Week of May 8: (Night class) Assata conclusion

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Announcements

  • The last written assignment of the semester is due Tuesday May 8. See the assignments page if you’ve misplaced your copy of the instruction sheet.
  • For anyone interested, I’m teaching Intro to Africana Studies (AAS 166) in the fall on Wednesday nights from 6-8:40 PM. Section XW81. Search by my name or the course/section in CUNYFirst. It satisfies the “World Cultures and Global Issues” core requirement and is a gateway to a major (or minor) in Africana Studies.

Also take a look at a general guide I’ve written up for final exams: “Zen and the Art of Finals” (PDF).

This week we finish our last book of the semester, the autobiography of Assata Shakur. For Tuesday May 8, read chapters 13-16 (pages 195-240) in Assata.

Pay close attention to the following:

  • Poems: Again, what do they add to the narrative? What insight do they give you about Assata’s inner thoughts?
  • What spaces/ neighborhoods does she move through? Note them and how each of them either shapes the story and what it means to Assata.
  • Keep track of major themes that emerge in the story as you read. It’s a good idea to mark examples of them in the text and make a small note in your notebook.
  • Finally, go back through your notes and start making a list of all the themes that we’ve seen this semester. It will be a good start to preparing for the final.

For Thursday May 10 finish Assata: pages 241-end of book (chapters 17-Postscript). Be sure to read the Postscript with her reflections on Havana! (Skip ahead if you must.) Again, make sure to pay attention to the various poems she includes in the story on pages 240 (“Current Events”), 259 (“To My Daughter Kakuya”), and 263 (“The Tradition”). Think also about the themes that we’ve been talking about so far and how Assata’s work fits into the context of urban narratives and themes of identity, survival, freedom, immigration/migration, return home, urban space, etc. What’s the significance of the story ending in Cuba and how does Assata adjust to her new home?

Presentation by Henry and Natalie

Consider this prep for the final exam. If you read this carefully, it’s one less thing you’ll need to study!

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Week of May 8: (Day class) Assata conclusion

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Announcements

  • The last written assignment of the semester is due Tuesday May 8. See the assignments page if you’ve misplaced your copy of the instruction sheet.
  • For anyone interested, I’m teaching Intro to Africana Studies (AAS 166) in the fall on Wednesday nights from 6-8:40 PM. Section XW81. Search by my name or the course/section in CUNYFirst. It satisfies the “World Cultures and Global Issues” core requirement and is a gateway to a major (or minor) in Africana Studies.

Also take a look at a general guide I’ve written up for final exams: “Zen and the Art of Finals” (PDF).

This week we finish our last book of the semester, the autobiography of Assata Shakur. For Tuesday May 8, read chapters 13-16 (pages 195-240) in Assata.

Pay close attention to the following:

  • Poems: Again, what do they add to the narrative? What insight do they give you about Assata’s inner thoughts?
  • What spaces/ neighborhoods does she move through? Note them and how each of them either shapes the story and what it means to Assata.
  • Keep track of major themes that emerge in the story as you read. It’s a good idea to mark examples of them in the text and make a small note in your notebook.
  • Finally, go back through your notes and start making a list of all the themes that we’ve seen this semester. It will be a good start to preparing for the final.

For Thursday May 10 finish Assata: pages 241-end of book (chapters 17-Postscript). Be sure to read the Postscript with her reflections on Havana! (Skip ahead if you must.) Again, make sure to pay attention to the various poems she includes in the story on pages 240 (“Current Events”), 259 (“To My Daughter Kakuya”), and 263 (“The Tradition”). Think also about the themes that we’ve been talking about so far and how Assata’s work fits into the context of urban narratives and themes of identity, survival, freedom, immigration/migration, return home, urban space, etc. What’s the significance of the story ending in Cuba and how does Assata adjust to her new home?

Presentation by Monique, Chae, Cheick, and Bre

Consider this prep for the final exam. If you read this carefully, it’s one less thing you’ll need to study!

Week of 12/5: (Night class) Assata, continued

220px-AssatabioAnnouncements: The assignment sheet for our final paper of the semester due 12/18 is on the assignments page. Go download it if you don’t have a copy.

Also take a look at a general guide I’ve written up for exams, “Zen and the Art of Finals” (PDF).

This week we continue with our last book of the semester, the autobiography of Assata Shakur. For Tuesday 12/5, read chapters 10-13, (pages 148-208) in Assata.

Pay close attention to the following:

  • Poems: “Culture” (159), and “To My Mama” (193). Again, what do they add to the narrative? What insight do they give you about Assata’s inner thoughts?
  • Also think about her Fourth of July address on pages 167-170.
  • What spaces/ neighborhoods does she move through? Note them and how each of them either shapes the story and what it means to Assata.
  • Keep track of major themes that emerge in the story as you read. It’s a good idea to mark examples of them in the text and make a small note in your notebook.
  • Finally, go back through your notes and start making a list of all the themes that we’ve seen this semester. It will be a good start to preparing for the final.

For Thursday 12/7 finish Assata: chapters 14-Postscript (pages 208-274). Be sure to read the Postscript with her reflections on Havana! (Skip ahead if you must.) Again, make sure to pay attention to the various poems she includes in the story on pages 240 (“Current Events”), 259 (“To My Daughter Kakuya”), and 263 (“The Tradition”). Think also about the themes that we’ve been talking about so far and how Assata’s work fits into the context of urban narratives and themes of identity, survival, freedom, immigration/migration, return home, urban space, etc. What’s the significance of the story ending in Cuba and how does Assata adjust to her new home?

Presentation by Tyrone, Kevin, Bris, and Mercy

Consider this prep for the final exam. If you read this carefully, it’s one less thing you’ll need to study!

Reminder: the final exam is Thursday December 14 from 8-10 PM. See the Registrar’s full schedule (PDF!) to find your other classes.

Week of 12/5: (Day class) Assata, continued

220px-AssatabioAnnouncements: The assignment sheet for our final paper of the semester due 12/18 is on the assignments page. Go download it if you don’t have a copy.

Also take a look at a general guide I’ve written up for exams, “Zen and the Art of Finals” (PDF).

This week we continue with our last book of the semester, the autobiography of Assata Shakur. For Tuesday 12/5, read chapters 10-13, (pages 148-208) in Assata.

Pay close attention to the following:

  • Poems: “Culture” (159), and “To My Mama” (193). Again, what do they add to the narrative? What insight do they give you about Assata’s inner thoughts?
  • Also think about her Fourth of July address on pages 167-170.
  • What spaces/ neighborhoods does she move through? Note them and how each of them either shapes the story and what it means to Assata.
  • Keep track of major themes that emerge in the story as you read. It’s a good idea to mark examples of them in the text and make a small note in your notebook.
  • Finally, go back through your notes and start making a list of all the themes that we’ve seen this semester. It will be a good start to preparing for the final.

For Thursday 12/7 finish Assata: chapters 14-Postscript (pages 208-274). Be sure to read the Postscript with her reflections on Havana! (Skip ahead if you must.) Again, make sure to pay attention to the various poems she includes in the story on pages 240 (“Current Events”), 259 (“To My Daughter Kakuya”), and 263 (“The Tradition”). Think also about the themes that we’ve been talking about so far and how Assata’s work fits into the context of urban narratives and themes of identity, survival, freedom, immigration/migration, return home, urban space, etc. What’s the significance of the story ending in Cuba and how does Assata adjust to her new home?

Presentation by Nayeli, Arlene, William, and Simaya

Consider this prep for the final exam. If you read this carefully, it’s one less thing you’ll need to study!

Thursday May 14: Assata conclusion and final exam review

Remember that if you choose to do the optional final paper, it’s due Friday 5/15 by Midnight Eastern Standard Time via e-mail

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220px-AssatabioThis week we finish the autobiography of Assata Shakur. For Thursday 5/14, finish Assata. Again, make sure to pay attention to the various poems she includes in the story on pages 240 (“Current Events”), 259 (“To My Daughter Kakuya”), and 263 (“The Tradition”). Think also about the themes that we’ve been talking about so far and how Assata’s work fits into the context of urban narratives and themes of immigration/migration, return home, urban space, etc. What’s the significance of the story ending in Cuba and how does Assata adjust to her new home? Consider this prep for the final exam. If you read this carefully, it’s one less thing you’ll need to study.

Presentation by Celestine, Jason, and Hipolito

Again my guide to final exams, “Zen and the Art of Finals” (PDF), will help you begin to prepare for our final (and hopefully others as well). Think about major themes that we’ve been talking about all semester and bring questions to the class. We’ll have an open prep/ study session for the final exam.

As a reminder, the final is scheduled for Thursday, May 21 1:30-3:30 PM in the regular classroom and you might want to check Lehman’s exam schedule (PDF file) for your other classes as well. Be sure to arrange for childcare/ time off work/ whatever you need to do now, as there will be no make-ups, except for extraordinary circumstances. Unless you can provide a hospital or arrest record (your own, not a family member’s), you get no make-up. “My family bought plane tickets to go on vacation” or similar is not an extraordinary circumstance in my book. Consider college a job and be up front with family, friends, etc. about what that commitment means.

Thursday May 7: Autobiography of Assata Shakur

220px-AssatabioThis week we move on to the our last book of the semester, the autobiography of Assata Shakur

Announcement: If you missed it yesterday, I handed out the assignment for the final paper. It’s posted on the assignments page. This is optional and the grade will be averaged with your first 2 papers.

For Thursday 5/7, read pages 1-130 (Chapters 1-7) in Assata Shakur’s Autobiography. Assata: An Autobiography. Be sure to read the foreward by Angela Davis and Lennox Hinds. Also make sure to pay attention to the various poems she includes in the story on pages 1,17,44, and 62.

Questions to think about:

  • How effective is her style of storytelling? Does the non-linear narrative with flashbacks make the book more engaging?
  • How does Assata go about re-telling history?
  • What role do poems play in an autobiography? What do they tell you about Assata or the other people that the regular story does not?
  • What locations does she mention in the text? What does each one mean to her?
  • Finally, read my guide to final exams, “Zen and the Art of Finals” (PDF), which will help you begin to prepare for our final (and hopefully others as well).
  • Presentation by Roland, Jelani, and Jhoselyn.

    Extra: Listen to “A Song for Assata” by Common, from his 2000 Like Water for Chocolate release, featuring CeeLo Green.

    Week of 12/9: Assata conclusion and Final exam review

    Remember that papers are due Friday 12/12 by Midnight Eastern Standard Time via e-mail

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    220px-AssatabioThis week we finish the autobiography of Assata Shakur. For Tuesday 12/9, finish Assata. Again, make sure to pay attention to the various poems she includes in the story on pages 240 (“Current Events”), 259 (“To My Daughter Kakuya”), and 263 (“The Tradition”). Think also about the themes that we’ve been talking about so far and how Assata’s work fits into the context of urban narratives and themes of immigration/migration, return home, urban space, etc. Pay attention to chunder these conditions? and What’s the significance of the story ending in Cuba and how does Assata adjust to her new home? Consider this prep for the final exam. If you read this carefully, it’s one less thing you’ll need to study.

    Presentation by Tia, Amanda, and Yeraldy

    For Thursday 12/11 Read my guide to final exams, “Zen and the Art of Finals” (PDF), which will help you begin to prepare for our final (and hopefully others as well). Think about major themes that we’ve been talking about all semester and bring questions to the class. We’ll spend the last class reflecting on the semester and have an open prep/ study session for the final exam.

    As a reminder, the final is scheduled for Tuesday, December 16, 3:45-5:45 PM in the regular classroom and you might want to check Lehman’s exam schedule (PDF file) for your other classes as well. Be sure to arrange for childcare/ time off work/ whatever you need to do now, as there will be no make-ups, except for extraordinary circumstances. Unless you can provide a hospital or arrest record (your own, not a family member’s), you get no make-up. “My family bought plane tickets to go on vacation” or similar is not an extraordinary circumstance in my book. Consider college a job and be up front with family, friends, etc. about what that commitment means.