26 August 2015

Ghosts and Ginsberg

Topic 2: Ghosts and Ginsberg
Poor dead flower? when did you forget you were a flower?/when did you look at your
skin and decide you were/an impotent dirty old locomotive? the ghost of a loco-
/motive? the specter and shade of a once powerful mad American/locomotive?
(‘Sunflower Sutra’ 20). 
Strange Prophecies anew! She wrote—‘The key is in the/window, the key is in the
sunlight at the window—I have the/ key—Get married Allen don’t take drugs—the key
is in the/ bars, in the sunlight in the window./Love,/your mother’/which is Naomi—
(‘Kaddish’ 57).
Drawing upon relevantideas from chapter 18 of Bennett and Royle’sAn Introduction to
Literature, Criticism and Theory, discuss the presence of
ghosts in any two poems by Ginsberg that we have studied this semester.

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26 August 2015

On Power, Poverty, and Possibility
Please complete BOTH parts of the entry!
Readings to consider: (all earlier readings are also available for use, of course, especially those on citizenry, and you are free to use additional readings as you see fit, so long as you cite them and they are credible sources of research!)
v  Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience
v   
v  Terry Tempest William’s Commencement   http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/136

v  William F. Buckley’s “Why Don’t We Complain”


v  On Suffering and  Structural Violence (Farmer)  ( Week Two Reading Folder)

v  Maslow’s Hierarchy    http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~rbrokaw/maslow.HTM

v  UN Millennium Website    http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

v  “The Altruism in Economics” (Mercer)   http://odewire.com/60291/the-altruism-in-economics.html

v  ‘Jeffery Sachs’ 200 Billion Dollar Dream” (Munk)    http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/07/sachs200707

v  “What Money Can Buy (Specter)   http://www.michaelspecter.com/wp-content/uploads/gates.pdf

v  The Declaration of Children’s Rights (Korshack) 

v  “The Lost Children of T. Don Hutto Family Prison”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9Ub_9uQFk8
Part One:  Approx 2 pages, 1.5 spacing
For this first part of the Commonplace, you are going to be working with the idea of citizenry.  We read three pieces about the concept of citizenry, “Civil Disobedience” by Thoreau, “Commencement” by Terry Tempest Williams, and “Why Don’t We Complain” by William F. Buckley.  We also read, “Who Are You, and What Are You Doing Here,” and “Dwelling in Possibilities” that, in a sense, advocate for a sort of citizenry.  You may have also experienced other readings/films in other classes that may be relevant to this conversation.
Given these readings, class discussion, and your own experiences thus far in the world, this entry should explain to your reader how you envision your emerging role as a citizen.  
For example, Thoreau writes “It is not a man's duty, as a matter of course, to devote himself to the eradication of any, even the most enormous wrong; he may still properly have other concerns to engage him; but it is his duty, at least, to wash his hands of it, and, if he gives it no thought longer, not to give it practically his support. Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.”  Terry Tempest Williams writes that the four tenents of democracy are to “Question, Stand, Speak, Act.”  Buckley says that we must fight against our own apathy and discomfort with confrontation.    Mark Edmondson tells us we must fight even to get a good education.
Do you see your role as a citizen to connect with these ideas, or even act them through?  Why, or why not?   However you choose to answer this, reflect in detailed, specific, creative ways that help your reader appreciate and understand your perspective.  Don’t feel afraid to take a risk, to try on a new idea. 
I would strongly consider starting your entry with an anecdote from you own experience, a quote from the reading, etc.  Remember, you don’t need to limit yourself to these three readings and the video.  I DO NOT WANT a formulaic, five-paragraph essay.  I want genuine, honest, engaged conversation with your reader.

Part Two:  What Money Can Buy (approx. 2 pages, 1.5 spacing)
Sometimes the lack of substantive freedoms relates directly to economic poverty, which robs people of the freedom to satisfy hunger, or to achieve sufficient nutrition, or to obtain remedies for treatable illnesses, or the opportunity to be adequately clothed or sheltered, or to enjoy clean water or sanitary facilities…   Amartya Sen, Development as Freedom

For this part of the entry, entry, I would like you to apply Farmer’s ideas about structural violence to at least three of the other articles we read.   While Farmer is writing primarily with respect to extreme suffering, his use of the term “structural violence” is technically more broad, and offers a framework for us to better understand some of the issues we are studying.
 
To do this, you’ll first want to define the idea of structural violence.  This will require an outside internet source (other than Wikipedia, please) along with the Farmer text and your reading notes in order to assist you in developing a good working definition of structural violence (don’t forget to cite what you use!  Very important!!). 
 
After doing so, you’ll be using at least three sources (more are fine!) with examples and specifics from each to both question and illustrate the idea that economic policies, institutions, and belief systems become “axes” of oppression.  For example, what kind of structural violence does the article about Jeffery Sachs illuminate for us?   How does Mercer’s “The Altruism in Economics” relate potentially to structural violence?  These are just some ideas for focus, but I have confidence you can also come up with examples of your own.  Be specific, clear, and detailed in the examples that you choose, and offer clear, accurate in-text citation as you go!

Grading Criteria:
·         Thoroughness—use of detail, examples, and attention to each part of the assignment
·         Divergent thinking and critical analysis– essential!
·         Grammar and mechanics
·         Thoughtful attention to beauty, grace, style with respect to language

·         Careful attention to in-text MLA citation (if you have questions, visit the Purdue OWL website for further assistance!)

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26 August 2015

Canada First Nations should return to self government

ASSIGNMENT
Your second essay for this class is a research paper with a SIX page minimum. This paper will use FIVE different sources. Your assignment is conduct research on a topic that has a major effect on your life, and document your research throughout this paper.

In researching for your essay, you must include at least two BOOKS and two SCHOLARLY ARTICLES. Other sources may include, but are not limited to: interviews (from TV/radio, or done on your own), surveys, newspapers, journals, documentaries, andNO MORE THAN ONE electronic source (this does not include scholarly articles that you find through the University Databases).All citations must be in proper MLA format. When choosing electronic sources, be sure to question the credibility of the source. Wikipedia is not a reputable source and should not be used.

YourResearch Questions should consist of the following:
1.      What is your topic?
2.      Why are you interested in this topic?
3.      What do you hope to learn from your research?
4.      What question do you want to answer in this paper?
5.      List three more questions that might help you explore this topic.

Your Research Presentations will be a short presentation to a small group in class. The assignment for this will be posted to Blackboard soon.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS
·         At least SIX typed pages.
·         Typed, double-spaced size 12 Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins
·         Your name, date of the assignment, course number, instructor name, and the title of the assignment should be in the upper left hand corner of the first page
·         Your last name and the page number should be in the top right hand corner of each page
·         NO TITLE PAGE
·         Final Draft: Hardcopy in class and submitted to SafeAssign




FORMATTING: Your essay will be broken down into FIVE SECTIONS each detailing a different aspect of your research paper. They are as follows (each section should be labeled this way in your actual paper):

I.                   MY QUESTION
This section will introduce your reader to your topic and why it interests you. You will identify the research question that you have chosen. Using the word “I,” as well as asking your research question are appropriate and even necessary in this section. (about one page)
II.                MY SEARCH PROCESS
In this section, you will write a narrative about the entire research process step by step. This means that while you are researching, you need to keep a detailed record of everything that you have done. This include every search term, every article read, etc. You will also describe all of the successes and challenges you faced in doing this research. You may use “I” in this section as well. The following is a sample of what this might look like: “I started off by Googling my topic and did not have any success finding useful websites.  I decided to talk to my parents to see if they had any ideas.  They advised me to talk to the high school librarian which I did the following day.  The librarian I spoke with directed me to some great resources which I found to be very useful in the completion of this project.”  (at least one page)
III.             WHAT I HAVE LEARNED
This section is going to look more like a traditional research paper, and thus “I” should not be used here, because you are going to be discussing what the experts on the topic are saying. In this section, you will write a formal introduction to the topic along with a thesis statement that argues for one side of the issue, you will focus on three or four of the major findings you came across in your research, and use your five sources to prove the points you’re trying to make. You should also have one paragraph on the counter-argument to your point. This will be the longest section of the paper. (at least two pages)
IV.             WHAT THIS MEANS TO ME
In this section, you will reflect on what you have learned over the course of this project. Think about the following: What have you learned in writing this paper? Did what you thought you knew about your topic match what the experts in your topic have written about? How will what you’ve learned affect your view on this topic in the future? These questions are just suggestions, and you can certainly explore things in any way you see fit. Once again, you can use “I” in this section. (about one page)
V.                ANNOTATED WORKS CITED
In this section you will list your sources in proper MLA format and you will write a bit about each source you’ve used. For each source, you will: have a completed Works Cited entry, write a few sentences summarizing the article/book/source, a few sentences on  he reliability of this source and its author, and a few sentences on how this source was helpful in writing this paper. (one paragraph per source/at least one page)


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26 August 2015

The Zoot-Suit Riots The Psychology of Symbolic Annihilation By Mauricio Mazón

The Zoot-Suit Riots The Psychology of Symbolic Annihilation By Mauricio Mazón

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26 August 2015

How can we reduce the rate of institutionalization of our seniors in Canada

TOPIC:

Q3. How can we reduce the rate of institutionalization of our seniors in Canada? How does the Canadian approach for seniors’ health services compare to programs and services for seniors’ health in other countries? What changes could Canada consider, based on approaches used elsewhere, to decrease the rate of institutionalization of our seniors? In your response, provide balanced evidence and examples from two other countries.


Your essay will be evaluated according to how well the following criteria are met. The paper should be no more than 5 single spaced pages or 10 double spaced pages approximately 1,250- 1,500 words. A completed reference list must be included.

1. Clear articulation of the topic, issues – 10%

2. Analysis of the topic – 60%

Argument supported by a critical analysis of the literature on the topic
Proper and selective use of quotes to support argument
Accurate use of data sources
Indication of integration of course material
Well-organized
3. Conclusion – 10%

Strong concluding comments which clearly address the issues raised in the paper.
4. Style – 20%

Proper grammar, sentence structure and punctuation
Complete references and proper use of endnotes/footnotes
Appropriate and complete bibliography in a formal style of your choice
Absence of spelling mistakes and typos
Proper pagination
Appropriate length according to guidelines

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