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Join us for conversations with the experts. Every episode will focus on a classic: an imaginative or expository text that was a standout in its time and one that exhibits enduring worth.

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Join us for conversations with the experts. Every episode will focus on a classic: an imaginative or expository text that was a standout in its time and one that exhibits enduring worth.

    Episode 24 - Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Episode 24 - Fyodor Dostoevsky

    In honor of the bicentennial of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s birth, Andrew Zwerneman and Professor Gary Morson of Northwestern University discuss all things concerning the great author of Russian literature. The conversation covers Dostoevsky’s biography, his great literary feats, and how to teach his best works.

    • 1 hr
    Episode 23 - The Brothers Karamazov

    Episode 23 - The Brothers Karamazov

    Following the recent publication of her new guide to teaching Fyodor Dostoevsky's masterpiece, The Brothers Karamazov, Jeannette DeCelles-Zwerneman talks to Andrew Zwerneman about her new guide, what issues the novel raises, and how to teach this classic to high-schoolers.

    • 55 min
    Episode 22 - Plato's Republic

    Episode 22 - Plato's Republic

    The perfect accompaniment to Jeannette DeCelles-Zwerneman’s latest guide, Leading a Seminar on Plato’s Republic, this episode features an interview with the author herself. She and Cana Academy President, Andrew Zwerneman, cover some of the background to the writing of the Republic and discuss why this is an excellent text to study with high-schoolers.

    • 39 min
    Episode 21 - A Tale of Two Cities

    Episode 21 - A Tale of Two Cities

    Cana Academy Director of Writing and Master Teacher, Mary Frances Loughran, has recently written an insightful and useful guide to leading a seminar on Charles Dickens' classic of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities. In this episode, hear who her favorite characters are, including her unique take on the oft-underrated Lucie Manette. To learn more about the guide Leading a Seminar on Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, please visit https://www.canaacademy.org/shop/leading-a-seminar-on-charles-dickens-a-tale-of-two-cities

    • 55 min
    Episode 20 - 11 Benefits of the Seminar Method

    Episode 20 - 11 Benefits of the Seminar Method

    Andrew Zwerneman strongly believes that the seminar method is the best way to conduct an education in the humanities. In this episode, he discusses 11 reasons why this is true.

    • 15 min
    Episode 19 - Locke's Second Treatise of Government

    Episode 19 - Locke's Second Treatise of Government

    In this episode, Andrew Zwerneman sits down with Cana Academy master teacher Jeannette DeCelles-Zwerneman to discuss the subject of her most recent teaching guide, Leading a Seminar on Locke’s Second Treatise of Government.

    • 47 min

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