University of South Carolina to Offer Course About Lady Gaga

The University of South Carolina will offer a course centered on the life of Lady Gaga next year. The course, titled The Sociology of Fame, introduces students to a sociological analysis of selected social issues related to the work of the pop icon. 

“Within the framework of the sociology of popular culture and music, this course specifically focuses on socially relevant elements in the rise of Lady Gaga’s popularity to her current status as a burgeoning pop music icon,” says Mathieu Deflem, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology who designed and will teach the course. According to the Deflem’s syllabus the central objective of this course is to “unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga with respect to her music, videos, fashion, and other artistic endeavors, with special attention for the role of: business and marketing strategies; the role of the old and new media; fans and live concerts; gay culture; religious and political themes; sex and sexuality; and the cities of New York and Hollywood.”

The course will start in 2011 and it will include a blog by Dr. Deflem, who says he has attended some 30 Lady Gaga concerts. The professor was born in Belgium and has completed extensive research projects including papers on international policing and internet technology.

Joe Biden to Speak at Univ of SC Library Dedication

Vice President Joe Biden will speak at a special event to dedicate the University of South Carolina’s Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, the university announced. The ceremony will take place on Friday and a number of other dignitaries and elected officials, including Sen. Hollings and U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, will be featured.

The Hollings library, which is connected to the Thomas Cooper Library by a glass-enclosed walkway on the main level, was completed in June. In addition to the S.C. Political Collections, the $18 million, 50,000-square-foot facility will house the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and Digital Collections.

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