Bringing a new meaning to “higher education”
Diego Maradona shared a letter from Harvard University on his Facebook account, inviting him to speak to a class called “The Global Game: Soccer, Politics and Popular Culture.” It appears to be genuine. And if his “Nice to go to Harvard” comment is any indication, he seems interested in doing .
The letter was written by Mariano Siskind, chair of the department of romance languages and literatures. It reads:
Dear Mr. Maradona,
We would like to invite you to give a talk at Harvard University in the context of the course “ROM-STD 109: The Global Game. Soccer, Politics and Popular Culture”, which is being offered during the Spring semester of 2017. Your presence at Harvard would constitute a formidable opportunity for our students and for the entire academic community to learn about the life and feats of the best player in history, and will serve as the most perfect supplement to our lectures on the history, sociology and aesthetics of soccer.
We hope to be able to arrange a date for your visit between mid-February and late April, but we are open to considering other dates if you are busy over the next three months.
We look forward to your visit, and if you need any additional information or documentation, please do not hesitate to let us know.
Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature
Chair, Department of Romances Languages and Literatures
So what can the academic community at Harvard look forward to hearing in a talk from Maradona? Here are some potential topics:
- Lionel Messi is both a gift from heaven and massively overrated
- Pele is a delusional old fart
- Cocaine: Does anyone here have some?
- The divine intervention of hands
- Mauro Icardi is a traitor and he will pay for what he did to Maxi Lopez
- Speaking of paying—taxes are stupid
- How to get invited to speak at Harvard even after being filmed allegedly committing domestic violence
A blond-streaked Maradona previously spoke at the University of Oxford in 1995, two years before he retired from football. Here’s video from that surreal occasion: