The class is officially called “Dance Music and Nightlife Culture in New York City,” and seeks to answer the great question of life: “why do we go out at night?” If I had to venture a guess, I’d say it’s probably because school and work keep us inside and miserable all day. Yes, students actually get credits for taking this class. But that’s not all.
Students taking the class will get to travel down to the city that never sleeps and get their hands dirty researching the subject – and by research I mean they’re gonna go clubbing. Their classroom will also be graced by guest DJs and nightclub experts like Simonez Wolf and Michael Musto.
Professor and doctoral candidate Madison Moore assures that it’s not all house music and ecstasy-popping goodness:
“It’s not just about getting drunk. It’s about the history of it, the Harlem cabarets, understanding race, gender, sex, Prohibition and the law…I always describe Yale as being pretty traditional on one hand, but pretty progressive on the other. The iPad generation wants to know about pop culture.”
He’s totally right. I’m guilty of taking a class called “Television in American Culture” – to this day one of my all-time favorite classes. I’ve spent the last 10 years of my life navigating the streets the big apple, so I think it’s safe to say I’m an expert in this subject. Where do I sign up?