There is a new program, a new subject for study and teaching, at Princeton University, that should gladden the hearts of diversity, equity, and inclusivity devotees everywhere. It stretches the boundaries and pushes the envelope. Who could object? Well, you could, and I could.
Princeton, according to the latest list compiled by U.S. News and World Report, is ranked #1 among American universities. Think of that. #1.
And Princeton, no doubt hoping to solidify its status as #1, has just announced a new program that will train students in the Art of the Drag. Robert Spencer wrote about this here, and there is more here: “New ‘Drag University’ program at Princeton to fund students’ budding drag careers,” by Logan Dubil, The College Fix, September
A new “Drag University” program launched at Princeton University will train students in the “artform.”
The program is offered through the school’s Gender + Sexuality Resource Center and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students interested in the world of drag, according to the center’s Instagram page.
Throughout the 2023-24 school year, enrolled participants will cover an array of topics, including the history of drag, “Sewing 101,” choreography, face painting, photoshoots and other topics, according to the program’s registration form.
The form was updated this week to note: “At this time we have reached our capacity for our scholarships, but you are more than welcome to attend our workshops.”
Prior to its update, the form stated the first six enrollees who attend the Sept. 19 orientation and commit to the program will receive scholarships to fully cover the cost of supplies, according to a copy screenshot by The College Fix.
Sessions will be taught by local drag performers, on campus partners who know their way around machines, and other students,” states an Instagram post advertising the program.
Princeton’s Gender + Sexuality Resource Center website does not currently list further details.
According to Drag University’s registration form, the new program is “housed under the mentorship pillar of the Gender + Sexuality Resource Center.”
“This year long program will teach about the history of drag, as well as the art form of drag. Sessions will be taught by local drag performers, on campus partners who know their way around machines, and other students,” it adds.
Princeton University’s media affairs division as well as administrators with its Gender + Sexuality Resource Center did not respond to The College Fix’s requests for comment. The Gender + Sexuality Resource Center also did not respond to a message on Instagram.
The College Fix sought information about the program, including the number of students enrolled and what pool of money is being used to fund the scholarships….
I don’t know. I have my doubts. Perhaps being cis rather than trans has made me too judgmental. Good god, now I am using the word “judgmental.” Must watch that. I still find strange the new meaning given to that innocent word “gay.” So sue me. But when so many American undergraduates, including those at Princeton — #1 in the land, don’t forget — need to put more effort into learning to properly express themselves, I wonder if this Drag University is not a diversion from the task at hand.