Harvard Joke about Jesus

“A fine teacher, but didn’t publish.” –Quoted by George Steiner, in Lessons of the Masters, p. 33. Steiner observes, “A cardinal definition of genius points, I believe, to the capacity to originate myths, to devise…

Students/1

We Know In that spring semester courseThere were 40 studentsThe official limit was 35But I let more in Before starting The Book of MevI asked“How many of youHave known someone— A family memberA friend, a…

Another Class Is Finished

Appreciation is the sacrament. —Allen Ginsberg Another class is finished…the autumn one entitled “Facing the Future: Resources for a Rebirth of Wonder” “Rebirth of wonder” comes from lines in a Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem— “I am…

Recent Classes

Bob Dylan Approximately [Summer 2019] The Essential Edward Said [Summer 2019] An Introduction to Simone Weil: Concentration Is Consecration [Spring 2019] Ram Dass and Be Here Now: American Sadhana and the Search for the Real…

At the End of the Semester

For friends in Spirituality of Service & Social Justice classes I want us to be freer I don’t want us to be in thrall to guilt I want us to let our light shine Why…

Lessons in Teaching by Erin

Erin recently started teaching as an adjunct professor at SLU, and gave me permission to share this.   Teaching has been a very humbling experience. There have been many times I have felt insecure about…

Reading List

After recent correspondence with Robert MacArthur, I went back to see the books we read when he took Social Justice with me in the fall of 2005. I must say–I am glad I assigned these! Riane…