in reply to Promoting perl classes
I was just searching around my own alma mater last week, curious as to what the curriculum is like these days, and wondering if they had any Perl content. I didn't find any Perl. Looked like it was almost all Java. (They were starting that switch while I was in school, from C to Java for most courses. I considered myself lucky to get a little exposure to both.)
You might have some luck easing Perl into a broader course, rather than pushing for an entire Perl course. A few of the upper-level CS courses that I took allowed us to write the projects in whatever language we chose. I think that would be tough on a grader, but maybe the TA's liked a challenge. I remember doing a big group project in Perl. Another required class we had was "programming languages", in which they exposed us to prolog, lisp, etc. You'd have to highlight the unique and interesting points of the language.
I was first introduced to Perl in a free one-night class given by a fellow student. Do you have any type of student organization, linux user group, ACM chapter, etc., that would be interested in a free presentation? You could teach it yourself.
By the way, I'm curious what university you're at?Joe