For Thursday April 2: Read pages 107-213 (end of book) in Bodega Dreams.
We’ll start with a presentation by Elijah, Breonna, and Pretiva.
To guide your reading, think about the following things:
Now for the fun part. I’m switching up the film I usually show and have boiled the numerous possible candidates down to a few finalists and I’m kicking the decision to you to vote for the one you want to see. What I’m looking for is something that shows NYC neighborhoods (or at least a neighborhood) with several outdoor shots, intersects with at least some of the themes we’ve seen, is in the time period we’re looking at but old enough to show a NYC that’s probably unfamiliar, and, honestly, I have or can get my hands on easily. It’s a quasi-scientific process with a heavy does of gut instinct. So here are the options: Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and Walter Hill’s The Warriors. I was also going for something that’s not too dark or depressing.
Here are trailers for both films, courtesy of YouTube. After that, make your choice with the poll below! One vote each (and current students only, please). The poll will close next Wednesday before class.
Announcement: Aura Rodriguez from our class is involved with the following play that will be performed at Lehman next week. Details follow if you want something to do on-campus before spring break.
“Price of Silence the Lehman born global theatre collective, which brings to life the struggle for women’s rights around the world for audiences to live and breathe activism, is returning to Lehman, April 1st and 2nd at 8 pm in the Lovinger Theatre. We are using theatre as a means of enculturation, to empower a new culture through experience, and education because our common humanity depends on it. I would like to notify all my fellow students about “Blurred Lines of Justice,” our amazingly powerful performance based on real life narratives about women struggling for justice against impossible odds, juxtaposed to modern rape culture and misogyny. As a Lehman student, being a part of this movement and this show that brings to the stage real stories of real people around the world has helped me become empowered to use my education, to join the fight against violence against women and make lasting social change. I encourage you all to join together and recognize the power of a collective influence in shaping the culture we live in. Break the Silence for your own reasons, for women all over the world, for the children that rise from them, for justice and for an end to violence in all forms.”
Details are at their website.