A show for anyone interested in education. How much should “passion” dictate the path a student takes in their studies? Is Passion really enough? What about work ethic, logic, and pragmatics? Danny Anderson of Mount Aloysius College is joined by Todd Pedlar of Luther College and Nathan Gilmour of Emmanuel College to discuss a concerning trend in student psychology. Is “passion” merely a product of the College Admissions Industrial Complex and its resulting arms-race? Are there better terms we could use? All this and more on the latest Sectarian Review Podcast.
Genesis of the subject - What is “Passion-Driven Education”
A Brief History of “Passion”
Jane Austen and the Romantics
Is College a natural fit for Passion-Driven Education
Class issues, the “Selective College Arms Race,” and Cultural Capital
“Being Radical for Jesus” at the CCCU College
Passion at a “Jock School”
Perverting our passions
Curiosity trumps Passion
The roots of the college major
The pursuit of passion as a quest for “Authenticity”
When gifting and passion don’t match
Vocation as service to others, passion as quest for self
Why we read Plato, a soliloquy by Nathan Gilmour
The Bruderhof as a form of living in community
Is Reason pragmatic and instrumental or the grounds for a vision of the transcendent?
Service as antidote to Passion
A shout-out to one of Anderson’s students!
Physics as part of the human experience
The Luther College Mission Statement
How institutions push against our ideals
Twitter Questions Part II
Am I weird if I have no passion?
Calling as a marathon, not a sprint
The difference between Passion and Vocation: called, or nuts?
Doing a podcast for free (but if you want to give me money…)
Martin Luther on marriage
Gilmour gets BLEEPED!
Teaching Malamud and Kafka
“It’s all in Plato, it’s all in Plato”
Having a multitude of callings
Quote from Werner Heisenberg that Todd left out of the show but wanted to share, "[w]hat we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning"...
In this episode, the Sectarians talk about Dante's Inferno, but not in a conventional way. Imagine reading a poem about Hell while engaged in war. Joining the show for this episode is Neil Gussman, who led a reading group of American soldiers who were fighting in Iraq. What is it like reading Inferno in 130 degree heat? What does Dante have to say about war? How does the experience of reading the great work of Western Canon change when it is ripped from institutional education and placed in the battlefield? Also, contest announcement!
Danny and Jay Eldred bask in one of the show's most stimulating interviews yet. This time, prominent historian John Fea sits down for an illuminating discussion about the study of History, the role of the humanities in higher education, the disturbing popularity of Donald Trump among Evangelicals, and the possibilities of public scholarship. In addition, Fea (a New Jersey native) talks a little Springsteen with the boys.
Fea considers leaving evangelicalism Pt 1
Fea considers leaving evangelicalism Pt 2
Fea’s Patreon page
Fea’s Twitter feed