Friday, May 01, 2009

Karl Marx Meets Classic Rock Meets Early Liberation Theology

Still grading maniacally, so this humor lifted from my last class:

This is from a senior level Great Books course called Catholicism in Dialogue with the Modern World, and I set up the students to have a three-way debate on the state of the world as they see it, role-playing as Karl Marx, John Paul II, and Gustavo Gutierrez (OK, no liberation theology rants, please? I don't have time to moderate them right now.). After 45 minutes of discussing the nature of work, oppression, human dignity, change and revolution, and for what do we live, the student in charge of role-playing Karl Marx closed his remarks by turning to "Gutierrez" and intoning--

"And finally, in the immortal words of Kansas: Carry On, My Wayward Son. Thank you."

It's good to leave the professor laughing hysterically when she has 60 papers to grade.

Happy May Day and Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

5 comments:

Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

Thanks for the entertainment. I have sent this on to two teens I know who play in a band ;-)

Fr. Andrew said...

ROFL- and how appropriate for the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. That is a funny student.

I say "A+"

Dcn Scott Dodge said...

I agree with Fr Andrew. A+! I am neither a Marxist nor am I terribly sympathetic with various strands of liberation theology, but I do like a lot of what Gutierrez has to say. Anyway, the class sounds fascinating. I hope some of the papers are, too.

The Ironic Catholic said...

Dcn Scott: yeah, you said my pt of view. It is a fascinating class, actually.

Fr A: an A+ in the course remains to be seen :). But an A+ in humor for sure!

Kiwi--the teens suddenly think you're cool.

Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

Lol they already think I am cool. I do crazy things like going off to France and Spain to walk for nearly three months.... they like my slight(?) craziness ;-)