There's a Dolly Parton course headed to the University of Tennessee
This article originally appeared in SouthernLiving by Meghan Overdeep.
Brush off your finest rhinestone jumpsuit and tease that hair, because a course on the one and only Dolly Parton is coming to the University of Tennessee.
The class—which goes by the name “Dolly’s America”— is available to history honors students. According to the university’s website, the course provides a “look at how a ‘hillbilly’ girl from Appalachia grew up to become an international one-word sensation.
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Dolly’s book, Dolly: My Life, will be required reading, in addition to other books about Appalachia, including Hillbilly and Dear Appalachia. Important pieces of popular culture like The Beverly Hillbillies, Roots, Saturday Night Fever, and Coal Miner’s Daughter will also be discussed. At the end of the class, each student will be asked to write a 10-page paper answering the question: “What was Dolly Parton’s America?”
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The professor behind the ground-breaking class, Lynn Sacco, tells WBIR that the idea for the new course came to her when she saw Dolly speak at a UT graduation ceremony several years ago.
“They gave her an honorary degree,” recalls Sacco. “And tears streamed down as she said she was voted the least likely to succeed at her high school, then took the bus the next day and headed to Nashville.”
“I don’t think there could be a better goodwill ambassador for Tennessee,” she adds.