Subject for conversation. Over the years, some celebrities have left a mark on their industry, which has inspired professors to introduce a course on their influence.
Taylor Swiftdiscography made an impression on Brittany Spanoswho later created a singing class at the Clive Davis Institute at New York University.
“This course proposes to break down both the attraction and the repulsion for Taylor Swift through close reading of her music and public performances as it relates to her own growth as an artist and celebrity,” the February 2022 course description reads.
The class discussed topics such as Swift’s music, entrepreneurship, longevity, and the mark her career has left on the industry. Spanos noted at the time that it was a “dream” to lead her favorite artist’s course.
“I hope to help them rethink how to interact with one of the biggest and sometimes divisive stars in the world, just like Professor Clive does. Jason King, Vivien Goldman as well as Joe Levy made for me when I took their courses,” she said. Diversity at the time, before adding that it was “such an honor” to share his expert perspective with the students.
Her former professor, King, also explained that bringing the course to life was “a no-brainer” for the department. “[Spanos is] a fan of Taylor, but she also understands how to present her in a cultural context and get students to think more deeply about her and her music through the prism of gender, feminism, race, class and other identity-related categories and that deeper thinking about what this program,” he shared with Diversity.
Later that year, Texas State University announced that they would begin a course in the spring of 2023 focusing on Harry Styles.
“I have always wanted to teach a history class that is interesting, but also captures the period that the students have lived through and connected to,” Associate Professor of Digital History. Dr. Louis Dean Valencia said NBC in July 2022. “By exploring the art, activism, consumerism and fandom around Harry Styles, I think we can get to some very relevant contemporary issues. I think it’s very important for young people to see what’s important to them reflected in their curriculum.”
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