WARNING: ALWAYS SCROLL THE ENTIRE PAGE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO NOT MISS ANYTHING EVERY TIME YOU ARRIVE ON THIS PAGE.
YOUR FAILURE TO VISIT THIS PAGE REGULARLY MAY CAUSE YOU MUCH GRIEF!
THIS IS THE CLASS HOME PAGE FOR  AAS 254  SPRING 2020  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

[[]] Test/Exam Schedule

[[]] Missed Class/Test Form

[[]] Instructions for the Essay

[[]] Rules for quizzes /tests/ exams

[[]] AAS-Related Readings 

[[]] Computer Hygiene

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

[[]] 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 2/21/2020 

Folks: Please read and digest:

1. Homework for Wednesday, next week (2/26), please study the following materials:
(a) Study this reading: Music and productivity.
(b) Study reading no. 38 from the readings page of Section One
of PART I (Film Assignments page). See item 1 of the next announcement below.
(c) Video no. 25 (from the videos page of Section One of PART I (Film Assignments page).
(d) Video no. 26 (as above).
 

ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 3
Posted 2/13/2020 

Guys: Please read and digest:

1. Homework for Wednesday next week (2/19) requires you to, first, get to know the Film Assignments page for this course.
How to get to that page: click on "Course Assignment Materials" (on this page, or the preceding page) and follow the click path until you end up with a web page that states 'INTRODUCTION (read this first)" while its left column has a listing running from PART A through PART O. Now, access the Film Assignments page by clicking PART I (Film Class Assignments) and then scrolling down to SECTION ONE on that page. Reminder: any AV material I am able to stream in class via SECTION ONE, you should be able to stream it too. If you can't do that on your device, then you have a computer hygiene problem. Read next item.

2. WARNING: If you can't access PART I on your laptop then you have two choices: either clear the cache/cookies in your browser (this is called "computer hygiene"), or use the computers in the library. How do you clear your cache/cookies? Click on the "computer hygiene" link in the left margin.

3. Homework
for Wednesday next week (2/19):
(a) Part One of "Reading No. 38" from Readings.
(b) Film: La Haine--class version from Film List

4. Video (first 30 minutes) screened in class yesterday:
"Comprehending Race--Part Two (Section One)"
Class discussion: What to look out for in La Haine; The fifth main function of racism in a capitalist society; etc.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 2
Posted 2/6/2020 

Folks/Guys/People:

Welcome to the class home page for AAS 254 which you are required to visit on a regular basis. Please go through all the items in the following announcement carefully:

1. As announced in class last week on Wednesday, we will have our first test on Wednesday, 2/12/2020.  

2. Please go through the rules for quizzes/tests/exams in this course, available here.

3. Yes. I am allowing you to bring HANDWRITTEN notes to the test. But be careful. Your notes should not be so detailed that you will run out of time looking for information. Best way to take notes on an assigned film: use one or two key words for every scene (not shot) in the film. (See item 11 below; and if I were you, I would see the films twice.)

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

6. In the future, with rare exception, I won't be sending you e-mail reminders about announcements. Instead, you should make it your 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.

8.


9. Course Syllabus is available here.

10. Links to film/video homework assignments are in the next announcement below.

11. Links to videos:
https://buffalo.box.com/v/framesScenes
https://buffalo.box.com/v/marillionhevc 
https://buffalo.box.com/v/filmMusicImportant  

WARNING No. 1: Do not ignore any subtitles and comments in the AV materials.

WARNING No. 2: Do not ignore any subtitles and comments in the AV materials.

12. The test will cover
(a) item nos. 2, and 8 above;
(b) pages 1 through 2 of item no. 9 above;
(c) video items in item 11. above; and
(d) Film and video assignments in the next announcement below.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 1
  e-mailed 1/30/2020 

This e-mail was sent to all who had registered for this class by 1/30/2020:

Dear All:

As explained in class, homework for next week:
For Wednesday (2/5/2020), view and study this film:
https://buffalo.box.com/v/PlacesHeart-ClassVersion
PLUS this short video:
https://youtu.be/Q3BcS8Uwl9U

Homework for the following week:
For Wednesday (2/12/2020), view and study this film:
https://buffalo.box.com/v/FreeStateJones-classVersion
PLUS this short video:
https://youtu.be/AD7N-1Mj-DU

Class syllabus:
https://buffalo.box.com/v/254Spring2020Syllabus

Reminder: To make things easier for you, as explained in class, I do not use the commercial website called "Blackboard," which here at UB is called "UBLearns." However, at some point soon I will create a web page for the class at a different site.
Do NOT reply to this e-mail; it has been sent to you via HUB.

Sincerely,
Instructor












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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