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YOUR FAILURE TO VISIT THIS PAGE REGULARLY MAY CAUSE YOU MUCH GRIEF!
THIS IS THE CLASS HOME PAGE FOR  AAS 355  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

[[]] Attendance Schedule

[[]] Syllabus Packet

[[]] Office Hours

[[]] 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. 6
Posted 2/26/2020 

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 discussion on Wednesday this week (2/24) 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 discussion 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/ 



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 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) 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 class attendance 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.


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.
(c) 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










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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