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March 17th, 2010 by antonia in Uncategorized · No Comments

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More Extra Credit

March 16th, 2010 by antonia in Uncategorized · No Comments

This weekend, an event called “Left Forum” is happening in New York:
http://www.leftforum.org/
It is the largest gathering of the left in the US, with a large number of panels, workshops, film screenings etc. and drawing left celebrities as speakers (e.g. Jesse Jackson and Noam Chomsky).
Also, the Yes Men will be presenting there this year! (we will talk about them alter in the semester)

See the program here: http://www.leftforum.org/node/393
I encourage everyone interested in left politics to check it out! (If you volunteer two hours of your time you get in for free.)
If you attend a session or workshop, you are welcome to write about as an extra credit assignment for this class.

A few more events at BLUESTOCKINGS for extra credit:

Saturday, March 27th @ 7PM – $5 Suggested
Discussion: Marcelline Block “Feminist Gaze and Spectatorship”

Come of a panel discussion about the book “Situating the Feminist Gaze and Spectatorship in Postwar Cinema,” a scholarly collection of essays on feminist film theory and contemporary post-feminist media studies. Joining editor Marcelline Block on the panel will be: Izabela Kalinowska, Jeremi Szaniawski, Lisa DeTora, Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly, Amy Woodworth, and Elizabeth Gruber.

Monday, April 5th @ 7PM – $5 Suggested
Screening: “Haiti” (2010, 30 minutes)

Join Jocelyn Perry for a screening and discussion of “Haiti: The Struggle of Humanity,” in which she interviews children in a Haitian orphanage (built by her grandparents’ congregation) about their hopes for the future. Perry is a member of Middle Collegiate Church and has traveled to Iraq and Palestine/Israel with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT).

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For Wednesday and TO DO

March 15th, 2010 by antonia in Uncategorized · No Comments

Your midterm exam is posted below; also the pictures for question #2.

Please make sure you complete the readings marked “Banks Ch. 4” for Wednesday. Also, please read the following (short) articles on copyright and creative commons:
http://blogs.qc.cuny.edu/blogs/blogtutorials/2005/01/understanding_copyright.html
http://www.lib.umn.edu/copyright/fairuse.phtml

If you haven’t done so yet, please finish your blog entry about your final project idea. It should be 2+ paragraphs, describing your topic and your possible methodology in as much detail as possible. Please, also add the name of your collaborator, if you have one.
(Have a look at my comments to your earlier posts on the final project, maybe they will be helpful.)

One more TO DO:
I would like to change the way I communicate with you — away from relying on Blackboard (and the qc email addresses) by using the class blog and email addresses of your choice. For that, please do the following:
* sign in to the dashboard of your blog
* click on your name in the upper right corner
* under “contact info”, find your email address. If it’s not the one you would like me to use please change it. (wordpress will send a confirmation email to the new email address, so make sure to find that email and to click on the link listed there)
* stay signed in to your blog. go to our main class blog and add yourself as a user to the blog (see the link on the top of the left sidebar)
After all of you have signed on to the class blog, I will start sending emails through wordpress. Thank you!

Keep adding tags to your blog entries (including previous ones) and watch your tag cloud grow!

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Midterm Exam

March 15th, 2010 by antonia in Uncategorized · No Comments

Find the handout for the midterm exam here: Midterm Exam Soc 240 Spring 2010. Your responses are due on March 22; a hard copy at the beginning of class. The pictures for question #2 are posted below.

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Pictures for Midterm, question #2

March 15th, 2010 by antonia in Uncategorized · No Comments

Picture #1

Picture #2

 (click on the picture to view full size)

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Next week

March 11th, 2010 by antonia in Uncategorized · No Comments

Next week, we will continue talking about methodology and start a discussion on ethics and copyright. The readings for next week are posted here.

I will hand out the assignment for the midterm exam next Monday; you will have one week to hand in your response.

Make sure to update your blog with all missing entries, if you haven’t done so yet. I will grade your blogs next week for the first time.

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Mini Fieldwork Experience

March 3rd, 2010 by antonia in Uncategorized · No Comments

This in-class project is designed to give you a first, ‘low-key’ experience in the field and some practice with photo elicitation. It’s meant to be a playful experience where ‘trial and error’ may (and will) occur. So, stretch your creative muscles and have fun!

For this project, you will work in groups of two, assuming one of following roles:

– Dr. Researcher (introduces the topic, asks the participant questions, takes notes, leads the interview)

– Señor / Señora Participant (responds to questions, takes pictures, participates in photo-elicitation)

(If we have time we will do a second round and switch roles.)

First, sit down with your teammate and decide which role each of you will assume for the first round.

Second, imagine, you are part of a study on the quality of student life on Queens College campus. Together, pick one of the following topics to focus your research on:

– the quality of dining facilities on Queens College campus, or

– necessary improvements on Queens College campus.

Third, if you are Dr. Researcher, think about what it is you would like to find out. How would you introduce your topic to your participant in a few sentences? Also, write down a few open-ended questions you might want to ask your participant while walking with him/her on campus. Make sure you don’t just ask “where do you like to eat?” but to find out *why* your participants like or dislike a particular spot, or *why* they feel certain improvements should be made. (This is somewhat free time for Señor/Señora Participant but you should use it to think about where you want to take Dr. Researcher on campus, or prepare your round as a reseacher!)

Fourth, Dr. Researcher introduces his/her participant to the research topic and starts asking a few initial questions. The participant answers the questions — both verbally as well as visually by taking the researcher to places on campus, and emphasizing his/her points through pictures (taken either by the researcher or the participant). If you are the researcher don’t forget to take good field notes!

Fifth, come back to class. Sit down together and go over the pictures again, the researcher asking more (clarifying) questions and the participant explaining his point in more detail (this is called photo-elicitation…). Finish your fieldnotes.

Sixth, switch roles/topics and repeat this process for round 2, if we have the time.

Seventh, write a critical reflection of your experience, about both roles you assumed. Describe the fieldwork experience (topic and setting, questions that were asked, places that you visited, responses from the participant) and post two pictures from one of the rounds you participated in. Critically reflect on both roles — what did you like/didn’t like during the experience, and why? What was easy/hard, and why? What would you do different next time, or in your own research? — Be critical, about your own role and your teammate’s — we all know we are great but it’s candid advise that will help us get even better. 🙂

Please post your entries (2-3 paragraphs of text plus 2 pictures) by next Sunday, March 7, at noon on your blogs.

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Link of the week

March 1st, 2010 by antonia in Uncategorized · No Comments

Sociological Images — recommended by our own Stephanie Lee! Thanks Stephanie.

Have fun exploring.

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Extra Credit

March 1st, 2010 by antonia in Uncategorized · No Comments

In order to earn extra credit, write a one to two page reaction paper about the event (what was talked about? what interested you most? what did you learn? what questions do still you have? how did the event relate to our class?…) and post it on your blog no later than 10 days after the event.

 If you know of an event in Queens that is related to topics discussed in class, please let me know and I am happy to add it to this list.)

BLUESTOCKINGS
172 Allen Street @ Stanton (in the Lower East Side), Manhattan

Friday, March 5th @ 7PM – $5 Suggested
Presentation: Prometheus Radio “Participatory Community Media”
As media ownership is increasingly centralized, communities in Latin America have been turning to radio and are building local media projects to support campaigns resisting corporate globalization. Please join folks from Prometheus Radio Project and Palabra Radio and learn about participatory community media projects throughout the hemisphere.
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Saturday, March 6th @ 7PM – $5 Suggested
Presentation: Mark Anderson “Punk Politics Presently”
With Allison Wolfe from Bratmobile
A scene of outsiders no more, punk is now aligned with mainstream politics.
President Obama counts ‘punk rock performance poets’ as influences and Shepard Fairey provided the iconic imagery for the Obama campaign. Nonetheless, punks and the do-it-yourself crowd continue to provide grassroots tactics for building a pervasive social justice movement. Please join Mark Anderson (author of “Dance of Days” and co-founder of Positive Force DC) and Allison Wolfe (co-creator of “Girl Germs” zine and Riot Grrrl musician) for a presentation and discussion of the influence of punk on today’s political scene.
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BRECHT FORUM
451 West Street (between Bank & Bethune Streets), Manhattan

Wednesday March 3rd, 2010 7:30 PM
Slide Show & Discussion
The Struggle for Free Speech at CCNY 1931-42
Carol Smith & Others TBA
This power point presentation of police surveillance photographs, graphics, and cartoons    documents the rising tide of student and faculty activism at the City College of New York that was spawned by the Great Depression and the rise of fascism in Europe. The student protest and faculty union organizing brought repeated crackdowns by the administration. A legislative investigation ultimately resulted in the dismissal of over 50 City College of New York faculty and staff-the largest single political purge of academics in US history.
This presentation is based on a traveling exhibit which can be seen online at www.virtualny.cuny.edu. Click “The Struggle for Free Speech at CCNY.”
Carol Smith is a retired faculty member from CCNY.
Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15

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Handout for Final Project

February 27th, 2010 by antonia in Uncategorized · No Comments

Find the handout for the content and structure of your final projects here.

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