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.