Two second-year Berkeley students, Preya Gill and her roommate Deborah Chang, had a brilliant idea when they found out the university accepts student-taught courses, reports the Fader. The duo initially bonded with each other over Ocean's music and decided to propose a course that explores his artistry called "Brain Like Berkeley." They described the course to the Fader as an "artistic history, upbringing, background, musical influences, artist identity, and the way he challenges dominant social concepts such as toxic-masculinity and gender politics."
They explained to the Fader, "We want to encourage a deep literary exploration of his artistry both in lyrics and through his visuals and live performances. We hope to provide a safe environment where students can discuss his poetry and music with sensitivity, creative respect, and open-mindedness."
Ocean's mother Katonya and his brother Ryan already expressed their support for the course.
Lucky UC Berkeley students will be able to sign up for "Brain Like Berkeley" on the school's website in August, according to the two women. For the rest of us, they "will consider live streaming options and posting our course material online to share with the world."