Thursday, March 31, 2011

Teaching Law Through Popular Culture

This post from the MinnLawyer Blog  made me wonder how popular culture can be used in the classroom.  The post discusses Fordham University's upcoming two-day conference about the music and influence of Bob Dylan. 

“The event will focus on the legal issues discussed in Dylan’s music and lyrics and the influence his art has had on society and legal practitioners today....The Hibbing native and former University of Minnesota student is the most frequently cited musician by legal writers.  His cannon abounds with themes of social justice, racism, intolerance and war.  Dylan croons of hanging judges, innocent men sentenced to jail and civil rights with a poet’s ear for language.”

How do you use popular culture in your classroom to help your students grasp and learn legal concepts?


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