December 6, 2006

Event Report Guidelines

Here, again, are the guidelines for event reports:

a. Describe the event in general terms: what was its purpose, what was its intended audience, what was its format?

b. How did the event address themes from this course? What exactly was it trying to resist, or combat, or eradicate? (Note: I don’t want a one word answer here. I want as precise a description as you can give of the point of the event.)

c. What questions did the event address?

d. What concepts or ideas were central to the event? What do you think they meant?

e. What main points came up in the discussion afterward – either at the event or informally? (Note: there should always be some discussion component to any event you use for this course. If there is not a formal discussion period, make an opportunity to talk about the event with someone whose opinion you value.)

f. What surprised you about this event? In particular, are there ways it seemed to fall short of its purpose, or of what it ideally could have accomplished?

g. What new ideas did you have because of this event?

December 4, 2006

Final Project Standards and Reports

For information about evaluation standards for final projects, check here: Download file

For guidelines for movie reports -- as possible alternatives to event reports -- check here: Download file

For guideslines for event reports: Download file

November 30, 2006

November 30: Handout on Project Introduction

Here's the handout from today's class: Download file

November 20, 2006

Final Writing Assignment

Here are the details of your final writing project: Download file

November 18, 2006

Course News for Tuesday, November 21

Notes for the class on Tuesday, November 21: Download file

October 28, 2006

Reading for Tuesday, October 31

Please read carefully Lawrence Blum's article, "Anti-racism, Multi-culturalism, and Interracial Community" in Heldke and O'Connor, pages 564 - 582.

October 17, 2006

Writing Assignment 2 - Moral Predicaments and Opportunities

Please read carefully the instructions for writing assignment 2: Download file

October 13, 2006

Reading, Watching, and Writing for October 17

Please read over these notes carefully for course information: Download file

Check the blog frequently for further updates.

October 7, 2006

Reading for Tuesday, October 10

Please look at "Oppression" by Marilyn Frye and "Inequality and Difference" by Michael Kimmel. Also, recheck this blog over the next couple of days. I am trying to pull together the threads from the first third of the course, and I hope to have some notes on that up soon. These two pieces address some of the conceptual puzzles around the notion of oppression ("Since everyone is limited and hurt in some way some times, is there any force to moral talk about oppression as a distinct kind of evil?") and about the question of how the recognition of difference relates to the judgment of inequality.

October 2, 2006

Three extensions of moral condemnations - for Thursday, October 5

This is the reading assignment for Thursday: Download file

September 26, 2006

Notes for Thursday

Please check this file for miscellanious notes on reading and writing issues for Thursday, September 28: Download file

September 23, 2006

Writing Assignment 1 -- A Question

For your first writing assignment, formulate and explain a quesiton connected to our discussion of oppression. Do another version of that question as a 5X7 visual piece. There is no reading assignment for Tuesday, though you should make sure you are caught up with the reading so far. The assignment: Download file

September 19, 2006

Notes for Tuesday, September 19

Please look at these notes in preparation for the Thursday class Download file

Sandra Bartky, "On Psychological Oppression" -- reading notes

Here are the notes on Bartky's piece: Download file

September 16, 2006

Iris Young notes

Our second reading in this course is a chapter from the late Iris Young's book, Justice and the Politics of Difference (Princeton, 1990). The reading notes: Download file