Black history month (with bonus points) TUESDAY, February 2, 2010 - HUB Ohio Room - 7:00 p.m. "BANISHED" ... "a documentary film about four U.S. cities, which were part of many communities that violently forced African American families to flee in post-reconstruction America. In incidents which took place in Texas, Missouri, Georgia and Indiana between 1886 and 1923" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banished_(film)).Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - Delaney Hall G-5 - 7:00 p.m. "FAUBOURG TREME: THe Untold Story of Black New Orleans"...a modern history book that perfectly captures the spirit and culure of Treme - one of New Orleans' gret neighborhoods.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - HUB Susquehanna Room - 7:00 p.m. SCARRED JUSTICE"...everyone remembers the four white students slain at Kent State University in 1970....most have never heard of the three black students killed in Orangeburg, South Carolina two years earlier. This stirring investigative documentary restores that bloody tragedy to the history of the Civil Rights Movement after years of official denial. Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - HUB Allegheny Room - 7:00 p.m. "HAVE YOU HEARD FROM JOHANNESBURG?"...6 stories spanning almost half a century that chronicle the history of a global movement that took on South Africa's apartheid regime. This was not just a political battle; it was economic, cultural, moral, and spiritual. Thousands died, but in the end apartheid was defeated because of non-violent pressures in a stunning victory celebrated around the world. Thursday February 25, 2010 - HUB Susquehanna Room - 7:00 p.m. "TRACES OF THE TRADE A Story from the Deep North"...a far-reaching personal documentary examination of the slave trade. The implications of the film are devasting
agenda Intro to Malcolm Gladwell Summary writing. In-class blogging Reading and Writing connection Tipping Point Introduction and Chapter 1 by Jackie and Kat Continue with finding your path in your social action projects Assignments
What we have worked on so far… Opening a blog account. Posting entries, commenting on entries. Fast writing, practice writing. Brainstorming practice Writing and discussing about social diversity in our lives. Brainstorming your social action research Forming Research Questions
Who is Malcolm Gladwell? British-born Canadian Journalist. Author and New Yorker Magazine journalist since 1996 His books: Gladwell, Malcolm (2000). The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Boston: Little, Brown. Gladwell, Malcolm (2005). Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Boston: Little, Brown. Gladwell, Malcolm (2008). What the dog saw. Website: http://www.gladwell.com/
Class discussion What does it mean to think of social change in epidemics term? How does the author describe the notion of “Tipping Point”? Where did this term come from? What examples does he provide in the introduction? What are his research questions? What are the three rules of epidemics?
SUMMARY WRITING Activity 13: Summarize introduction and Ch 1 in your own words.
SUMMARIZING APPROPRIATELY Recapping the major claims. It is used to support a line of argument in research writing. Should be clearly distinguished from your response to the material The summary should not change the core meaning. While reading, identify key words, phrases. Highlight important sentences.
A simple format… The author (full name) raises (name the issue) with (state the purpose); The author (last name or pronoun) argues that (state main claim) by observing that (state main reasons); The author (last name or pronoun)councludes (describe the conclusion and/or recommendations); and The author (last name) proposes (state significance or implications where appropriate)
Tipping point: Introduction Tipping Point: Dramatic movements, instant changes in epidemic when everything changes all at once Contagiousness, little causes can have big effects, change happens dramatically Examples: epidemics of crime: New York crime; epidemics of fashion: hush puppies See page 12 for the history of tipping. Where the term came from.
Tipping point: chapter 1 Health related epidemics: Syphilis example. Why did the sickness tip? How about AIDS? There are certain people that make epidemics of disease tip. Social epidemics: Hush Puppies The law of the few Stickiness Factor The power of context
Key elements of a research paper See Activity Seven page. 32
Developing your research questions One of the most effective ways to get started on your research is to think of your topic in terms of a question. Try to avoid yes/no questions. Try to come up with a series of questions that start with: who, what, where, how, when. e.g., How do young kinds learn reading and writing? Why are organic products more expensive than non-organic products? What type of implicit racism exist in schools today?
How can you make your topic manageable? Reflect on your social action research topic: -- What are your research questions? --How interested are you in your topic? Why do you think your topic is important? Think about social, cultural, political or economic significance of your topic to your larger community. --Who is your audience? --What sources are available regarding this topic? Journals? Books? Online resources? --What types of resources/data does your audience value? Numbers and statistics? Stories? Interviews? Case studies? Ethnographies?
assignments Read Tipping Point Chapter # 2 Read Writing at the University, Chapter 5 In-class blogging for Wednesday(feel free to blog earlier): What social epidemics can you think of that tipped during your childhood, teenage years and now? How do you think they tip? How do you think the epidemic example is relevant for other kinds of change that you see in your life?
The good, bad and ugly The good: academic publishing on the Internet The bad: time wasting on Internet searches The ugly: Internet hoaxes, scams and legends http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective/goodbadugly.html