Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Father Schall on film.

Having recovered from the jaw cancer that temporarily sidelined him last year, the celebrated and legendary Georgetown government professor Father James V. Schall, S.J. has returned to teaching. In the short film presented above, you can see Father Schall in action in the classroom and listen as he speaks with interviewer Mark Judge about such topics as Pope Benedict's Regensburg Lecture, the relationship between reason and revelation, the importance of reading the classics, and the real value of education.

As I've noted before, many Georgetown alumni over the last three decades have been proud to say that they "majored in Schall" - that is, that they took as many courses taught by Father Schall as they possibly could. Father Schall was certainly one of the greatest teachers I've ever had, not simply on account of the lessons he imparted in the classroom but because of the way he lived his life: more than anything else, it was the example of Jesuits I knew precisely as teachers, Father Schall among them, that led me to enter the Society of Jesus. Seeing this one-eyed 82-year-old as he is today - still vigorous despite a recent battle with cancer, still teaching and writing - I feel glad that the newest generation of Hoyas still has the opportunity to learn from him and gain inspiration from his example. Ad multos annos! AMDG.


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