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Today Show, NY Post Cover CC Half-Block Class

‘Mean Girls’ Course Based in Antiquity

Admission staff and student interns dress in pink in support of the class.

A nine-day Half Block course titled Queen Bees, WannaBees, and Mean Girls has been featured on the TODAY Show and in the New York Post. The course, taught by Lisa Hughes in the Comparative Literature Department, explores the means and motives of women seeking authority and the actions they are willing to take in order to hold onto it. Hughes, a classics scholar, and her students note that "mean girls" is not a new phenomenon; it has been going on more than 3,000 years.

The students read Machiavelli's "The Prince"; other texts studied included Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," Margaret Atwood's "The Penelopiad," David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson's "Film Art," the poetry of Semonides of Amorgos and Sappho of Lesbos, and from Greek mythology, Ovid's Circe, Scylla, Arachne, and Athena.

The course title is taken from the Tina Fey movie, "Mean Girls," based on the 2002 novel "Queen Bees and Wannabes" by Rosalind Wiseman, parenting educator and creator of the Owning Up Curriculum, a program that teaches students and educators to take responsibility as bystanders, perpetrators, and victims of unethical behavior

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