Shopping period is almost over, which means its time for BergeMash! This semester, T-Pain, Fergie, 50 Cent, Beyoncé, Kid Cudi, Sean Kingston, and Ludacris will be trading the limelight for the highlighter and hitting the classroom to spit some knowledge. These musical stars will flash their intellectual bling across nearly every department, so you will surely find a class that fits your academic track.
1. INTL0450—In Da Club: Why Turkey is so eager to join the EU
Professor 50 Cent will guide students on a multidisciplinary inquiry into Turkey’s repeated bids to join the EU. What does Turkey want most from EU membership? Political allies? Increased economic opportunity? A bottle full of “bub”? These and other questions will be addressed through a combination of readings and class discussions.
2. POLS1600—Wild’n Cuz I’m Yung: How Rand Paul threatens the GOP establishment
While Ron Paul is by all accounts old, his son Rand is shaking up the Republican Party. Rand’s libertarian beliefs are forcing many establishment Republicans to shift right or risk being labeled as not conservative enough. At the same time, Rand’s views occasionally align him with liberal policies; on the subject of legalized marijuana, he famously said to Bill O’Reilly, “You can catch me high, it’s all good, no biggie.” This seminar will trace Rand Paul’s rise to prominence and what he means for the future of the GOP.
Historically, Blog has followed up the first few weeks of the semester with a riveting game of BergeMash. What is BergeMash, you might ask? Named after Brown’s beloved (albeit former) Dean of the College, BergeMash fuses Dean Katherine Bergeron’s musical and academic interests into an amusing and intellectually stimulating game. The task is simple: Open up your iTunes (or Spotify or Blogify). Pick a song. Take the title, add a colon to the end, and turn it into a Brown class offered by a specific department.
Brown has recently been graced with the presence of a new Dean of the College, Maud Mandel, and her Judaic interests don’t exactly translate into a game about the American musical canon. For the sake of tradition, the name of this game will probably not change to MaudMash or MandelMash, despite its alliterative appeal. But the game can be played with a new spin: BergeMash has never been altered for RISD courses…until now. Enter MaedaMash, named after RISD’s former president John Maeda who quickly left his post last year for a swanky position at the Silicon Valley firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Apparently the former Prez inspired a trend called Intelligent Dance Music back in the day, and so we play this round with a glass raised to you, Maeda:
- INDUSTRIAL DESIGN 3220 — Bugatti: Interface Design for the Modern Automobile
- LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE 1670 — Hard to Live in the City: Urban Planning for the 99%
- TEXTILES 2350 — Furr: The Pleasures and Terrors of Plush Materials
- FILM/ANIMATION/VIDEO 1932 — Life in Technicolor: Cinema after the Advent of Color Film
- PRINTMAKING 1962 — Marilyn: Silkscreening American Icons after Warhol
- PAINTING 1660 — Neon Trees: Painting En Plein Air
- HISTORY OF ART AND VISUAL CULTURE 2370 — Rich Girl: Exploring Peggy Guggenheim‘s Collection
The ultimate collaboration
Earlier this week, Miley Cyrus released her new album Bangerz, likely filled with controversy and a million other “-isms” that frustrated students and middle-aged mothers alike were ready deconstruct. Although the lyrics of Miley’s recent hit “We Can’t Stop” seem to reflect emotions tied to “kiss[ing] who we want,” “shaking it like we at a strip club,” and “trying to get a line in the bathroom,” we all know what she’s really discussing: the temptation of playing another round of BlogDH’s favorite game, BergeMash. Sure, you probably thought this tradition was leaving with the beloved KBerge, but you thought wrong. Miley’s Bangerz is begging to be BergeMashed, and we simply couldn’t resist. Continue Reading
As we lament the impending departure of our favorite administrator, Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron (otherwise known as KBerge), we’ve naturally taken it upon ourselves to make BlogDH a Berge shrine of sorts. Not that Blog isn’t already a shrine to the legend… but we’re making this semester The Semester of the Berge. Think large hoop earrings, amazing superhero-like capes, and lots and lots of singing.
While we ask you to stay tuned for other KBerge-filled fun that we have in the pipeline, we’d be honored if you would play one last round of BergeMash with us before our majesty leaves the Hill for New London, Connecticut. We all enjoyed our inaugural game of BergeMash back in fall 2012, and in celebration of KBerge’s last semester on campus, we’re making this the best game of BergeMash the world’s ever seen. Enter BergeMash 2.0.
For those of you new to BergeMash, the essential questions and answers:
What’s BergeMash? Named after Brown’s beloved Dean of the College, BergeMash perfectly combines Dean Bergeron’s musical and academic interests in a hilariously fun and mentally stimulating game.
How do I play? The task is simple. Open up your iTunes. Pick a song. Take the title, add a colon to the end, and turn it into a Brown class offered by a specific department.
The BlogDH Brain Trust has been working diligently to make some of the best BergeMash creations. Ready… set… go.