TTh 3:00-4:15 p.m., Shingleton Hall 8

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Town Hall Meeting Assignment #2: DUE MARCH 3 at the start of class

CHOOSING ONE ISSUE AND TAKING SIDES
Issue, solution, news articles, interest groups, and course concepts


RESEARCH REQUIRED:
  • Find two more news articles (different from the articles from Assignment #1)  focused on the specific issue you have identified within the broader topic from the approved sources list.
  • Choose at least two interest groups addressing your issue from opposing perspectives.
  • Apply two course concepts not used in assignment #1


Write a brief paper, approximately 3-pages, that draws from the research from assignment #1 and the research required for assignment #2.  Include in your paper the elements listed below:

  • Issue: State and discuss the issue you have identified. You may have revised this since Assignment #1.  
  • Interest Groups: List the name and website addresses of at least two interest groups with opposing solutions or perspectives on the issue you have identified.  Write a sentence or two about each group’s mission and their approach to your issue.  
  • Solution or Perspective: State which interest group proposes a solution or perspective you support.  Summarize that solution or perspective.  Summarize the action this group has taken to solve this issue or raise awareness of the issue.  Can you think of a solution or perspective that can help further their mission (you do not have to come up with something completely original. You may find good ideas in the news articles or proposed by a different interest group)? Be as specific as possible, and state why you think your solution or perspective is possible and desirable.
  • Arguments for your solution or perspective (at least two): Cite news articles from this and the first assignment as well as information from interest groups and class meetings to present and explain the strongest arguments that support your proposed solution or perspective.
  • Against your policy solution (at least two): Cite news articles from this and the first assignment as well as information from interest groups and class readings to present and explain the strongest arguments against your proposed solution or perspective.
  • Course Concept Analysis: Present a brief discussion that relates at least two new course concepts (different from Assignment # 1) to the information from the news articles and interest groups. The more you analytically relate the course concepts to the information about your policy topic from the news articles, interest groups and class readings, the better your grade is likely to be.
  • References: Include a reference list of all of the sources you cite in your paper at the end of your paper

WRETCHED OF THE EARTH Assignment for Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

We have discussed the ways that foreign invaders can distort descriptions of other cultures that they view through their own cultural lenses. We also know that, as readers, we must be careful not to distort our perceptions of other cultures through our own cultural lenses. In today's selection from The Wretched of the Earth, most of the chapter entitled "On National Culture," Frantz Fanon pushes this learning one step further by advocating for a national literature and, more, "a poetry of revolt" (226).

Assignment: In a two- to three-paragraph comment to this post, answer this prompt: Explain what Fanon means when he advocates for a “poetry of revolt.” Why is literature important to a liberation struggle? How does Keita Fodeba's play, "African Dawn," exemplify Fanon’s idea? Cite both the play and the selection from Fanon's book in support of your claim. Use standard English. Include your name. Your comment may respond to previous comments as long as it otherwise fulfills these assignment criteria. Citation includes in-text citation and a list of Works Cited. See the citation link on this blog for instructions. This assignment counts as one participation grade and is due by 1:00 p.m. on 2/25/16.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Town Hall Assignment #1

Town Hall Meeting Assignment #1
From Topic to Issue
News articles, course concepts, stakeholders/interest groups, issue and solution
Due Date:  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16th AT 5PM


You have your Town Hall topic (i.e. healthcare). Now you need to narrow down that topic to a specific issue related to that topic (i.e. equal access to health insurance) by reading articles related to your topic. Each paper should include the following:


Identification of  Topic: __________________________


Topic Assignments (you should know yours): Gun Control, Human Trafficking, Immigration/Refugees, Homelessness, Higher Education--Is it worth it?; Food--GMO, organic, industrial, or local


Articles: Find four articles from approved news sources addressing that topic and provide the following information for each article:

  1. Full citation for the article following MLA format.
  2. 1-2 sentence summary of the article, identifying who, what, why, when, and where. Cite all quotes and paraphrases.
  3. Discuss one course concept or approach that relates to these articles.  Present the concept, its definition from class material, and its source in the class material. Cite all quotes and paraphrases.
  4. Write a 1-2 sentence explanation of how the course concept or approach relates to the news articles. The more you analytically relate the course concepts to the information about topics in the news articles, the better your grade is likely to be. Cite all quotes and paraphrases.
  5. Stakeholders or interest groups: List the people, groups, or organizations discussed in the articles that are involved with your topic. Identify who they are and their specific perspective or interest in the issue. Indicate which article mentions each stakeholder or interest group.
  6. Issue:  in 1-2 sentences, use information from your articles and class readings to identify a single issue (i.e. equal access to healthcare) related to your topic (healthcare) that you think should be addressed. For example, something government is doing or not doing, or some situation the government should address. One or more issues problems will probably be discussed in your articles.
  7. Proposed Solution: in 1-2 sentences, use information from your articles and class material to identify a single solution to address the issue you have identified (i.e. Obamacare). One or more solutions will probably be discussed in your articles. Focus on an actual solution that an organization, lawmaker, administrator, court or other governmental officials or branch could attempt to enact or implement. Something government or grassroots organizations can do. For instance, your solution should be something that is possible and desirable. You do not have to come up with something completely original. You may find good ideas for solutions in the news articles.