Learn how to engage students with transformative texts. Watch videos of impassioned teacher-scholars on how they make texts accessible and engaging, how they encourage students to reflect on civic responsibilities, and the motivations they bring to reinvigorating the role of the humanities in general education.
Professor JP Messina of Purdue University describes how he teaches Charles Dickens' Hard Times with Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations and Theory of Moral Sentiments.
Professor Melanie Hill of Rutgers University-Newark describes how she teaches Toni Morrison’s Beloved with the help of music.
Fannie Bialek of Washington University in St. Louis describes how she teaches Plato's Allegory of the Cave with James Baldwin's 1963 'A Talk to Teachers.'
Professor Swati Srivastava, assistant professor of political science at Purdue University, describes how she teaches George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984.
Matthew Pinsker, Professor of History & Pohanka Chair in American Civil War History at Dickinson College, on how he teaches Lincoln's First Inaugural.
Lerone Martin on how he teaches Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Alumni from Knowledge for Freedom (KFF) programs speak about the texts that challenged, excited and remained with them from their high school summers.
Andrew Delbanco, President of the Teagle Foundation, on how he teaches Herman Melville's Bartleby, the Scrivener.
Elizabeth Samet on how she teaches Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Roosevelt Montás discusses his new book, Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation.
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