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THIS IS THE CLASS HOME PAGE FOR  AAS 253  FALL 2019  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

[[]] Office Hours

[[]] Missed Class/Test Form

[[]] Instructions for the Essay

[[]] AAS-Related Readings 

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

[[]] Newseum.org

[[]] UB Spectrum (student newspaper)

[[]] UB Undergraduate Advising Services

[[]] CAS Undergraduate Advising Services

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

[[]] 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. 4
Posted 9/19/2019

Guys: Please go through this announcement carefully:

1. Those who still can't access the online class materials for this course on their personal computers, for whatever reason, must use the computers in Lockwood Library (I have not had a chance to test computers at other locations on campus).
2. You are also advised to look up videos on YouTube on how to take notes in a class.
3. If you are doing courses like organic chemistry, physics, biology, etc., then check out the excellent, excellent videos on these subjects at Khan Academy.
4. As announced in class yesterday, homework for next week's quiz (September 18), is as follows:

  • Readings nos. 26, and 34 on film music. (See the next announcement below on how to access these readings.)
  • Study these two films: Miss Evers Boys, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. (See the next announcement below on how to access these films.)



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 3
Posted 9/11/2019

Folks: Please go through this announcement carefully:


(A) As mentioned in the next announcement below, I do not access e-mails through mobile devices; I access them only through a desktop computer. My job description does not require me to be a prisoner of communications technology. :) Therefore, you may not get a response to an e-mail you send me before the next class meets. If this happens, talk to me after class, because if you don't I will assume that your e-mail message was not important--in which case of course you, most likely, will never get a response.
(B) Any time you send me e-mail it must be in a professional format: Starts with "Dear Professor," and ends with "Sincerely." (Check out the format of e-mails I send you.)

(C) As announced in class today, homework for next week's quiz (September 18), is as follows:

(1) First, as I showed you in class today (assuming you were paying attention), go to the films page by following this clickpath:
www.elegantbrain.com --> online materials for assignments --> This semester's course assignment materials --> copyright page --> online materials for course assignments--> PART I (Films) --> Part I--Film (Notes/Assignments/Links) <-- When you arrive on this web page, first go through the entire page to see the layout, and then do the following:
  • Study the slide image titled "Verisimilitude and the Socialization of Marginality.
  • Study Reading 34 (including all images) available via item A (Readings) in Section One.
  • Watch twice (and take notes) of the first one hour of this documentary film: Sound in Cinema--The Film Score: Part One (Section A), available via item G (Film List). Advice: download this item to your computer right away, so you don't have access problems at the last minute. (You should do this for all items you are assigned.)
(2) Study the material titled "Obstruction..." available on this web page (yes, this is part of homework, and so there may be questions on it in the quiz).

(3) If you cant access the PART I (Films) web page, then (as I have stated several times in class), i
f others in class are able to access this page, but not you, then use the computers in Lockwood Library or clear the cookies and cache in your browser (which you are supposed to do on a regular basis, anyway--internet hygiene). Instructions for doing this for your specific browser can be accessed via Google search on the internet, or visit the computer help desk in Lockwood Library.

(4) For those who were unable to access the Remember the Titans film, I have also provided an alternative link--courtesy of one of you--thank you. :)

(5) If, after trying all of the steps above, you are still having problems, then come and see me during my office hours; do not send me e-mails.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 2
Posted 9/4/2019

People:

Welcome to the class home page for AAS 253 which you are required to visit on a regular basis. Please go through the following announcement carefully:

1. As announced in class today, homework for next week (Sept. 11): watch these two films: Remember the Titans and Last Fall.
You can access these films through Netflix, OR via this link:
http://www.elegantbrain.com/edu4/classes/audiovisualtexts/classfilmlist.html

If others in class are able to access these films, but not you, then use the computers in Lockwood Library or clear the cookies and cache in your browser (which you are supposed to do on a regular basis, anyway). Instructions for doing this for your specific browser can be accessed via Google search on the internet, or visit the computer help desk in Lockwood Library.

2. We will have a short written quiz on this homework next week (like the one we had today). Quiz instructions that were handed out today in class, are also available here.

3. Yes. I am allowing you to bring any HANDWRITTEN notes you take on the films. (Handwritten notes only.)
Best way to take notes on an assigned film: use one or two key words for every scene in the film. Do not write detailed notes, because you will end up missing parts of the film. (If I were you, I would see the films twice.)


4. Those who registered recently can do a make-up quiz for the homework assigned last week--see below. You can do the make-up immediately after class next week.

5. If you are a first-year or second-year student, please read this document here.

6. With rare exception, I won't be sending you e-mail reminders about announcements in the future. Instead, you should make it a habit to visit this class-home page regularly.

7. I do not access e-mails through mobile devices; I access them only through a desktop computer. My job description does not require me to be a prisoner of communications technology. :) Therefore, you may not get a response to an e-mail you send me before the next class meets. If this happens, talk to me after class, because if you don't I will assume that your e-mail message was not important--in which case of course you, most likely, will never get a response.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 1
  e-mailed 8/28/2019

Guys/Folks/People:

Welcome to the class home page for AAS 253 which you are required to visit on a regular basis. The announcement below was e-mailed to you on 8/28/2019:

1. Below are the instructions for the homework you have been assigned for completion by Wednesday next week (September 4th).

2. We will have a short written quiz on this homework on Wednesday next week (September 4th).

3. Yes. I am allowing you to bring any HANDWRITTEN notes you take on the films. (Handwritten notes only.)
Best way to take notes on an assigned film: use one or two key words for every scene in the film. Do not write detailed notes, because you will end up missing parts of the film. (If I were you, I would see the films twice.)

4. Homework:

(a) See these two films: Rosewood and Fruitvale Station.

You can access these films through Netflix, OR via this link:
http://www.elegantbrain.com/edu4/classes/audiovisualtexts/classfilmlist.html

(b) Go through the syllabus available via this link:
https://buffalo.box.com/v/fall2019AAS253









A-Z Index of all UB websites
 

Miscellaneous Info (may or may not be relevant)


 

One of my favorite web sites (not recommended except for those with a lot of common sense): darwinawards.com Guys: If anybody knows the answer to the following question posed by the Dilbert Cartoonist, Scott Adams, let me know: "If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?"



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