Week of March 27 (Day class): Do the Right Thing

On Tuesday March 27, we’ll finish watching Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and discuss the film and the readings assigned for it. To prepare, read the following:

  • Pay particular attention to the excerpt from from Murray Forman’s book The ‘Hood Comes First: Race, Space, and Place in Rap and Hip Hop (Wesleyan University Press, 2002) on reading urban space, which is a PDF on the Readings page.
  • Then read this article from New York magazine (“The Tipping of Jefferson Avenue” ) on the intersection of race and Brooklyn gentrification.
  • Make a list of themes you see covered in the film
  • See my Do the Right Thing lecture notes on the lecture notes page
  • Continue preparing for the midterm, rescheduled for 3/29. See the outline in last week’s post

On Thursday, 3/29, we will have the rescheduled Midterm exam. Note that this is the last class before spring break, so do not miss it! Make-ups will not be offered.