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THIS IS THE CLASS HOME PAGE FOR  AAS 100  FALL 2018  CLASS



IMPORTANT LINKS
ANNOUNCEMENTS
are in reverse chronological order--You should go through all announcements since your last visit, as simple common sense would suggest! NOTE: excuses such as "I did not know this was available via the class homepage," or "I did not have time to go to the class home page," and so on, will not be tolerated. In this class, intellectual laziness has its price: a poor grade.
 
OFFICE HOURS
Make sure you read the policies on office hours before you come to see me.
[[]] Course Assignment Materials

[[]] Syllabus Packet

[[]] Class notes

[[]] Office Hours

[[]] Music--Jazz (origins/influences)

[[]] Term Paper Instructions

[[]] Newseum.org

[[]] UB Undergraduate Advising Services

[[]] CAS Undergraduate Advising Services

[[]] A-Z index of all UB websites

[[]]  Links to external web sites with information that may be of relevance to course material covered in this class.

[[]] Study Guides and Strategies (effective study habits, taking notes, overcoming test anxiety, writing research papers, test-taking tips, etc.)

[[]] Khan Academy (free video tutorials on math, science, economics, finance, etc.)

[[]] Race/racism in the News

[[]] Articles on Health

[[]] Choosing safe consumer products

[[]] Sleep and Sleeplessness

[[]] WolframAlpha (fact-based knowledge engine)

[[]] Food and Nutrition Information Center

[[]] Requesting Letters of Recommendation from me.

[[]] Test/Quiz scores, plus Attendance Record 

[[]]  Occupational Outlook Handbook (critically important information compiled by the U.S. government on almost any job career you can ever think of).

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Procedural democracy-related links you must also explore:

[[]] How laws are made in the U.S. 

[[]] Path to the Supreme Court (Chart)

[[]] U.S. Supreme Court Procedures

[[]] U.S. Supreme Court: Web site

[[]] The U.S. Judicial Process: The Federal Court System.

[[]] Legislation of the U.S. Congress (The Library of Congress Thomas web site)

[[]] Justice Denied.org

[[]] Famous trials in history



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 14

Posted 12/6/2018


Guys, please note:
1. Materials you must access and study for the final exam are available here.
2. I have new office hours for exam week. You can access them via the link on top or on the left.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 13
Posted 11/29/2018


People, for next Monday's (12/3) verbal bonus quiz, study these TWO items:  This reading, and this reading (for this reading you can omit pages 11 through 13). By the way, if everybody shows up for this bonus quiz and the class does really well, you will end up earning quite a few points. This will be the last bonus quiz.

NOTE: for the test next week see the next announcement below. Reminder: final exam is during exam week (as required by school regulations).


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 12
Posted 11/26/2018


Guys: This is a two-part announcement. Read both parts right away.

PART 1
For Wednesday's (11/28) verbal bonus quiz, study the following TWO items (including all images that are present):  this
item available here, and the reading no. GL-1 (including any accompanying images) available via this "click path": Materials for Course Assignments ---> Part A (Readings) ---> GL-1: Reading--Forced Sterilization....  

PART 2
For the test coming up next week,
see the course calendar in section one of the syllabus packet, study the following material:
(a) Study the definition of Patriarchy (including any accompanying images) available via this "click path": Materials for Course Assignments ---> Part B (Course Glossary...) ---> Patriarchy.
(b) Study this reading (including any images) here
UPDATE: concentrate on the images, not the text.
(c)
Study this reading (including any images) here.
(d) The three video items from the next two announcements below.
(e) This item available here on a case called Juliana v. United States. (Example of civic engagement at work.)
 Reminder: Always, always, always, study any images that may be present in any assignment!
Yes, you can bring notes. Also, bring a pen to the test (not a pencil).



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 12
Posted 11/19/2018

People:
For Monday's (11/26) verbal bonus quiz, study the following TWO readings (including all images that are present): Reading no. RG-30 and Reading no. RG-31 available via this "click-path": Materials for Course Assignments --> Part A (Readings). You can bring only hand-written notes to class. Reminder: Always, always, always, study any images that may be present in any assignment! By the way, Reading RG-30 is a two-part assignment.
Documentary assignment announced in class today, which you must see by December 3: This is the link: https://buffalo.box.com/v/testvid (If you weren't in class today ask your classmates for their notes on why this documentary has been assigned.) If you can't stream the video, you may have to download it first.
NOTE: The Percy Julian film can also now also be accessed via this link: https://buffalo.box.com/v/percy
If you can't stream the video, you may have to download it first. (See also next announcement below.)


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 11
Posted 11/16/2018

Folks:
For Monday's (11/19) verbal bonus quiz, study the following definition from the course glossary (including all images that are present): "Democracy." Yes. you can bring a printed version of the definition to class. :)  However, study the definition carefully even if you bring the printed version to class.
Film assignment: As indicated on the last test (no. 3), you must see these two films by the end of this month:
Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius (available on reserve in the undergraduate library, or via this click path: Part G (of online course materials)--> Section 2--> RA, no. 22.
Something the Lord Made (available in the undergraduate library, and/or possibly on Netflix; and/or possibly somewhere on the internet).  NOTE: When you see these films, pay special attention to the background context of the story.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 10
Posted 11/13/2018


Guys:
For Wednesday's (11/14) verbal bonus quiz, study the following materials (including all images that may be present):
(a) This reading available here.
(Study all images in the entire reading.)
(b) All sections of this reading, but not section two, available here. (Study all images in the entire reading.)

(c) Reading no. K, available as part of item no. 1 in Section Three of the syllabus packet (link on the left). <--study this reading really carefully.
You can bring only hand-written notes to class (except for b). Reminder: Always, always, always, study any images that may be present in any assignment!
NOTE, as per last announcement:
To those who are concerned about their GPA and the grade they will get in this course, I strongly urge you to take advantage of the extra-credit verbal quizzes we have been doing and will continue to do--per your wishes. Additionally, please note this about the final exam: those who have accumulated a significant number of points from these quizzes will be allowed to convert part of their final exam score to a bonus points score. (I will decide what is significant.)

ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 9
Posted 11/8/2018

People: 
To those who are concerned about their GPA and the grade they will get in this course, I strongly urge you to take advantage of the extra-credit verbal quizzes we have been doing and will continue to do--per your wishes. Additionally, please note this about the final exam: those who have accumulated a significant number of points from these quizzes will be allowed to convert part of their final exam score to a bonus points score. (I will decide what is significant.) Now, for the verbal quiz for Monday next week (11/12) come prepared to be quizzed on: (a) the Introduction and the first three sections of the Race/Racism definition in the online course glossary; and reading CW/CS-32(a) (see next announcement below).  You can bring only hand-written notes to class; however, bring a printed copy of CW/CS-32(a) in its entirety--including sources--and make sure you also study the entire document. Reminder: Always, always, always, study any images that may be present in an assignment!


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 8
Posted 11/2/2018

Folks:
For the test coming up next on Wednesday next week, see the course calendar in Section One of the syllabus packet (link on the left), study these items (make sure you study any images that may be present in ALL these readings!):

(a) MLK-1,
(b) MLK-II,
(c) Thurgood Marshall,
(d) Charles Hamilton Houston
(e) Reading no. CW/CS-31 available via this "click-path": Materials for Course Assignments --> Part A (Readings). Note: Read only the first two numbered pages (the "genius" who designed this reading has page numbers in the margins).
(f) Reading no. CW/CS-32(a) available via this "click-path": Materials for Course Assignments --> Part A (Readings). Note: You can bring a printed version of this document to the test. (Example of a question on the timeline is below.) There is a timeline in this document; make sure you study that too. By the way, as mentioned in class, almost everything specified in this document is under attack today in order to make this country "great again." (Readings a, b, e, and f, are related--how? )
(g) All discussions and videos played in class since the last test.
(h) The film: Glory (1989, starring Denzel Washington) assigned to you weeks ago (available on reserve in Capen Library--questions on the film will be very detailed in order to determine that you did view the film with diligence).
(i) Bonus questions will come from the reading on "stupidity" (item no. 4 of Section Three of the syllabus packet).

Example of TIMELINE question: "Thus it is not enough just to open the gates of opportunity. All our citizens must have the ability to walk through those gates. This is the next and the more profound stage of the battle for civil rights." Name the Timeline item where this quote appears.

I am allowing you to bring hand-written notes only to the test, and a printed version of (f) above, but nothing else to consult. (Only the Note takers, however, who have been typing their notes for the class, can bring them printed.) A WARNING to all: Do NOT plagiarize anything--everything should be in your own words!
A note about e-mails: Never send me e-mails that do not begin with this proper salutation (Dear...) and closure (Sincerely,...), otherwise you may not get a response.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 7
Posted 10/24/2018

People:
For Wednesday's (10/31) verbal bonus quiz, study these items (make sure you study any images that may be present in these readings!): MLK-1, and Thurgood Marshall.  (Reminder: those who come to class after a quiz is over or are entirely absent will not get any points.)


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 6
Posted 10/24/2018

Folks:
As per discussion today, for next week Monday's (10/29) verbal bonus quiz, study these items (make sure you study any images that may be present in these readings!):
Marcus Garvey   Charles Hamilton Houston   First World War  PLUS These two concepts
"Agency" "Double Consciousness," available in the online course glossary (Part B of materials for course assignments):  Yes. You can bring HANDWRITTEN notes only. :)


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 5
Posted 10/22/2018
Folks:
As per discussion today, for this coming Wednesday's verbal bonus quiz: study these items: Biographies of W.E.B. DuBois; Booker T. Washington, and Frederick Douglass. Make sure you study any images that may be present in these readings! The two videos I played in class today are here and here. Yes. You can bring HANDWRITTEN notes only. :)




ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 5
Posted 10/8/2018
People:
As per course calendar (see item no. 7 of the syllabus packet--link on the left) we will have a test next week. It will be based on: (a) all materials assigned and/or covered in class from the day of the last test (9/17/2018) through today (10/8/2018)--which includes assignments in announcements 4 and 3 below; (b) PLUS this film: Amistad (available on reserve in Capen Library--questions on the film will be very detailed so as to determine that you did view the film with diligence). (c) Bonus questions will come from the reading on "stupidity" (item no. 4 of section three of the syllabus packet).
I am allowing you to bring hand-written notes only to the test, but nothing else to consult.(Only the Note takers, however, who have been typing their notes for the class, can bring them printed.) A
WARNING to all: Do NOT plagiarize anything--everything should be in your own words!


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 4
Posted 10/2/2018
Folks:
As announced in class today, here are the links to materials you must access and carefully study.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 3
Posted 9/24/2018
Folks:

The topic for this week is enslavement. So, as per my e-mail to you earlier today, please study these materials for coming Wednesday. Yes, you may be called upon to summarize the material.

  • (a) Definition of the "Great European West-to-East Maritime Project" available via PART B of Course Assignment Materials.
  • (b) Definition of the "Columbian Exchange" available via PART B of Course Assignment Materials (including videos assigned as part of the definition).
  • (c) This reading available here.
A note about e-mails:

Do not send me e-mails that do not begin with this proper salutation (Dear...) and closure (Sincerely,...), otherwise you may not get a response.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 2
Posted 9/12/2018

People:

As announced in class, Test no. 1 will be on Wednesday, September 19th. It will be based on these materials:

  • (a) All class proceedings (discussions, videos, etc.) for this period August 29 through September 12.
  • (b) These readings: nos. 1, 4, 6, and 7 from this page
  • (c) Slide images 1 through 10 under Democracy (part A) available via "Slide-Images: Thought-Provoking..." link in Part H of Online Course Materials.
Test format: closed book; short and long answer written questions.

A note about e-mails:


Do not send me e-mails that do not begin with this proper salutation (Dear...) and closure (Sincerely,...), otherwise you may not get a response.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 1
Posted 9/10/2018

Folks:

Welcome to the class home page for AAS 293 which you are required to visit on a regular basis. Your failure to follow instructions posted via announcements on this page will NOT be looked on kindly. You have been warned!  

A note about e-mails:

Do not send me e-mails that do not begin with this proper salutation (Dear...) and closure (Sincerely,...), otherwise you may not get a response.




A-Z Index of all UB websites
 

Miscellaneous Info (may or may not be relevant)


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