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Dr. Paul Lakeland discusses his religious and professional backgrounds and interests, including his time spent as a Jesuit and his original aversion to teaching. He also speaks about the importance of both liking the job you have and of making teaching be less about the teacher and more about the students. He mentions that his biggest influence was his high school literature teacher who taught him how to succeed as a student and that he has learned far more from his friends and colleagues than he ever had from his teachers.

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Playing Time: 12:50 minutes

Interview Date: circa 2010-2011

About the Interviewee: Dr. Paul Lakeland received his Licentiate in Philosophy from Heythrop Pontifical Athenaeum, his M.A. in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, his Bachelor of Divinity from the University of London and his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He is currently the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of Fairfield's Center for Catholic Studies. He is a former chairperson of the Religious Studies Department and a former director of the Honors Program. Dr. Lakeland’s research interests include the roles of the laity in the Catholic Church, the papacy, religion and literature and the relations between religious commitment and progressive politics. He is the prolific author of numerous scholarly articles and 9 books including Liberation of the Laity, Catholicism at the Crossroads, and A Council That Will Never End.

About the Interviewer: Dr. Alfred Benney is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and taught courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include “how people learn”; “the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning”; and “myth as explanatory narrative”. He has published work on teaching with technology.

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