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Students learn history through 'Mad Men'

Christina Hendricks arrives at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on August 29, 2010. UPI/Lori Shepler
Christina Hendricks arrives at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on August 29, 2010. UPI/Lori Shepler | License Photo

EVANSTON, Ill., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Northwestern University in suburban Chicago said 16 students are learning about history through the lens of the AMC series "Mad Men."

Michael Allen, the history professor teaching the freshman seminar, said the students enrolled in "Consumerism and Social Change in Mad Men America, 1960-1963," are learning about topics including the beginnings of social reform movements by watching and analyzing the first season of the series about an advertising agency, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday.

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"It shows the way the 1950s and 1960s blend together and how they related to each other," Allen said of the series.

The professor said he will teach the seminar again next year "if the show maintains its high quality."

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