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University offers new course in 'Dolly's America'


Working 9 to 5 isn't a chore for some students at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

A new course, "Dolly Parton's America: From Sevierville to the World," teaches Appalachian history by focusing on the life and times of the 71-year-old country music legend and Tennessee native.

Parton has already given a well-manicured thumbs-up to the thesis seminar for history honors students. "From the girl voted in High School 'least likely to suceeed' this sure is a blessing!" she said on Twitter.

The student workload includes reading Parton's 1994 memoir, "Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business," as well as watching the 1960s sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies" and the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries "Roots." Another grueling assignment: "Coal Miner's Daughter," the 1980 biopic that earned Cissy Spacek an Academy Award for her portrayal of country icon Loretta Lynn.

Best. Homework. Ever.

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