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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. 14
Posted 12/4/2019

People: Please note:
(1) Test scores, plus attendance record, are available via the link in the left margin.
(2) Final grades, when they are posted, will be available via your hub portal.
(3) My new office hours, for next week, are posted (link above)
(4) Announcement regarding the final exam is here.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 13
Posted 11/20/2019

Folks: homework for the quiz on Wednesday, December 4 (class will be longer than normal).
As explained in class today, this will be what I call a "super quiz" because it is worth two grade-levels. Do NOT screw up on this homework, so you can do well on the quiz.

(1) Study this reading: item no. 13 of Section One from the syllabus packet--link is in the left margin.
(2) View, digest, and take notes on these AV materials:
(a) The first 15 minutes AND the last 35 minutes of Film Score: The Music of Quincy Jones, available via the film list page here;
(b) The first 38 minutes AND the last 46 minutes of Film Score: The Music of A. R. Rahman, available via the film list page;
(c) The film, Mr. Church, available via the film list this page.
WARNING: Do not ignore any subtitles and comments in the AV materials.
WARNING: Do not ignore any subtitles and comments in the AV materials. 



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 12
Posted 11/13/2019

Guys: Please note, as explained in class today, homework for next week:
(a) Film for the quiz: Beasts of the Southern Wild (available via the usual film page--link below--or
may be via some streaming services you are familiar with).
(b) Outline for the in-class essay, which you MUST bring to class to help you write the essay after the quiz. You will be handing in the outline together with the essay. (See instructions in item 1(b) in the next announcement below.)
NOTE: To the few of you whose first letter of last names was not indicated in the instructions, the error has been resolved. As announced in class, I am postponing my regular Monday office hours to Thursday (11/21, from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm). Wednesday office hours remain the same
(see link above).


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 11
Posted 11/7/2019

People: This is a three-part announcement.

(1) Homework for the quiz next week (11/14):
(a) Material covered in class yesterday.
(b) Read, study, and digest this document here.

(c) See this film: Hidden Figures available via the usual film page here (or may be via some streaming services you are familiar with).
(2) Instructions for the in-class term paper is the same document in (b) above. <--Note: The quiz next week will also cover this document, plus the film.

(3) Those of you who want to do the longer take-home paper (15 pages) part of your instructions are the same in (b) above, PLUS these instructions here and here. (Do not screw up.) You don't have to bring an outline to class. By the way, note also that take-home papers are graded much more strictly than in-class essays (for obvious reasons). I may also ask you to come and see me during my office hours to go over what you have written.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 10
Posted 10/30/2019

Folks: Homework for next week (11/6):

(a) Material covered in class.
(b) Page 1 (introduction) of the Syllabus (which is item no. 2 of Section One of the syllabus packet--link in the left margin of this page).
(c) Item no. 13 of Section Two of the syllabus packet.
(d) Sound in Cinema: The Film Score: Part One (Section B), available
here.
(e) If this film fails to stream, then download it or check it out on Netflix:
Hate... (Full title: "The Hate U Give")   



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 9
Posted 10/22/2019

People, please note carefully:
1. I have sent you an e-mail concerning this Wednesday's class.
2. Homework for next week Wednesday (10/30):
(a) Film: The Affair, available from the usual films page for this class.
(b) All the homework listed in the next announcement below.
3. The quiz next week will be longer because it will count as a mid-term.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 8
Posted 10/17/2019

Guys, Homework for next week (10/23):
(a) Material covered in class yesterday.
(b) Film: Race (may also be available on Netflix.)
(c) Documentary: World War II/Cold War 

(d) Documentary: from the middle to the end (that is after the first 60 minutes) of this item: Sound in Cinema--The Film Score: Part One (Section A). NOTE: Items b, c, and d, are available via the usual page here. However, to avoid last minute access problems, download these items to your laptop (you can always delete them later--hello!). Warning: pay close attention to items C and D.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 7
Posted 10/10/2019

People, Homework for next week (10/16):

(a) Material covered in class yesterday.
(b) Film:
Tukegee, available via the usual page here. (May also be available on Netflix.)
(c) Readings: Nos. 93(b), and 104(a), available via AA-1: A.A.S. Select Readings --> link on this page.
(d) Reading: No. 11, available on this page.
WARNING: Do not screw up on the readings!


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 6
Posted 10/2/2019

Guys, Homework for next week (10/9):

(a) Simple Justice, and (b) Brown v... and Beyond available via the usual page here. WARNING: these two films may not be available via Netflix, so download them right away to your computers to avoid last-minute access problems.
Note: Simple Justice may also be available here.
(c) Material we covered today in class on the screenplay; analysis of scenes by their directors (Roma and Darkest Hour); and the film trailer.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 5
Posted 9/26/2019

People,
Please read and digest this announcement carefully:
Homework for next week's quiz:
(1) The syllabus (yes, the syllabus) available as item no. 2 of the syllabus packet--link on the left. <--can you guess why you are being assigned this item as part of homework?
(2) Material we covered in today's class on a genre of filmmaking called stop-motion animation (where the illusion of movement is produced by painstakingly photographing puppets, one frame at a time, arranged in different positions for each frame--see this short video here.)
(3) Video 5(b) of item B of Section One of Part I (Films)--see announcement no. 3 below on how to access this page, if you still don't know how to access it.
(4) Reading no. 14 of item no. 108 available here.

 

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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