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The Simpsons go to college

Simpsons News — Posted 08 Dec, 2005 by DisgruntledGoat

Many parents and educators alike once abhorred "The Simpsons" for encouraging the underachiever lifestyle, but one Chicago lecturer has turned it into coursework. And other academics now profess that the longest-running sitcom in television history is a fantastic teaching tool.

Even the city is getting behind America's most popular dysfunctional family. On Wednesday night, Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Columbia will present a one-night event, "The Simpsons: Cultural Criticism and America's Favorite TV Family," which will gather faculty from Columbia, Northwestern University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, to discuss the show's social commentary and take on philosophy and politics.

Could a PhD'oh! be that far behind?

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