Teaching 'The Kite Runner' at Penn State

Teaching 'The Kite Runner' at Penn State 1

Tim Foley for The Chronicle Review

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Tim Foley for The Chronicle Review

Only hours after the Penn State community had learned that its head football coach, Joe Paterno, and its president, Graham B. Spanier, had been fired in connection with a pedophilia scandal, I realized I had to teach. I couldn't spend any more time worrying about how the former football coach, Jerry Sandusky, had been charged with sexually abusing eight boys. I couldn't think any more about how he founded a charity (the Second Mile) for disadvantaged boys in 1977, and that it was through that