IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: SERIAL (The Podcast)

Were you one of the people who got swept up in the popular SERIAL podcast? Did you not listen to it, but are interested in what all the hype was about? Check out politics professor Tom Shevory’s 1-credit course next semester on this hugely popular podcast!

serial-social-logoDescribe your seminar in one sentence. “We will be listening to and analyzing the highly acclaimed (and very addictive) podcast, SERIAL, about a Pakistani-American high school student convicted of killing his Korean-American girlfriend.”

Describe your classroom style in one sentence. “Relaxed, but serious.”

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? “Once you start digging under the surfaces, things can get very complicated, if not completely crazy, pretty quickly.”

What is one piece of advice you would give students? “You probably can’t avoid preconceptions, but you should try to keep them in check.”

Want to know more? “This is a new class, and, the first time I’ve drawn on a podcast as the primary source material for one.  I see it as a potentially interesting experiment. But, who knows? There’s always the possibility that it could be a complete flop. I hope some students are willing to take the risk.”

Check out the full list of seminars here and the whole list of spotlights here.