Beyonce is more than a mom and international superstar – now she’s the center of a Rutgers University class.
As part of the college’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, doctoral student and lecturer, Kevin Allred currently teaches a course, “Politicizing Beyonce,” where the class examines the pop singer’s lyrics and videos in comparison to the writings of Alice Walker and Sojourner Truth.
“This isn’t a course about Beyonce’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend,” Allred explained via the school’s news site. “She certainly pushes boundaries. While other artists are simply releasing music, she’s creating a grand narrative around her life, her career, and her persona.”
Allred decided to bring the lecture to light when he often found his class talking about whether or not Beyonce is a role model for today’s youth.
“It’s important to shift students away from simply being consumers of media toward thinking more critically about what they’re engaging on a regular basis,” Allred added. “When students don’t respond to theory or dense readings, it’s often easier to see things play out in the world around them.”
What do you think about this? Would you enroll in a class that analyzes Beyonce’s work?