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Things We Saw Today: This Batman College Course Has us Wishing We Were Back in School

We're majoring in Batman with a minor in Robbinacal Studies.


Holy trapper keeper, Batman! This fall, the University of Baltimore will be offering a class called “The Evolution of Batman”. Where were these classes when we were in college?

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Steven Leyva, the instructor who designed the course, said “It’s an opportunity, really, just to look at how Batman, this almost 80-year old icon has really grown up with 20th century America. He has been there for all of these technological changes, for changes in mass media, for changes in pop culture. And in some ways, he’s a cultural touchstone that I think is worthy of deep academic study. And I think ultimately, just a fun place to practice critical thinking and critical writing.”

Better be careful, kids. Classes like these are a one way ticket to a career of writing about nerdery online. *shudder*

(via Nerdist, image: DC Comics)

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Chelsea Steiner
Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.

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