Professor | Chicago Reader


The secret dream of most academics is to accrue enough prestige and grant money that they'll never have to teach again, but Jay Holstein, professor of religious studies at the University of Iowa, happily foregoes research and publication in favor of a double teaching load. The subject of this excellent new documentary by Chicago filmmaker Daniel Kraus (Sheriff), Holstein is irascible, extroverted, and eccentric to say the least: a foul-mouthed rabbi with a shaved head who wears T-shirts and shorts to work; a gun-happy animal rights advocate; a bellowing classroom bully and beloved classroom clown. For all his idiosyncrasies, Holstein and his gargantuan shtick provide an object lesson in how the medieval lecture format can still be made to work in our multimedia age.



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