Kanye West Is Being Used as a College Case Study for Mental Illness

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 25:  Kanye West performs at Jeezy Presents TM101: 10 Year Anniversary Concert at The Fox Theatre on July 25, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)

Kanye West Is Being Used as a College Case Study for Mental Illness

The lecture will discuss how society uses the word "crazy."

Published April 11, 2017

Musicians have inspired college coursework for ages now. Artists such as Michael JacksonBeyoncéJay ZPrinceTupac and more have all been woven into courses and lectures in the past, and frankly, are all classes we'd love to take.

Most recently, Kanye West has been given the academic treatment, with a professor at Washington University in Saint Louis introducing a class based on the politics of the rapper. According to a new report, the course's final lecture is turning 'Ye into a case study for mental illness.

As reported, Dr. Jeffrey McCune is addressing how society views artists, specifically West, as both a "genius" and as "crazy" simultaneously.

The title of the lecture, "Name One Genius That Ain't Crazy: Kanye West and the Politics of Self-Diagnosis," will be detailing exactly how the "crazy" label is one that society determines, as well as touches on how race places a factor in that as well.

“Ultimately what I’m getting at in this lecture is not just about Kanye, it’s also about the larger notion of crazy and how we utilize it,” McCune explained.

During a conversation with Hypebeast, the professor detailed his intentions behind the lecture.

"I want to give people permission to be enraged," McCune said. "Give people permission to be upset, to be angry, to be frustrated. Give people permission to have moments where they break. Give people permission to have moments where they experience depression. I want to give them permission to have those moments without being characterized as being some type of deviant figure in the community. I don’t want to take away that experience and call it crazy. It’s reasonable, and it must be addressed with love, compassion, care, generosity."

The lecture will take place on April 12 at 6 p.m. at Washington University and is free and open to the public.

Written by KC Orcutt

(Photo: Prince Williams/WireImage)


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