Some of them are not exactly what I would call easy reading/learning (see: MIT’s Organic Chemistry program), but there are tons that sound really interesting.
For instance, take the following unit on ‘Whiteness and Hip Hop’ from an OpenCourseware Hip Hop class:
- Ross, Andrew. "Hip, and the Long Front of Color." In No Respect: Intellectuals and Popular Culture. New York: Routledge, 1989. Pp. 65-101.
- Eminem. The Slim Shady LP. 1999.
- Hoare, Ian. "Mighty, Mighty Spade and Whitey: Black Lyrics and Soul’s Interaction with White Culture." In The Soul Book. Edited by Ian Hoare. London: Methuen, 1975. Pp. 117-168.
- Black and White. 2000.
- Bullworth. 1998.
Within an American context, what are some of
the ways that white youth respond to hip hop? How is "whiteness"
embedded in the construction of hip hop? What are the particularly
American wages of racial segregation in terms of popular culture, and
especially hip hop?
Education should never, ever stop – regardless of how many years ago you graduated from college. I really appreciate the fact that the scholarly community makes it even easier for average joes to keep using their brain cells. Knowledge is power.