I’ve taught at colleges and universities in the US and overseas, including The American University, the University of Maryland, University of Lesotho, and University of Mugla. Most recently at East Carolina University, I was on the faculty of the Medieval & Renaissance Studies Department. I organize medieval festivals and feasts and perform at universities, salons, and festivals. My CD, Pretz e Paratge, investigates the effect of the Albigensian Crusade on Occitan culture in prose and song.
Course Title: Occitania—A Forgotten Brilliance (Winter Term 2023)
She had amazing knowledge of the subject, and a clear passion for Occitania as well. She was completely prepared for all sessions and able to elaborate on any topic or answer any questions.
Extremely knowledgeable and her enthusiasm is contagious!
Course Title: The Beginnings of Civilization: Did We Get It Wrong? (Winter Term 2022)
I did learn a good deal about selected ancient civilizations, and I enjoyed that the focus of the class was different than I had expected.
I would say this course exceeded expectations. Plenty of interesting material, and well-presented.
Course Title: Esclarmonde de Foix - Medieval Resistance Fighter (Winter Term 2021)
She's an expert. Rai is an excellent teacher who loves this subject!
Rai's course was absolutely wonderful! Rai's experience as a seasoned instructor was reflected in every class.
Course Title: In the Time of the Troubadours (Fall Term 2018)
Rai is very knowledgeable and was able to give me a new perspective on the Middle Ages in Occitania. Her preparation was superb and her weekly class summaries were much appreciated. The fact that she personally sang some of the Troubadour songs was quite special.
I didn't know what to expect, but it was utterly fascinating. The material touched on all sorts of things I knew and didn't know.
Course Title: Times and Traditions of the Troubadours (Spring Term 2017)
Rai is a passionate and articulate scholar. It was a real treat to be exposed to her expertise.
Rai's beautiful singing with the chance to hear distinctions in the Troubadours' voices and formats! This was such a wonderful opportunity - Osher at its best!