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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.
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[[]] Online Course Assignment Materials

[[]] Test/Exam Schedule

[[]] Syllabus

[[]] Office Hours

[[]] Missed Class/Test Form

[[]] Instructions for the Essay

[[]] Rules for quizzes /tests/ exams

[[]] AAS-Related Readings 

[[]] AAS 355 Readings

[[]] Computer Hygiene

[[]] Films List

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

[[]] Saver Life (help for saving money)   

[[]] 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.)

[[]] Slide Images 

[[]] Race/racism in the News

[[]] Educational Success Packet 

[[]] 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. 21
Posted 5/29/2020 (UPDATED: 6/10/2020

People, please go through this entire announcement super carefully:

1. Incomplete make-ups are now available, via Blackboard. They will be available only until 11:30 pm, June 20, 2020. (Yes, the deadline has been extended.) NOTE: After this deadline, there will be NO other opportunity to improve your existing default grade. <-- Read this sentence again.

2. Scores for the make-ups will not be available until AFTER the June 20, 2020 deadline. <--Read this sentence again. All scores will be available via the link in the left margin of this page. (Ignore any scores you may see on Blackboard). Your final grade, however, will be available via your  MYUB page on the HUB portal a week or two after June 20.

3. You are allowed to sit for any and all make-up(s) to replace any and all existing score(s), provided you understand that the new score(s) will replace your existing score(s)--regardless of what the new score(s) is/are. (If I were you I would really take advantage of this favor.)

4. As far as the school is concerned, this course is over. (Meaning, I am not being paid extra for these incompletes. That is why, incompletes are a big favor to the students.) So, please show your gratitude by taking advantage of this incomplete and dramatically improving your grade--it will look good on your transcript, trust me.

5. Make-ups cover materials that were assigned during the semester; however, they have been rearranged across the different make-ups (to prevent cheating). In this course, as indicated before, make-ups cannot be repeats of existing tests/exams. (This is the reason why, make-ups take up a lot of my time.)

6. To locate assigned material for each make-up, if you do not already know by this point, find the relevant links (e.g. the Film List page) in the left margin of this page. Scroll through all the links, if necessary.

7. The only way to do well on these make-ups is to do what the others who got A's did; specifically, view/read the assigned material with absolutely no distractions, at least twice, and to take notes. (Remember, I am able to see who has been doing their homework through statistics kept by the system.) Even if your grade does not matter to you please motivate yourself to do the work, because it is relevant to your lives--either directly and/or indirectly. Those of you who are aware of the politics of this pandemic (everything that concerns a society as a whole, sadly, will always be political) and the never-ending unjustified killings of minorities should be able to acknowledge this fact. By the way, in Announcement 15, item 4, I had given the figure of 70,000, now we have gone past a 100,000--most tragically.

8. A reminder: never send me e-mails that are not written in a professional format, with a proper opening and closure, because you may never get a response. Please also note that I access e-mails only through a desktop computer--which requires logging in, etc. Note further: I generally do not respond to e-mails about matters I have already gone over in announcements on this page. (It is your responsibility to keep up with the announcements--which, by the way, take a long time to compose so as to cover all bases.)

9. Make-ups have been arranged as follows:
  • Incomplete Make-Up Test 1 replaces your existing Test 1 score. It covers class versions of (a) Food, Race, and Class; and (b) Definition of Class from the Course Glossary (which is Part B of Online Course Assignment Materials).
  • Incomplete Make-Up Test 2 replaces your existing Test 2 score. It covers class versions of (a) Earth Day; and (b) American Outrage.
  • Incomplete Make-Up Test 3 replaces your existing Test 3 score. It covers class versions of (a) Great Divide; (b) Authentic Democracy--Legislation Timeline video on Film List page; and (c) all slide images indicated in items 3(i) and 3(ii) of Announcement 19, below.
  • Incomplete Make-Up Test 4 replaces your existing Test 4 score. It covers class versions of (a) Inside Job; (b) Reading 34 from AAS-Related Readings; and (c) the first 9 pages of Reading L14, (including all images) from Section One of PART L of Online Course Assignment Materials.
  • Incomplete Make-Up Test 5 replaces your existing Test 5 score. It covers class versions of (a) Comprehending Race II--Section One; and (b) Comprehending Race II--Section Two.
  • Incomplete Make-Up Test 6 replaces your existing Test 6 score. It covers class versions of (a) Confirmation; and (b) Readings F, I, J, K, Q, and R from the Educational Success Packet.
  • Incomplete Make-Up Final Exam--Part One replaces your existing Final Exam--Part One score. It covers class versions of (a) Mooz-Lum; (b) Reading 85 from AAS-Related Readings; (c) Reading L19 from Section One of PART L of Online Course Assignment Materials.
  • Incomplete Make-Up Final Exam--Part Two replaces your existing Final Exam--Part Two score. It covers class versions of (a) Hundred-Foot Journey; and (b) Sections 2 through 5 of Reading 45; plus Readings 50, 52, 56, 59, 61, and 62; and Pages 1 through 4 and Pages 14 through 22 of Reading 63; all from AAS 355 Readings.
10. Repeat: To locate assigned material for each make-up, if you do not already know by this point, find the relevant links (e.g. the Film List page) in the left margin of this page. Scroll through all the links, if necessary.

11. I wish you the best. (I have more than done my part; it's time to do your part.)

12. [UPDATE:  This is a reminder that the short-window incomplete will end in ten days. That is, on June 20th (originally, as will you recall, it was June 12th--see item 1 above), after 11:30 pm you will no longer have access to the incomplete make-up tests and your grades will default to your existing grade if you do not complete these tests successfully.  When this happens you will NOT be able to make-up the incomplete; and the school will not allow a change to your default grade. Therefore, I strongly urge you to use this opportunity to improve your grade by doing any test you wish or all tests. If you are one of those who received an IF or IU grade it is super-important that you do the incomplete make-up tests (with diligence). An F or a U just does not look good on a transcript. Let me also remind you that this matter is not only about grades; it is is also about getting you to do the work so that you can see what you are learning in this course about race is so relevant to what is going on out there in terms of the the racial injustice--and the protests against it.]


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 20
Posted 5/19/2020 [UPDATED: 5/23/2020]

Folks, please go through this entire announcement super carefully:

1. Since I have no way of ascertaining that a person genuinely had technical problems, or had some other serious difficulties that prevented them from doing a test or prevented them from doing well on a test, during this awful time we are going through, I am allowing anyone who wishes to do so, to take any or all of the make-up tests that are available right now on Blackboard. Tests must be completed by this Friday at 11:30 pm--unless you intend to request an incomplete; see below. However, please note: (a) Tests cover the same materials mentioned in announcements below, but Blackboard will not give you the same questions. Warning: do not attempt the tests without doing the homework. (b) If you are doing any of the test(s) to replace your existing final exam score and/or test score then the new score will be used even if it is lower than your existing (old) score. <-- Read this sentence again.

2. The Multipurpose Test No. 1 covers Comprehending Race II -- Section One (available via the Films List page). It is to be used to replace any one of the missing or low scores from Test 1 through Test 6. However, item 1(b) above applies. (22 questions)

3. The Multipurpose Test No. 2 covers the film Hundred Foot Journey (available via the Films List page). It is to be used to replace any one of the missing or low scores from Test 1 through Test 6. However, item 1(b) above applies. (22 questions)

4. The Multipurpose Test No. 3 covers Comprehending Race II -- Section Two (available via the Films List page). It is to be used to replace any one of the missing or low scores from Test 1 through Test 6. However, item 1(b) above applies. (22 Questions).

5. The test one scores will NOT be dropped because you did not do your part. The promise was made with the view that test 2 would be a regular in-class test. (See Announcement 8, item 2 below.) Yes, I know most of you worked very hard for the test in this 4-credit hour class, that is why you came completely unprepared to take test 2 in class--as a consequence it had to be converted into a take-home (a huge break). My recommendation: take advantage of the above offers.

6. The formula for calculating your final course grade is on the Test Scores page--see link in the left margin of this page.

7. Your final course GRADES will be available through your HUB portal (NOT through this page).[UPDATE: (a) Your course grades have now been posted on HUB. (b) Those who took the make-ups, etc. your scores have been posted under post-final make-ups on the test scores page (link in the left margin of this page). ]

8. I have to submit my grades this weekend. Please note that once the grades are submitted, the school will not allow me to make changes to your grades (unless they are incompletes). In other words, your grades will be written in stone.  Read the instructions on the test scores gateway page. Therefore, I really urge you to take advantage of the above options if you would like to improve your grade. NOTE: Do not send me e-mails about your grades. You will not get a response.

9. Please do not ask me for breaks that you would not ask your math teacher, or your biochem teacher or your psych teacher, etc. I have already given you way too many breaks in this course (without any indication of gratitude from your end), and moreover, this is one of the easiest classes you have taken in this school. You were assigned a few readings and a bunch of films for a 4-credit hour course. How hard is that?
 
10. If for any reason you need an incomplete, please click here.

11. Regarding requests for recommendations: first, please read the relevant document available via the link in the left margin of this page, before you send me the request.

12. As I have told you folks countless times, please do not send me e-mails that are not written in a professional format, which includes using this opener: "Dear Instructor," or "Dear Professor," and ending with this closure "Sincerely," Otherwise, I may not respond to your e-mails.

13. Yes, the films on the Films List page will be available to you at any time into the future, even after this semester is officially over, as long as you have the UB password, and as long as that page is up.

14. Those of you who are intending to take my other Gen Ed classes coming up in the Fall, please note that there has been a slight change to the course format. The courses will be taught only online (they used to be listed as hybrid courses).

15. If you can get a cold or a flu from a contagious person by just talking to that person, why doesn't the same logic apply to CV-19? The answer of course is that it does. Therefore please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

16. Those of you who follow the real news will know that from the perspective of lives lost, sickness, and financial losses due to unemployment, etc., in this pandemic the people who have suffered/and are suffering the most are the powerless (in terms of making societal decisions)--such as women, the working class, people of color, the elderly, and so on. The question is, Why? If you cannot come up with a credible answer then, sadly, you made no effort to learn anything from this course.

17. If you did your homework, then you will also know that the current pandemic is not a one and done deal; we should be prepared for more to come in the years ahead, as long as humans continue to destroy the forests.

18. To those of you who did the homework in the manner you were supposed to do (and therefore did well in this course), I want to thank you for pulling me through this semester. I wish you all the best.

19. Your Final Exam scores are available now (however, any Test 2 make-up scores, will be available sometime later today), via the link in the left margin of this page.

20. Yes, it is true. Teachers do not get paid during the summer (unless they are teaching a summer course, in which case they are paid only for that particular course).


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 19
Posted 5/6/2020 [UPDATED: 5/13/2020]

People, please read and digest:

1. About the final exam coming up next week--see test/exam schedule (link in the left margin of this page): 

--(a) The final exam is usually supposed to be cumulative; however, I will make things easier for you by (i) not making it cumulative but instead assigning you homework specifically for the final exam, and (ii) dividing the exam into two parts. Both parts will be available at the same time, but you will get five days (instead of two days) in which to complete them. Do NOT wait until the last minute to study the homework, otherwise you will be overwhelmed.
--(b) Time it will be available: It will be posted on Blackboard, under "Assignments," by the end of the day (meaning before midnight) on the scheduled date. As usual, the exam will be very difficult IF you haven't done the homework properly. REMINDER: Blackboard gives me statistics on which specific film/video was accessed, by whom on what date, at what time, how many times, who downloaded it, and so on.
--(c) Format and methodology: It will be the same as for Test 3 (see item 2, Announcement 7, below).
--(d) What it will cover: everything mentioned in this Announcement. 

2. Make sure you visit this page on the exam date before you start the exam, in case there is an update to this announcement.
[UPDATE: Part One of the final exam will be available this evening at 9:00 pm. It has 40 questions, and you have 70 minutes assigned for it. Part Two will be available tomorrow by around midday--it will have 22 questions. Both parts must be done by May 18, 11:30 pm. Warning: using statistical data on what homework you have done, if at all, questions presented to you by Blackboard will adhere more strictly than before to the lazy student rule. Do you know what the lazy student rule is? See item 2 of Announcement No. 2, below. At the same time, please do not start looking for answers in your homework while doing the test (because you didn't do the homework) and as a result running out of time--prompting you to falsely claim that your internet went down or your computer exploded or your screen melted.]]

3(i). Homework for the final exam, PART ONE: (a) Mooz-Lum--class version, available via the "Films List" page; (b) Earth Day--class version. (c) Reading 82, and Sections 1, 6, and 7 of Reading 85 of "AAS Related-Readings" (link in the left margin); (d) Study Reading L19--see update in next announcement below; (e) Study thoroughly the following slide images available from the "Slide Images" page (link in the left margin), or via PART K of Online Course Materials:
(i) Items CL-2 and CL-17 from Class/Classism/Classwarfare;
(ii) Items D1, D2, D3, D4, D6, and D15 from Democracy;
(iii) Items GP-1, GP-4, and GP-10 from Gender/Patriarchy;
(iv) Items IP-3, IP-11, and IP-12 from Identity Politics.
3(ii). Homework for the final exam, PART TWO: (f) Definition of Patriarchy from the "Course Glossary" which is Part B of Online Course Materials; (g) Sections 2 through 5 of Reading 45 from "355 Readings"--link in the left margin; (h) Readings 43, 50, 51, 52, 53, 56, 59, 61, and 62 from "355 Readings;" (i) Pages 1 through 4 and Pages 14 through 22 of Reading 63 from "355 Readings;"(j) Go through this site here. (k) Study thoroughly the following slide images available from the "Slide Images" page (link in the left margin), or via PART K of Online Course Materials:
(i) Items OS-1 and OS-2 from Oppression;
(ii)  Items RA-1, RA-4, RA-9, RA-10, RA-13, and RA-19 from Race/Racism--1;
(iii) Items RB-1, RB-2, RB-4, and RB-5 from Race/Racism--2.

4. Something I want you to ponder as you prepare for the final exam: A black man, who was once president of United States, tried his best to get this country, the richest country on the planet, to accept that everyone deserves access to free universal healthcare (authentic democracy)--just in the same way that members of the U.S. Congress have access to free healthcare... paid for by taxpayers! An Asian man, running for the presidency of United States, tried his best to convince this country that no one should suffer from extreme poverty in the richest country on the planet, so he came up with a plan for a guaranteed minimum income (authentic democracy). What was the response of the majority of those, the masses (black, brown, red, and white), who stood to benefit the most from these these efforts? Behavior ranging from apathetic ignorance to racist vitriol. Then CV-19 came by--over 70 thousand dead and still counting. And believe it or not, the masses still don't see the point of universal health care or a guaranteed minimum income. What hope is there for dealing with even more difficult issues such as climate change? You, by the way, are part of the masses. (I can't even get some of you to do your homework that deal with these issues.)

5. Your scores for Tests 1 through 5 have been available for a few days; link in the left margin. (The formula for calculating your course grade is on the test scores pages.)

6. Those who claim submitting Test 2 via my office, here is my question: how come I found other people's tests but not yours? Anyhow, I will post the make-up test on Blackboard at some point if you would like to redo the test. My advice, concentrate right now on the final exam, and thereafter deal with Test 2. UPDATE: Make-up test is now available. You must do it no later then May 20th 4:00 pm.

7. Blackboard tells me that some of you are not even doing your homework!


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 18
Posted 4/26/2020 [UPDATED: 5/4/2020]

Guys, please read and digest:

1. About test 6 coming up soon--see test/exam schedule (link in the left margin of this page): 
--(a) Test 6 is worth 20% of the final course grade.
--(b) Time available: It will be posted on Blackboard, under "Assignments," by the end of the day (meaning before midnight) on the scheduled date. Test will be very difficult if you haven't done the homework properly. NOTE: Yes, I have access to statistics on which specific film/video is accessed by whom on what date, at what time, how many times, who downloaded it, and so on. [UPDATE: Reading L19 will not be on this test, it will appear on the final exam. Test 6 will be available at 9:00 pm today. You have until 11:30 pm on 5/6/2020 to complete it (at one sitting). The test has 26 questions.]
--(c) Format and methodology: It will be the same as for Test 3 (see item 4, Announcement 11, below).
--(d) What it will cover: everything assigned to be completed by 4/27 and 5/4/2020 mentioned in this Announcement, and the next Announcement, below. 

2. Make sure you visit this page on the test date before you start the test, in case there is an update to this announcement.

3. Homework, starting next week, to be completed by 5/4/2020: (a) Study how the issue of gender is played out in the film Confirmation... available via the Film List page. (b) Readings F, I, J, and K available from the Educational Success Packet (see link in the left margin of this page). See the syllabus if you don't know why you have been assigned these readings. (c) Readings 25(a) and 26 from the AAS-Related Readings page--link on the left. (d) Watch the short video here and think about the race/class connections. (By the way, do the people who work in supermarkets, in food processing plants, and in the fields picking produce count as "front line" workers during this pandemic?) (e) To mark Earth Day 2020 (April 22), think of the connections between race, class, and the environment. Question: how long do you think humans have before they will all die out? (Most major world religions believe the world will come to an end at some point.)



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 17
Posted 4/18/2020 (UPDATED 4/20/2020)

Guys, please read and digest:

1. About test 5 coming up beginning of next week--see test/exam schedule (link in the left margin of this page): 
--(a) Time available: It will be posted on Blackboard, under "Assignments," by the end of the day (meaning before midnight) on the scheduled date. Test will have 16 questions; test will be very difficult if you haven't done the homework properly. [UPDATE: Test will be available today at 11:30 pm. It must be completed by 4/24. NOTE: Blackboard indicates that very few of you appear to have done all the homework. Yes, I have access to statistics on which specific film/video was accessed by whom on what date, at what time, how many times,
who downloaded it, etc.]
--(b) Format and methodology: It will be the same as for Test 3 (see item 4, Announcement 11, below).
--(c) What it will cover: everything assigned to be completed by 4/15 and 4/20 mentioned in Announcements 15 and 16, below.  On the previous tests, some of you never did the homework (going by individual access statistics provided by Blackboard). Why would you do that knowing that you are going to fail the test?
--(d) See item 4, as a reminder, in the next Announcement below.

2. Make sure you visit this page on the test date before you start the test, in case there is an update to this announcement.

3. Text of the e-mail that was sent to everyone the other day is available here.

4. Homework, starting next week, to be completed by 4/27/2020: (a) Reading L19, available via Part L of Online Course Assignment Materials or here. (b) Readings Q, and R available from the "Educational Success Packet" (see link in the left margin of this page).



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 16
Posted 4/13/2020

Folks, please read and digest:

1. Homework for this week: See item 5, in next announcement below.

2. Homework for next week (to be completed by 4/20/2020): (a) Study Reading No. 34--including all images--from the "AAS-Related Readings" page (link in the left margin of this page). (b) Download, view, and study: Food, Race, and Class from the FILMS LIST page.

3. Going by statistics, some of you did not do ALL the assigned homework for Test 4. (I am sure you know what that means). Reminder: This is a 4-credit hour class.

4. Reminder:  Going by the course syllabus, Test 5, Test 6, and the Final Exam, all together, are worth 50% of your final course grade. In other words, you still have a chance to radically improve your grade--provided you do your homework, and you do it with diligence. (About Test 6, see item 9 in Announcement No. 14, below.) By the way: Do you know what the "Lazy Student Rule" is? (See the rules for tests--link in the left margin of this page.)


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 15
Posted 4/6/2020 (Updated 4/10/2020)

Guys, please read and digest:

1. About Test 4 coming up at the end of this week--see test/exam schedule (link in the left margin of this page):
(a) Time available: It will be posted on Blackboard by the end of the day (meaning before midnight) on the scheduled date. [Update: Test will be available at 11:30 pm today, you have until 4/12 at 11:30 pm within which to do it; you must do it at one sitting. Test has 16 questions.
Test will be very difficult if you haven't done the homework properly.]
(b) Format and methodology: It will be the same as for Test 3 (see item Announcement below).
(c) What it will cover: everything stated in Announcements 12 through 14. 

2. Reminder you are supposed to keep up with homework by downloading, saving, and studying all assigned materials (via announcements on this page) on a regular basis. If you wait until the last minute you will, most assuredly, be overwhelmed!

3. Homework statistics: Reminder: I have access to statistics of who is accessing the homework--for some assignments, individually by name; for other assignments as an aggregate. Unbelievably, some of you have not accessed Blackboard at all! (Blackboard is the corporation that owns and manages the software that is also called Blackboard, but which this school, for some reason, calls UBLearns.)
 
4. Homework for this week. See item 5, Announcement No. 14, below.

5. Homework for next week, to be completed by 4/15: (a) First 9 pages of Reading L14,
(including all images) from Section One of PART L of Online Course Assignment Materials. (b) Film: "Waiting for Superman" available via the Film List page. (Subtext of this film: education as a means to class-reproduction.) (c) Question: Is there any connection between race and the ongoing CV-19 pandemic--and if so, what exactly is the connection: biological? economic (class)? political? Please listen carefully to this radio news story available here. (d) Question: What is the connection between "Obamacare," the social safety net, and the pandemic? Hint: think about the film: Great Divide and Democracy.

6. About the term paper: See item 9, in Announcement No. 14.

7. About correct options on multiple choice tests: (a) Unless EVERYONE got the same question wrong because the "correct" option was in fact erroneous, no change to which option is correct for a question is possible. Period. In other words, just because YOU got the question wrong, does not mean everyone else got it wrong. Hello! (b) Instead of bonus questions, I may consider allowing you to get one or two questions wrong (depending upon the test), which should also take care of this scenario, IF it should arise (highly unlikely).

8. I have not yet visited my office (as originally planned); however, I will most certainly do so at some point. 

9. Reminder: I do not respond to e-mails about matters that are covered via announcements on this page or via links to information on this page (if I was dealing with small classes it could be a different issue). See item 4, in Announcement No. 3, below.

10. The reason why the test-taking methodology is the way it is, is related to something called "academic integrity" (in simple words, not cheating). See item 4, Announcement no. 11 below. Yes. I agree with you. You do not cheat and you have never cheated. But what about others? Why do you think Blackboard has these procedures for faculty to use?


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 14
Posted 3/30/2020

People, please read and digest.

1. Just in case some of you are wondering, I am not responsible for CV-19; so please work with me to help you successfully complete this super easy course (compared to your other classes). In other words, make sure you read/digest all instructions carefully--repeat, carefully. (Reminder about CV-19: it could be worse; think of the millions upon millions of people forced to live in refugee campus across the world through no fault of their own--many of them don't have access to soap, running water, medical facilities, etc.)

2. The one or two people who still claim they can't access the Google sites page via elegantbrain that has the films list page (because they did not do what they were asked to do on the computer hygiene page--link on the left), please carefully go through item 5(a) in Announcement no. 12, below.
 
3. Concerning Test 3 that was just administered over the past couple of days: (a) For reasons of fairness to everyone and to prevent cheating, once the test deadline has passed that test is over. The same test questions cannot be given again. (Reminder, there are about 150 students across my classes this semester--I am sure you will agree with me that they are all entitled to fairness. After all, that is what this course about--fairness in society. Yes?) (b) For those few who claim they had a technical problem in taking Test 3: PROVIDED you meet the following condition, a make-up test will be created: prove that Test 3 was just a one-off problem. (c) How will you be able to prove that? By making sure that you have no technical test-taking issues for all the remaining tests. Therefore, the make-up for tests in this type of situation will NOT be available until AFTER the final exam. By the way, I also strongly suggest that you take a picture of your computer screen at the time you had the problem. NOTE:
Make-up tests will not necessarily have the same questions.

4. Homework for this week: See item 5 in Announcement No. 12, below.

5. Homework for next week (to be completed by 4/8/2020): (a) Study the slide image in the top left-hand corner of this page. (b) View and study (repeat, view AND study) these two films on the INTERSECTION of race and class: Great Divide and Democracy--class version; AND Spellbound. Reminder: I have access to statistics of how many of you are viewing assigned films.

6. All scores for all tests/exam will eventually be posted via the link in the left margin of this page.

7. To those who had permission to make up Test No. 2, it will be available on Wednesday (4/1/2020) around midday on Blackboard (under Assignments) and the same rules will apply as with Test 3 you have just taken, but with two differences: (a) it will be a short answer test and NOT multiple choice, and (b) you will have more time.

8. About sending me e-mails, see Announcement No. 3, item no. 4 below.

9. As indicated in an e-mail you were sent through HUB recently, the in-class essay writing project is being replaced with Test 6 (see the test/exam schedule via the link in the left margin).



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 13
Posted 3/25/2020  (Updated 3/27/2020)

Folks, please read and digest:

1. About Test 3:

(a) It is super important that you do the assigned homework that the test will cover; otherwise you will be in the same boat as the last test.

(b) What the test will cover: See item no. 2 in the next Announcement below.

(c) Date and time: See item no. 2 in the next Announcement  below. Update: Test will be available today at 11:30 pm on Blackboard (UBLearns) under Assignments. Make sure you read the instructions! Please note that in the name of fairness, and to prevent cheating, the rules cannot be changed.

(d) Format: It will be a multiple choice test (with responses graded by the computer). However, points will be deducted for guessing. <-- Read this sentence again.

(e) Place: the test will be online and available via Blackboard (UBLearns).

(f) Methodology: See item no. 2 in the next Announcement  below.

2. Reminder about e-mails policy:
See item no. 7 in the next Announcement below. (Reminder: I have about 150 students across my classes this semester. I am sure you can guess why I mentioning this fact.)



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 12
Posted 3/23/2020   

People, Spring Break is over; so please read and digest:

1. About submitting Test 2: see item 3 in Announcement 11, below.

2. About the upcoming Test No. 3 this week, see item 4 in Announcement 11, below.

3. About class announcements for the rest of the semester, see item 2 in Announcement 11, below.

4. Homework for this week, see item 1 in Announcement 11, below.

5. Homework for next week to be completed by 4/1/2020:
(a) download, view and digest: Inside Job--class version, available via the Films List page. (See Announcement 3, item 3, below, OR click on link in the left margin of this page that also takes you directly to that page.)
(b) download and study item L15 (including all images) from Section One of PART L of Online Course Assignment Materials. <--This is a long read.

6. About the test/exam schedule for the rest of the semester: see updated schedule via link in the left margin.

7. About sending me e-mails, see Announcement 3, item no. 4 below.

8. About reading, digesting, and following instructions in this class: click on the slide image in the top left corner of this page.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 11
Posted 3/12/2020 (updated 3/22/2020)  

Folks: Please read and digest:

1. Homework, to be completed by 3/25/2020:
(a) Finish viewing the documentary we began in class titled American Outrage (available via the Film List page).
(b) Study the entire definition of "Class" available in the Course Glossary (PART B of online Course Assignment Materials).

2. Group divisions are now no longer applicable. Everyone is in the same group now. Additionally, please note that all class announcements will continue to be posted on this page. Warning: You must stay on top of the announcements available via this page, and of course you must be on top of all assigned homework.
 
3. About Test no. 2: because of changed circumstances relating to the virus thingy, do not drop off the test by my office. Instead, upload your test responses via Blackboard (UBlearns) by 3/25. Click on "Assignments" when you arrive on the Blackboard page for this course. (Note: If you have already dropped off the test at my office, before today, that's O.K.)

4. Test No. 3, which will cover everything mentioned in Announcements 9 through 11 will be online and it will be available on 3/27/2020 by the end of the day.
Once the test is available, you will have 48 hours in which to take it. Note: in order to prevent cheating: (a) it will be a timed test which you will have to complete in one sitting--that is, once you have begun the test you must complete it; you won't be able to go back to it if you stop before time is up, or if you run out of time. Questions will be presented to you one at a time, and you won't be able to flip back and redo a question. And (b) questions will cover the same assigned material but they will not necessarily be the same for everyone. Make sure you study everything before you take the test; otherwise you will fail the test--that's a guarantee--because you won't be able to answer the questions.
The link to the test and additional instructions will be posted on this page as part of Announcement No. 13, when it is posted.




ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 10
Posted 3/4/2020 

Guys: Please read and digest:

1. Homework:
(a) Go through all the announcements below, starting from the bottom. (Warning: failure to read announcements on a timely basis is an unacceptable excuse.)
(b) Do NOT send me e-mails about anything until after you have gone through all the announcements.
(c) Study your attendance record--link in the left margin of this page.
(d) Study the class Attendance/Test schedule--link in the left margin of this page.
(e) Catch up on homework, class discussions, etc. from previous announcements.

3. Class proceedings today: (a) Went over material in the next announcement below. (b) Reminded class about the link in Announcement no. 5 below. (c) Discussed procedural democracy and term-limits. See this reading. (d) Class must study the slide image at the top of the left margin of this page. (Click on the image to enlarge it.)


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 9
Posted 3/2/2020 

People: Please read and digest:

1. As indicated below, all announcements--repeat, ALL announcements--unless stated otherwise, apply to both groups.

2. Homework for Wednesday (3/4/2020): Catch up on homework, class discussions, etc. from previous announcements.

3. When you miss a class for legitimate reasons, do not send me an e-mail. Instead, complete the missed class/test form (link on the left).
 
4. Class proceedings today: (a) we went over these concepts "authentic democracy" versus "procedural democracy," "subjective interests," and "objective interests." (Objective interests connected to authentic democracy. Example of subjective interests: racism, sexism, ethnicism, etc. See the definition of "Objective Interests" in the course glossary.)
(b) AV material shown in class today: https://buffalo.box.com/v/authenticdemocracy
(c) Slide image: "What is Democracy?" (item D4 of PART K of Online Course Materials)


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 8
Posted 2/27/2020 

Guys: Please read and digest:

1. All announcements about homework, class discussions, and other matters, unless stated otherwise, apply to both groups.

2. The test coming up for both groups will be based on everything (repeat, everything) specified in Announcements Nos. 3 through 8; however, the questions for the two groups will not be the same. Before you come to class, go through the rules for tests--link is in the left column. By the way, do you know what the "lazy student rule" is?

3. Homework for Monday (3/2) next week: view and study the first half of  "Comprehending Race--Part Two (Section One)" from the FILM LIST.
NOTE: This is a repeat of assignment in Announcement No. 4, below (which also tells you how to access the FILM LIST page). (Reminder: Section Two was assigned for last week.)

4. Homework for Wednesday (3/4) next week: view and study the second half of "Comprehending Race--Part Two (Section One)" from FILM LIST.

5. When you miss a class for legitimate reasons, do not send me an e-mail. Instead, complete the missed class/test form (link on the left).
 

ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 7
Posted 2/25/2020 

People: Please read and digest:

1. Homework for Wednesday this week (2/26): (a) Go through the updated class attendance/test schedule--link on the left.  (b) Catch up on existing homework (see announcements below).

2. Class proceedings on Monday (yesterday--2/24) covered:
(a) Varieties of racism. See Section 4 of "Race/Racism" in the Course Glossary. Do you know how to get to the course glossary?
(b) "Identity Politics." See the course glossary for this term, and make sure you also study all the images.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 6
Posted 2/20/2020 

Folks: Please read and digest:

1. Homework for Wednesday next week (2/26):
(a) Study this film: "Comprehending Race--Part Two (Section Two)" from FILM LIST. (See instructions in Item no. 1 of Announcement no. 4 below on how to access the FILM LIST page).
(b) Study this reading: music and productivity.

2. Class proceedings on Wednesday this week (2/19) covered
(a) the importance of fortuitousness (chance/coincidences) in human history as an antidote to civilizational hubris--and telelogical hubris. (See Course Glossary for definition of hubris.)
(b) Institutionalized racism versus interpersonal racism. However, did not screen the video titled "Buffalo--Transportation" from the FILM LIST, which you must now see on your own.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 5
Posted 2/18/2020 

Folks: Please read and digest:

1. Homework for Monday next week (2/24):
Study these terms from the course glossary (PART B of online course assignment materials)--together with any accompanying images: Scapegoat; Stereotype; Other/Otherness; Marginality; Ideology; and Objective Interests.

2. Class proceedings yesterday, among other things, covered:
(a) above terms, plus the political economy of scapegoating. (Example: Mexicans, Muslims, recent immigrants; Latina/Latinos, etc.);
(b) PART O--sources of course content; and
(c) this web page: https://www.brookings.edu/interactives/tracking-deregulation-in-the-trump-era/  (Note: "deregulation" is almost always a code word for attacking "authentic democracy", which will be discussed in a later class.)



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 4
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. Here is a repeat of instructions from the next announcement below: 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.

2. WARNING: If you can't access PART I on your laptop then click on the "computer hygiene" link in the left margin.

3. Homework for Wednesday next week (2/19):
(a) Film: "Comprehending Race--Part Two (Section One)" from Film List.

4. Class proceedings yesterday: Video screened in class: "Buffalo--Transportation" (link is on the same page as the preceding item).

Class discussion: The fifth main function of racism in a capitalist society ("affirmative action" and unfair competition for scare resources for perpetrators of institutional racism); institutional racism versus interpersonal racism; Simple Justice: two coincidences (Felix Frankfurter..., death of Chief Justice...); etc.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 3
Posted 2/10/2020 

People:

As promised in class today, please note:

1. If  your last name, as it appear in school records, begins with any of the letters A through L, then you are in Group 1; the rest of the class belongs to Group 2. You are not allowed to switch groups.

2. Your group's attendance/test schedule is available via the link in the left margin.

3. Homework for this week: Simple Justice, available via the film list page on elegantbrain.com--as I showed you in class. Here is the click path: begin with "Online Materials for Assignments" and end up with the page that states 'INTRODUCTION (read this first)" while its left column has a listing running from PART A through PART N. Now, access the film list by clicking PART I (Films) and then scrolling down to SECTION ONE on that page.
WARNING: If you can't access PART I on your laptop then you have two choices: either clear the cache in your browser (this is called computer hygiene), or use the computers in the library and download the film to your USB drive. How do you clear your cache? Click on the computer hygiene link in the left margin.

4. Reminder, reminder about e-mails: (a) As explained in class, I don't answer e-mails on matters already covered in the syllabus; and/or announcements/links on this page; and/or e-mails sent to everyone. (This semester I am teaching about 150 students altogether--you can guess why I am mentioning this). (b) Your e-mails must always be in the format indicated in the syllabus, otherwise you may not get a response. (c) See also item 7 in the announcement below.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 2
Posted 2/6/2020 

Folks/Guys/People:

Welcome to the class home page for AAS 355 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 Monday, 2/10/2020.  

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/LionAbbreviated

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 assignments in the next announcement below.
(e) The rephrasing assignment, which you must bring with you to class, is available here.


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 is as follows:

For Monday (2/3/2020), view and study this film:
https://buffalo.box.com/v/FreeStateJones-classVersion

For Wednesday (2/5/2020), view and study this two-part film:
Part 0ne: https://buffalo.box.com/v/NewWorld-SectionOne
Part Two: https://buffalo.box.com/v/NewWorld-ClassVersion

Class syllabus

Homework from this week:
https://buffalo.box.com/v/PlacesHeart-ClassVersion

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










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