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ERIC Number: EJ808910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug-15
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Harold and Kumar Go to the Ivy League
Oppenheimer, Mark
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n49 pB10 Aug 2008
For having achieved a mild cult status after doing the movie "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," lead actors John Cho and Kal Penn deserve their fame, their million-dollar paychecks, and their groupies. Do they deserve Ivy League teaching jobs? This spring Penn (whose real name is Kalpen Modi) taught a large lecture class, "Images of Asian Americans in the Media," at the University of Pennsylvania. By most accounts, the class was a success--serious, engaging, and well attended. There's no question that Penn lacks the normal qualifications for teaching at an elite research university. This article examines the credibility of celebrity professors and the trend among Ivy League universities in hiring them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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