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"Madoff on Ethics" Actually Wouldn't Be the Silliest Course at Harvard

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So, it seems that Bernie Madoff told Charlie Gasparino of Fox Business that Harvard University asked for his input "to develop a course in business ethics."

Writes Gasparino:

The course, according to Madoff, will focus "around my experiences building my market making and Prop trading business and my role in NASDAQ and electronic trading. I have been approached by number of other business schools but have only committed to Harvard.”

Ridiculous as it may sound, "Bernie Madoff on Ethics" wouldn't really be the silliest course ever taught at Harvard.

A partial list:

Freshman Seminar 36l, “A Cultural History of the Banana

"Sex and Real Estate: Why We Love Houses"

"Jesus and the Easy Life"

"Hiphop and Don't Stop: 15 Years of Hiphop Scholarship"

Folklore and Mythology 106, “Witchcraft and Charm Magic

Harvard also has quite a collection of historical artifacts, available to students interested in furthering their studies of, say...111 year-old tortillas:

This tortilla made from corn in Mexico in 1897 was collected as a botanical specimen and is considered an example of "economic botany."

Obviously, Harvard doesn't have a lock on the "gut course."

To wit:

Occidental College: CTSJ-342-2064-The Phallus

Santa Clara University: ENVS 10: Joy of Garbage

Stanford: "Social Dances"

Notre Dame: "Tuesday Night at the Movies"

UC-Berkeley: "History of Landscaping"

As far as Harvard and Madoff are concerned, a Harvard Business School spokesman denied the entire affair to FBN, saying, "The entire matter is not true. The business school is not working with Bernard Madoff on anything."

Disappointed students may want to sit in on another course being offered up in Cambridge:

Freshman Seminar 30o, “What is College and What is It For?
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