Fall 2013: For Tuesday 9/17

First, some logistical points:

  • Extreme apologies for not posting the assignment last week: that was on oversight on my part and won’t happen again.
  • Please sign up for the class text message service if you haven’t yet. Details are on the syllabus or here (PDF):BlkComm_R101invite
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  • Note that the online syllabus has been updated to reflect the new speakers on October 8th. Names, bios, and other details will be updated soon. As always, you’re welcome to invite guests.
  • Lastly, please pick up a copy of Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power at the Lehman bookstore or elsewhere. You’ll need the book for next week.
  • For class next week:We’ll start with our usual review of the Amsterdam News. Read (at least) one news — not sports or entertainment — story carefully and prepare an oral report for the class. Here are questions you should ask to think critically:

  • What is the effect on the Black community?
  • How does it affect our work as organizers and how should we/our organizations respond?
  • If related to your area of interest, how does it affect your (or your organization’s) work how should you/your organization respond?
  • What solutions can we collectively come up with?
  • Read chapters 1 (“What is Power?”) and 11 (“Ideology and the Legitimization of Dominance”) in Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power. Obviously, bring the book with you and be prepared to discuss the relevant sections.

    Finally e-mail me either what organization/group you’re planning to work for, what issue(s) they work on, and where (which community) or if you’re undecided, make up a short list (as we started to do in class) of community issues you might want to work on/ be involved in and begin to do some mapping and research on a community organization that might be a good fit.