So you’re about to start a new semester and you’ve got your schedule all picked out. The next logical step is to head on over to Rate My Professor or your college’s Facebook to get the scoop on your professor. Will she be tough? Will he let you out early on Fridays? Only one way to find out…until you see that the class is being taught by none other than Kanye.
If you’re thinking it could never happen, think again. Kanye has been known to be a lecturer/guest professor at Harvard and Los Angeles Trade Technical College, and he’s one of many. Here are a few more celebs that have moonlighted as professors.
We all know him as the easily-identifiable drummer of Philly hip hop band The Roots, but some know him as Professor Q. ?uestlove taught a course called “Classic Albums” at the Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music at NYU, along with his co-professor Harry Weinger (you might know him from the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon band). It’s cool enough that the students got to learn about Led Zeppelin and Michael Jackson, but nothing is cooler than learning it from two legendary musicians.
NYU also saw a professorial stint from Spike Lee, who taught filmmaking course’s in the university’s highly reputable film program. If you’re about to graduate with a degree in film, you’re probably thrilled to listen to lectures from this iconic actor and director. Though his teaching career at NYU was more recent, he also taught at Harvard back in ’91.
We’ve all seen his films, but acting isn’t the only career field in which Franco makes the rounds. He’s taught at three universities to date: UCLA, NYU, and USC, thus far. His courses are mostly on writing screenplays and filmmaking. He also recently taught at the Columbia College of Hollywood: an editing course through which his students could write a biography on the actor himself. Considering he possesses five of his own college degrees, he’s a pretty trustworthy professor.
It’s no secret that Amal Clooney, a renowned human rights attorney, has a wealth of knowledge to share, and that she does. She’s given lectures on law at schools like Columbia Law, The New School, and UNC. Aspiring lawyers in the country’s top programs have a lot to learn from this highly successful attorney.
It would be hard not to sit in one of Oprah’s lectures and not expect to leave with a free car, but alas, she’s not just a talk show host. Oprah is a lover of education, as she demonstrated by opening the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Johannesburg, South Africa. She also co-professored a Dynamics of Leadership course at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University – a great surprise to her students, who thought her husband would be their only teacher.