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The Buzz on How to Win a Beauty Pageant

February 19, 2014

Communications Staff

The comparative American studies course How to Win a Beauty Pageant: Race, Gender, Culture, and U.S. National Identity was recently recognized on the popular pop culture website BuzzFeed for the second time in the past six months; the first mention was a BuzzFeed list that came out in August, which also included an Oberlin ExCo course.The class, taught by Afia Ofori-Mensa, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and a visiting assistant professor, was also one of 26 nationwide featured on an episode of the popular video blog Mental Floss—at about 3:06—that has gotten over a million views on YouTube since it was first posted in November.

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