Vermont college 'pop up course' will discuss Kavanaugh allegations, 'hook up culture'

Grace Gottschling
Investigative Reporter

  • Green Mountain College in Vermont will offer a two-week course in which students will discuss the sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
  • Students will also discuss "hook up" culture and how it may encourage sexual assault.
  • Green Mountain College in Vermont is offering a "pop up course" on Judge Brett Kavanaugh and “hook up” culture in which students will discuss sexual assault allegations in politics.

    The course, which is entitled “Brett Kavanaugh: ‘Boys Will Be Boys,’” is worth half a credit and will run for two weeks, ending October 12. Students in the course will be asked to compare and evaluate the current political climate with past instances of sexual assault allegations in politics, such as those made against former President Bill Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

    “[The course] will look at the landscape surrounding sexual assault and misconduct claims across these key moments in history and compare it to what we are seeing right now."   

    [RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Class canceled, students excused for Kavanaugh accusers 'moment of silence']

    “[The course] will look at the landscape surrounding sexual assault and misconduct claims across these key moments in history and compare it to what we are seeing right now,” according to the university announcement.

    Students will be discussing: “What cues or information do we use when evaluating the integrity of accusers? How do we evaluate the memories of survivors of sexual violence and those who may have been intoxicated? And if it is true that Brett Kavanaugh committed this alleged assault as a minor, should it affect his current bid for a seat on the Supreme Court?”

    [RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Emails show Yale profs cancel class for Kavanaugh hearing]

    “We will also take a close look at campus culture,” the announcement continues. “While some argue that ‘hook up culture’ is empowering, might it actually encourage sexual assault? Now is your chance to tackle these and related questions and create the space to have important, but difficult conversations.”

    The course is not listed in the college’s academic catalog and it is unclear who will be teaching the pop-up course.

    Green Mountain College did not respond to a request for comment from Campus Reform. The article will be updated if and when the university responds.

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    Grace Gottschling

    Grace Gottschling

    Investigative Reporter

    Grace Gottschling is the Investigative Reporter for Campus Reform. She is a recent graduate of The College of New Jersey and has experience traveling across the country to engage and train others in pro-life apologetics. Grace manages research and Freedom of Information Act records requests for Campus Reform.

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