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American life requires citizens who know who they are as Americans, who are knowledgably attached to their country and communities, and who possess the character—the attitudes, sensibilities, and virtues—necessary for robust civic participation. The Meaning of America—led by acclaimed teachers Amy A. Kass and Leon R. Kass—seeks to help form such citizens, using the soul-shaping possibilities of American short stories, political speeches, and patriotic songs.
Having taught college-age students for over three decades at the University of Chicago, Amy and Leon Kass are masters of the seminar style. Their classes offer robust discussion centered on a close reading of a text. Through free online model seminars and in-depth study guides, the Kasses, along with a guest host and their co-editor Diana Schaub, bring their unique and engaging teaching style to the Web. The Meaning of America is the next best thing to gaining a coveted seat in one of the Kasses’ University of Chicago seminars.
Listen and learn as they discuss some of the greatest works of American literature with noted commentators David Brooks (on Mark Twain) and William Kristol (on Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.) and scholars Eliot Cohen (on Michael Shaara) and Wilfred McClay (on Herman Melville), among others.
Calling all 2011 NCSS annual conference-goers: Leon and Amy Kass, editors ofWSPWH, will be leading a seminar on the use of imaginative literature for civic education.
The seminar, “Making Citizens Through Literature: A New Approach to Civic Education,” will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on December 3, 2011from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Amy and Leon Kass will introduce NCSS…Continue
Posted on November 2, 2011 at 2:38pm