March 28, 2014 1:10 pm -

Assistant Professor Carolyn Chernoff says this course will be “a lens into cultural conflict.”

As of yesterday, only three students had registered for The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media at Skidmore College, the Schenectady Daily Gazette reported. But Chernoff has high hopes for this summer class, which will consist of three two-and-a-half-hour sessions each week. “Miley Cyrus is a surprisingly complicated cultural moment,” she explained. “I created [the course] as a creative and rigorous way of looking at what’s relevant about sociology and sociology theory.”

The idea was born last summer, following Cyrus’s controversial performance at the MTV VMAs. This was “the twerk heard round the world”, Chernoff said. “All of a sudden, my students who claimed to be not that interested in Miley Cyrus had so much to say.” From there, Chernoff drafted a lecture for Skidmore’s Centre for Sex and Gender Relations, presented in January, titled The Rise and Fall of Miley Cyrus.

D.B. Hirsch
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