Imagine learning that your child was required to strip naked in class and perform in an “erotic” manner in order to pass a college course. For the mother of a young woman attending the University of California San Diego (UCSD), that shocking scenario became a reality that understandably outraged her. And it turned out that the final exam in the visual arts course at UCSD not only found the students nude in the candle-lit classroom, but their professor was also baring it all.
The New York Daily News reports that the upper-level course is an elective that the professor — who is also reportedly a political activist — has been teaching this way for 11 years.
“The class description on the Department of Visual Arts website says: ‘Using autobiography, dream, confession, fantasy or other means to invent one’s self in a new way, or to evoke the variety of selves in our imagination, the course experiments with and explores the rich possibilities available to the contemporary artist in his or her own persona.'”
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One might find that course description a fairly fancy way to justify getting naked supposedly for the sake of higher learning. That was basically the feeling of the mother of one student who expressed her shock and dismay to San Diego TV station KGTV. You can watch the ABC10 news report by clicking on the video above.
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