Grunge, Freshmen and the Humanities: Students Explore Music Genre in Freshman Seminar

Professor Robert Newcomb
Professor Robert Newcomb

By UC Davis College of Letters & Science

Dust off your favorite flannel and Nirvana tee. Professor Robert Newcomb of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese has found a way to bring grunge – its music and culture – to UC Davis with his class, “Smells Like Teen Spirit: Grunge and the Seattle Sound.”

Grunge may not be played on mainstream radio stations anymore, but Newcomb said that when he taught the course for the first time in Spring 2015, he had “a sense that there was something in the air that might make this a course that would have some popularity and resonance.”

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