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Smithsonian teams up with Stan Lee to offer free online course

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Our nation’s largest and most important cultural museum is teaming up with one of the world’s greatest pop-culture creators for a free online course. Comic book icon Stan Lee and the Smithsonian are teaming together as part of the new EdX nonprofit online learning initiative.

Lee’s course will be called “Rise of the Superheroes and Their Impact on Pop Culture” and registration is currently open. The course is part of a trio of courses focused on American history. The courses are designed to be appropriate for students and educators of all ages, so sign up your whole household.

“It’s a great honor being invited to share my views on the evolution of superheroes and the genre’s overall impact across all generations of people,” said Stan Lee. “Throughout my career, characters have evolved so much – from drawings on a page to other-worldly special effects only animation could produce, to live-action and so much more. I can’t wait to dive into these discussions thanks to Smithsonian and edX.”

“The launch of SmithsonianX on edX is one way that the Smithsonian is sharing its collections and scholarship with a global audience,” said Jacqueline Moen, Vice President of SmithsonianX. “This initial portfolio of courses with Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will offer new perspectives on understanding the American experience.”

Will you get your geek on and tune in to professor Stan Lee?