How Homer Simpson Can Enrich Philosophy Class

Saint Mary's College Professor Paul Giurlanda was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article about integrating pop culture into the curriculum of religion and philosophy courses.

The approach goes back to the 1960s, says Giurlanda, chair of religious studies at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. "Except then it was Simon and Garfunkel," he says. "The drawback? It's easy to get youth culture wrong. I can remember several student retreats where 'hip' high school teachers at Catholic schools were playing 'Sounds of Silence' and not realizing that the students were so past that song. If you're going to ride this wave, you'd better be on top of it, and not a little bit behind it."

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