I just found out that Dannu Hütwohl, my Classics instructor from a few summers ago, is going to be teaching his last class at Ohio State during Spring Semester. He will be moving back to New Mexico afterwards, which is his home state. He has gotten his PhD here, and it’s time for him to move on. Ohio’s loss, New Mexico’s gain.
He’s a really terrific teacher! Even though I’m opting to take the class online, I’m sure it will still be stimulating. This is the review I gave him on the ratemyprofessors.com site (https://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=2401308), for the class I had taken from him, which was Intro to Classical Lit. That class had a focus on death in antiquity:
Engaging, energetic, enthusiastic, and well-informed presentations, employing not only the classical texts, but materials outside the box, like videos of a hip-hop artist, a modern great leader’s funeral procession, and a contemporary re-imagining, plus a solid foundation of the classical literature itself. Dannu makes you want to keep learning!
The class he will be giving starting in January is an honors class on Love in Ancient Literature. We’ll be reading Plato’s Symposium and also this book about Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.
There will be other readings as well. I’ll be getting the syllabus in a couple of weeks.
Exciting! I look forward to January 11th, when the class begins! 🙂