|Media interest in coffee class keeps percolating
RELEASED: March 24, 2005
DANVILLE, KYThe media's love affair with Centre College professor Beau Weston's class "Cafes and Public Life" shows no sign of abating.
The syndicated AP article about the course continues to appear across the country and around the world. The story has run on CNN.com and MTV.com as well as in newspapers in such far-flung locales as Azerbaijan and Shanghai.
On Tuesday, March 22, the Louisville Courier-Journal ran a lengthy feature entitled "A Cup of Fame," detailing the after-effects of the celebrity both the professor and students have encountered as a result of their connection to the class. That same day, Weston was interviewed live on J-WAVE, a pop music station in Tokyo.
To see the Courier-Journal story, click here.
Weston's class, which studied, among other things, the coffee industry, the effects of caffeine on cafe life, and the "third place" (not home, not work) created by cafes, is part of Centre College's unique CentreTerm during which students take non-traditional courses, study abroad or go on internships. The national recognition of the class follows on a similar sensation caused last year by professor David Hall's "Basketball as Religion" CentreTerm class, which Weston cites as "an inspiration for making my class as active as possible." Hall's class was featured in numerous local and regional newspapers, the Chronicle of Higher Education, on NPR's weekly sports show "It's Only a Game" and Paul Harvey's "News and Comment" show.
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