College Professor To Conduct Lecture About Kanye West's Breakdown And Mental Illness [VIDEO]By Anne Collins, UniversityHerald Reporter
Washington Unviersity Professor Jeffrey McCune used Kanye West's recent hospitalization as part of his course's final lecture on mental illness. The lecture was titled "Name One Genius That Ain't Crazy: Kanye West and the Politics of Self-Diagnosis."
The lecture looked into how someone like Kanye West can be labeled or considered both a "genius" and "crazy" at the same time. McCune said the lecture was not just about Kanye but also about the larger notion of crazy and how we utilize it.
McCune added that he wanted to give people permission to be enranged, upset, angry, frustrated and have moments where they break. He said that he wanted to give people permission to experience depression and those moments without being characterized as crazy or a deviant figure in the community. He said it is a reasonable behavior that must be addressed with love, compassion, care and generosity, The Grapevine reported.
After creating a lot of buzz during his Saint Pablo Tour, the controversial hip-hop artist spent time at the Los Angeles Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center last November. ABC 10 reported that West arrived late, performed only three songs and abruptly stopped his Sacramento show.
He burst out in numerous bizarre rants and walked off stage leaving many fans confused and angry. Kanye canceled his remaining tour dates and he was placed under observation after suffering from exhaustion and sleep deprivation.
Professor McCune's lecture will take place April 12 at 6 p.m at Washington University. The Politics of Kanye West course was created to discuss hip-hop culture and its impact on American society. The course will be held in three different lectures, will be free and open to the public.
McCune references West as a case study into topics such as manhood in the black community and the contribution of hip-hop to the world. He said he also wanted to tap into how Kanye contributed to fashion, music and to all types of aesthetics as a purpose of the course.