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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 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
    Episode 18 - Plato's Phaedo

    Episode 18 - Plato's Phaedo

    Andrew Zwerneman talks to Cana Academy master teacher Mary Frances Loughran about Plato's dialogues, with a special focus on Plato's Phaedo, the subject of Mary Frances' most recent teaching guide.

    • 50 min
    Episode 17 - The Great Gatsby

    Episode 17 - The Great Gatsby

    Cana Academy’s Jeannette DeCelles-Zwerneman has an interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby that is fresh and insightful. Here is Andrew Zwerneman’s conversation with her about this widely loved classic.

    • 49 min
    Episode 16 - Dante's Inferno

    Episode 16 - Dante's Inferno

    In preparation for the release of Cana Academy's upcoming guide, Leading a Seminar on Dante's Inferno, Andrew Zwerneman sits down with the author of that guide and Cana Academy's Director of Instruction, Jeannette DeCelles-Zwerneman. They discuss what makes the Inferno such a worthwhile classic to study with high-school students and some advice for teachers who might find this an intimidating text.

    • 44 min

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