Go to Harvard, Study The Wire

Series focuses on different aspects of urban life
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2009 12:40 PM CST
David Simon, creator of the HBO series "The Wire," smiles after filming a scene in 2002 in Baltimore.   (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)
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(Newser) The Wire is about to get an Ivy League makeover. Harvard plans to offer a course on the HBO series about life in Baltimore's ghettos, the New York Post reports. The show "has done more to enhance our understanding of the challenges of urban life and the problems of urban inequality, more than any other media event or scholarly publication," said William J. Wilson, the well-known African-American history professor—and huge fan of The Wire—who will teach the class.

But the move isn't quite as ground-breaking as the show, notes the Post: Duke and Middlebury have also offered courses on the series.