[Sahl] ghostwrote screenplays, wrote “additional dialogue.” The past two years, he’s taught at Claremont McKenna College, in Southern California: “Two classes: ‘The Revolutionary’s Handbook’ and ‘Screenwriting.’ They wanted screenwriting. It’s all a facade; I really talk about the same thing. I try to bring them a fresh perspective to those stones unturned about American history.” He joked about the student body “running around with an Apple under their arm and an i-Phone in their hand, not understanding they’re carrying the instruments of divisiveness.” He won’t be returning this fall. “Two years is enough. Claremont’s too isolated. I’ve had a call from the University of Chicago, another from UCLA. Time to move on, do something else.”
CMC should be honored to have Mort Sahl on campus. To borrow from Hillary Clinton's book title, he is truly living history. More important than his speechwriting for Kennedy was his invovlement in Jim Garrison's investigation of JFK's assasintation. By helping in that effort, he was doing something truly revolutionary. I don't buy all of the conspiracy theories that he presents to the class-- but he isn't expecting that of us. He's is opening the eyes of blissful, optimistic government students who think that democracy (especially American democracy) is always good and for the people...and all that mushy stuff that de Tocqueville and Publius hold so dear. He is instilling doubt in his students...and making sure that they question society and their government.
The comedian-turned-professor was brought in by the Gould Center to teach interdisciplinary courses, covering such topics as classic films, jazz music, JFK’s assasination, and the social-political revolution of the 1960s. During his time in Claremont, Sahl was frequently spotted at Collins dining hall and Pomona’s Coop Fountain. Students at his new appointments will surely benefit from Sahl’s wit, observations, and life experience. [Emphasis mine]
He is one of the worst, if not worst, professors I have ever had. He rambles about something completely unrelated to the topic (Screenwriting), and then yells at the class for not reading the textbook. In fact, most of us HAVE read it, he simply does not discuss it - just like he has spent less than 2% of class time teaching us to write screenwriti[sic] [Emphasis mine.]