Welcome and Introductions (Due 6/1)

Welcome to ENG 2400: Films from Literature!

Below is our First Day Checklist, due 6/1.  I will post our  Week 1 assignment Tuesday 6/1.

Please be sure to read over the Syllabus and Course Schedule (under COURSE INFO), and watch the Site Orientation video. If you want to get started with the reading, everything is in the schedule. 

  • Check out my introduction (Course Info–> Our Community)
  • Post your own introduction paragraph
    • To write a new post, click the + sign at the top of the page, fill in the subject heading, add your info and click on ADD MEDIA to upload a photo of yourself or something you enjoy (pet/place in the world/ favorite food/ etc.  You can elaborate on your chosen photo in your Intro. When you are done, to publish your post, scroll down and check off OUR COMMUNITY in the Category Sticky and Categories. Click Publish. Note: You can choose to link to a video intro of yourself, instead of writing, if you prefer. (You’d need to include a link to the video)
    • In your intro, include your pronouns , how you would like to be addressed, where you are from, where you reside now, your academic interests/ major,  favorite film (include director, title, and year) and why, and anything else you’d like to include.
    • Before next class, check back to read your classmates’ responses and reply to a few. What are some things we have in common? What are we learning from each other or encouraging each other to contemplate?
    • We are all in this together! I look forward to working with you.


  1. Al Saffie

    Hello all…my name is AL, I am new to using this online platform, hope I’m doing this right. I am and engineering student at NYCCT in the final year of the bachelor program. I love film, especially foreign films…some of which have inspired my life events, like my engagement, marriage, and honeymoon…I look forward to watching and learning a lot from this class, being optimistic!

    • Caroline Chamberlin Hellman

      Hi AL,
      Welcome to 2400! Congratulations on your immense progress in Engineering. Please tell us more about the connection between particular foreign films and real life events! (If you’re comfortable and so inclined) These are tantalizing details!

      • Al Saffie

        My wife and I love Paris, we usually search for French language films set in that wonderful city, and also Italy. Some of our favorites are : “Les émotifs anonymes”, “LOLO”, “Two days in Paris”, “Roman Holiday”,…(list goes on). We were engaged in the Eiffel tower (stole that idea), We road-tripped through France and Italy, (“Under the Tuscan sun”, “Paris can wait”, “A good year”). We also renewed our vows in Verona (“Letters to Juliet”)…a lot of our inspirations are derived by movies we enjoy.

  2. Wilmer U. Chavez

    Charles Chaplin “ The Immigrant”

    My response as a viewer after watching the short movie “ The Immigrant,” by Charles Chaplin is that is incredible that this short film was created in 1917 and all these Chaplin’s moods and scenarios that are presented, nowadays are still happening to immigrant people. Consequently, the emotions and reactions that I had while I was watching it were of nostalgic, and sadness because this short film reminds me when I emigrated from El Salvador to the United States and even though we had the lucky that we entered to the country legally, we felt worried because we did not know what the life or destiny was preparing us. Furthermore, I liked the film because how difficult can be emigrate to the United States and how difficult can be at the beginning. However, I did not like the last part when Chaplin wanted to get married the woman even though all the problems that they were going through.

    “Home” by Warsan Shire

    As a reader I respond to this poem that it is amazing because as the author wrote no body leave home unless must leave home. My reactions to this poem are fear and sadness because while I was reading this poem reminds me how beautiful is my native country El Salvador and how dangerous can be at the same time. Furthermore, reminds me how difficulty can be the life here in the United States for Immigrant people and no body wants to leave home but in most cases they must do it. Besides, the particular quote that was compelling to me was the quote that was in the lines number 24-28 “ No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land. No one burn their palms under trains beneath carriages.” This quote is compelling to me because while I was reading it reminded me people that emigrate in boats from Cuba to The United States and all the risk that they are taking. Furthermore, the quote “ No one burn their palms under trains beneath carriages,” this quote reminds me people that is trying to come from South, Central America or Mexico to the United States and trying to get on a train they lost a part of their body, or they lost their life.

    Large-Landscape Question

    We study humanities because we can create a better world because through this study we can get knowledge of art, music, movies. At the same time, we could be able to produce them. Furthermore, in my opinion we must study humanities because become wider our knowledge and topics of conversation with more people or the demonstration of skills. Open us the opportunity of get into more social groups. Furthermore, we watch films to get entertained, to learn life lessons, and to appreciate art.

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