What So Proudly We Hail

Making American citizens through literature

November 29, 2012
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What So Proudly We Hail is an educational resource about what it means to be an American, inspired by the anthology of the same title. Through a series of online conversations about classic American texts, award-winning teacher-scholars Amy A. Kass and Leon R. Kass seek to educate both hearts and minds about American ideals, American identity and national character, and the virtues and aspirations of our civic life.

As any reader knows, good books do not teach themselves. Informed by their three decades of teaching experience at the University of Chicago, Amy and Leon Kass believe that the best way to learn is through a conversation—one grounded in a rich and engaging text, and guided by experienced and wisdom-seeking teachers.

Through video discussions and in-depth study guides,
What So Proudly We Hail seeks to recreate the experience of a seminar classroom. Listen and learn as the Kasses discuss some of the greatest works of American literature with noted commentators David Brooks (on Mark Twain) and Yuval Levin (on Nathaniel Hawthorne) and scholars Eliot Cohen (on Michael Shaara) and Wilfred McClay (on Herman Melville), among others. These 45-minute conversations help to illuminate and clarify the questions raised in the anthology—augmenting a general education or refreshing an education now forgotten.

What So Proudly We Hail is also ideal for reading and discussion groups. Each text is introduced with observations and questions to promote more active reading and to help direct deeper conversations. Their discussion guides include useful background materials as well as a series of thematically arranged questions for thinking about the story and for thinking with the story about larger American themes.

Get started today with their ten-part curriculum,
The Meaning of America. What So Proudly We Hail is the next best thing to gaining a coveted seat in one of the Kasses' University of Chicago seminars.

Visit the website http://www.whatsoproudlywehail.org/.
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