based, but students read all assignments aloud, and questions and comments are encouraged.
Academically speaking, Dana is fabulous--he's always prepared, his lectures are crystal-clear, and (this gets BIG points from me), when stumped, he always hunts down an answer and gets back to you. Personally, he can be grating--he has mood swings like none other--and he's very intimidating when he wants to be. He's approachable, though, and keeps special office hours just for his Greek students. Dana's standards are extremely high, and he assigns a lot of work--DON'T take one of his classes expecting an easy A. Just don't.
It is entirely possible to adore and loathe Dana at the same time. He is a prof you simply have to experience.