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From Greeks to Geeks Video

From Greeks to Geeks Video

About three weeks ago, Michael Ortner (Cana Academy's Chairman of the Board) delivered this talk at the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education's National Catholic Classical Schools Conference on July 25, 2018. We previously published the text of the talk; but now we are pleased to share with you the official video from the event. Enjoy!

On History & Education: An Interview with Victor Davis Hanson, Part 3

On History & Education: An Interview with Victor Davis Hanson, Part 3

I think it's really important that we have a generation that are starting to read. We look at the English language and it's really becoming something that's almost Neanderthal. It's just that we're training a young generation that has a vocabulary of about 800 words. Can't we expand that to 4,000? A thesaurus could expand that vocabulary, and it would help you enrich your argument. So I think that's very important. The other thing is that we're really starving for people that have reference. We suffer from the arrogance of the present.

On History & Education: An Interview with Victor Davis Hanson, Part 2

On History & Education: An Interview with Victor Davis Hanson, Part 2

A continuation of Andrew Zwerneman’s conversation with renowned historian Victor Davis Hanson, originally recorded as part of our Sources series on history and culture. You can read the first part of the interview here. What follows is part two of three.

On History & Education: An Interview with Victor Davis Hanson, Part 1

On History & Education: An Interview with Victor Davis Hanson, Part 1

This past February, Cana Academy’s Andrew Zwerneman sat down with renowned historian Victor Davis Hanson and conducted an hour-long interview, recorded as part of our Sources series on history and culture. Recently, we transcribed the interview and thought that our readers would find the text of interest. What follows is part one of three.

Christian Influences on the American Founding: An Interview with Mark David Hall

Christian Influences on the American Founding: An Interview with Mark David Hall

Mark David Hall is Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics and Faculty Fellow in the William Penn Honors Program at George Fox University. He recently sat down with Kyler Schubkegel to discuss the Christian influences on the American Founding.

Tolkien’s Poetic Imagination Beyond the Great War

Tolkien’s Poetic Imagination Beyond the Great War

Animated by his faith, Tolkien saw and developed in his work a vision of reality that was the antithesis of nihilistic, one that was abundant in truth, beauty and goodness, and which carried the possibility of a redemption that transcended even the human catastrophe of trench warfare.

Science, Resurrection & History: Reflections on Classical Education

Science, Resurrection & History: Reflections on Classical Education

Father James V. Schall, S.J., taught political philosophy at Georgetown University for more than five decades. He continues to be one of our nation’s most prolific writers on life’s most important questions. In 2012 he retired from university life and now lives in the Jesuit community in Los Gatos, California. This year he turned ninety. Cana Academy is grateful and honored that Father Schall agreed to an interview with our president, Andrew Zwerneman.  

The Lost Purpose of Learning: An Interview with Joseph Clair

The Lost Purpose of Learning: An Interview with Joseph Clair

Dr. Joseph Clair serves as Director of the William Penn Honors Program and Associate Dean for the Liberal Arts at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Kyler Schubkegel, a current student in the William Penn Honors Program, had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Clair about his recent book On Education, Formation, Citizenship and the Lost Purpose of Learning (Bloomsbury, 2018). That interview is excerpted below.

The Testament of Chartres

The Testament of Chartres

No human achievement better displays the truth and beauty that mark the faith and reason of the West than the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres, France. Located some 60 miles southwest of its sister cathedral of the same name and dedication in Paris—also a gem in its own right—Chartres can be visited and explored over and over again with no fear of exhausting its riches. What makes this place so special?

Great Hearts, Great Story: An Interview with Daniel Scoggin

Great Hearts, Great Story: An Interview with Daniel Scoggin

Daniel Scoggin is a co-founder of Great Hearts Academies and has served initially as the organization’s CEO when it launched and grew in Arizona and now as its director of national growth as the mission expands to other states. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, the Great Hearts network includes 28 schools in Arizona and Texas, serving over 15,000 students. It is without challenge the most successful organization of charter schools in the country. Quite remarkably, the Great Hearts mission is classical. Cana Academy’s president, Andrew Zwerneman, recently had the opportunity to engage Dan Scoggin in an interview for Open City.