DOLLY PARTON INSPIRES COLLEGE HISTORY COURSE
Written by Warren Ellison on April 18, 2017
Dolly Parton is now the subject of a college course. The University of Tennessee in Knoxville is now offering a honors history class all about the iconic singer and proud Tennessee native. According to the course description, “Dolly’s America: From Sevierville to the World” is a history honors class aimed at helping students learn “how to analyze materials [and] put them into their historical and social context,” through the lens of Parton’s life and how “a ‘hillbilly’ girl from Appalachia grew up to become an international one-word sensation.” At the end of the class, students will have to write a 10-page paper answering the question “What was Dolly Parton’s America?” The idea for the Dolly’s America course came after its professor, Dr. Lynn Sacco, saw Parton speak at a UT graduation ceremony, during which the country star was given an honorary doctorate degree.