Fall Course: I’ll be teaching AAS 245: History of African Americans in the Wednesday 6-8:40 PM time slot if anyone’s interested. Section H81, course code 57646. It meets the “US Experience in its Diversity” core requirement. It is not writing intensive.
[UPDATE:] Final assignments are finally posted on the assignments page. There are two options: one assignment for those doing fieldwork from home or who did enough to write about their organization. The second option is the alternate assignment, which uses the Black Panther Party as a case study.
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Instructions for this week: Listen to the following NPR segment on think tanks, then Read the presentation by your classmates and listen to my lecture (it’s about 48 minutes long) then comment on Wilson’s chapter. In chapter 9, Wilson analyzes the process that the ruling class uses to influence public policy and people’s perceptions of ideas through the use of think tanks and foundations. This chapter is one of the most important ones of the whole book. Take some time to carefully read, think about, and comment on it.
Listen to the following 15-minute segment from NPR’s On the Media: “Jayne Mayer on the Rise of Conservative Orthodoxy.” (Go to the direct link if you don’t see the player below.) Mayer does an excellent job of charting the history of foundations and think tanks that Wilson describes in the chapter for this week’s lesson.
This week’s presentation:
Student Presentation by Renée, Ashleigh, and Michael.
PDF Download: Wilson_Chapter_9_Spring2020
This week’s audio lecture:
It’s approximately 48 minutes long. Play it in your browser by pressing the arrow below. Try it in a different browser or on a laptop/desktop computer if it doesn’t play–especially on mobile devices–and please report any problems to me.
Comments on posts:
You’ll notice the “Leave a Comment” button is now active below. Here’s how it’ll work: you can use these to discuss points raised here. A few points:
- Your first comment will have to be approved by me: after that, you can comment without approval
- Comments section will only be open to enrolled students
- You have to leave your name (enter as first name and last initial only) so a) I can make sure only people in the class are commenting and b) you get credit for the comment
- Remember to be respectful, especially when responding to classmates
To ‘participate’ in the class, I’d like to see everyone 1) post a substantive comment of their own based on either Wilson’s chapter, the presentation, or my lecture using some of the questions raised. conversation prompts, and 2) to respond thoughtfully to someone else’s comment—not just agree/disagree, but add on evidence or ask a follow-up question. It’s fine with me if conversation continues in a thread as long as it does, but two responses showing a clear engagement with the reading will count for being ‘present.’ Does that make sense? You have until next Wednesday to write those two comments for credit. The comment section closes after 14 days.