Monday, 23 April 2012

5 Questions to the Professor

After some riveting and insightful question and answers from the Professors, I am sad to say that this will be the last instalment.  This last entry comes, very appropriately, Antii Marjanen, who recently held seminars for the second cycle in Helsinki... Enjoy!

Before you read in haste, I would like to extend our thanks to all the Professors who took part in these five questions.  Hopefully it will pose help for those new students perusing what the course offers and for us oldies who may use these to scout for the most suitable candidate to answer any tricky questions!

1. Please state your name,age, university and connection to the RREprogram
Antti Marjanen, University of Helsinki, Local Coordinator and Teacher of the RRE Program in Helsinki

2. What is your area of expertise? and which courses do you teach in the
My area of expertise: New Testament, Early Christianity (especially Gnosticism and Montanism), Women in the New Testament and Early Christian Communities and Texts

I teach in the RRE Program:

Interaction between the religions: The role of women in religious communities and texts: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Greek, Coptic and Hebrew

I also supervise Master's theses (incl. Thesis colloquium, methodology and theory) of the RRE students in Helsinki

3. How do you find the this way of teaching, which is not regular
university courses but also not distance learning?
Stimulating and challenging but also pretty demanding. To give feedback in a written form on AULA demands more time and thought than to do it orally in a Compact Seminar when I am face to face with students. So I must confess that I always look forward to meeting the students in a compact seminar after having discussed with them only through AULA.

4. What do you expect from your students?
Clarity of expression, readiness to work and courage to look for and test new questions, ideas, and perspectives.

5. If you could have any superhuman power, what would it be and why?
It would be actually sufficient for me to get some additional human powers which would enable me to increase tolerance and understanding between human beings.

Thank you Antti!

Here are a couple of pictures from the newly held RREcompact seminar for the 3.cycle, in Helsinki, Finland (Will upload some more picture later)

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