Harrison White opened up class by declaring that his mission was for his students to see the social/cultural world in non-deterministic and multi-faceted ways. He described the social sciences as a type of "walnut", where we must learn to "lick" the "correct delineated wrinkles" (These are ACTUAL notes). So upon even first impressions, we knew that, in fact, this guy's a *nut*.
The nature of the class was entirely seminar-based. The syllabus was never followed. And we only had to read his extremely cryptic book called "Creation and Careers in Art Worlds." Basically, if one has to put it lightly, the class was based on rationalizing his whacky theories. The nature of our discussions ranged from Mickey Mouse, Gay Sex Clubs, Gallery Worlds, Indie Music, etc. etc., but all discussed in a *roundabout* way, which ultimately pointed to the nature of his own written works.
Still, while we had this in mind, none of us really knew what the class was about. It was COMPLETE CHAOS. But also really fun.