Kahane hopes his lessons will connect with his audience in a very personal way.
That’s why he brought principles adapted from Zen Buddhism into the lecture hall. Large undergraduate sessions in particular can be alienating for students, he says. In the age of the iPod, a professor has to find creative strategies for engaging his audience.
Kahane’s class may begin with meditation, transition to a discussion about fair-trade coffee and end with a period of free writing.
Although not every student feels comfortable with the unorthodox approach, there’s always a waiting list to get into one of Kahane’s courses.