If you couldn’t make it to the 2nd Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium, you can watch videos of all of the presentations including Samuel R. Delany’s keynote address here.
A CULTURAL HISTORY OF
C O L L O Q U I U M
A Cultural History of Digital Technology: Humanities Perspectives
MONDAY DECEMBER 18, 2017, 1:00- 5:00PM
VOORHEES THEATER, 186 JAY STREET, BROOKLYN, NY
JULIET FLOYD PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
SCOTT HARTLEY AUTHOR – THE FUZZIE AND THE TECHIE: HOW THE LIBERAL ARTS WILL RULE THE DIGITAL WORLD, AND VENTURE CAPITALIST
TONY HEY AUTHOR – THE COMPUTING UNIVERSE: JOURNEY THROUGH A REVOLUTION, AND CHIEF DATA SCIENTIST AT THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL, UK
STEPHEN WOLFRAM AUTHOR – A NEW KIND OF SCIENCE, PRESIDENT/FOUNDER OF WOLFRAM MATHEMATICA |WOLFRAM ALPHA
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Register to attend and write about the presentations that you visit. In at least 250 words, tell me who you heard speaking and what you learned.
During the first part of today’s class, let’s take part in an exercise meant to help you better understand paraphrasing and quoting.
In a comment made to this blog post, write these three things:
- An APA citation for the article that you read for today’s class. It’s been awhile since our last class, so I hope that you read a very interesting article to use.
- Choose one paragraph in the article that’s about something interesting. It could be a paragraph about something that the article taught you about. It could be a paragraph defining something. It could be a paragraph that describes a person, place, or thing in detail. The idea is to choose a paragraph with substance to it. After you’ve found it, read it again several times. I mean it. Read it carefully. Load its knowledge into your mind. Then, close your magazine. Put it away for the time being. Next, write a sentence that summarizes in your own words the paragraph that you picked. Now, open the magazine again so that you can write an in-text citation at the end of your paraphrase. You already have the author’s last name and date in your APA citation. You need to find the page number in your magazine that the paragraph appears on. With that information, you can add the in-text citation at the end of your sentence like this example from the Purdue OWL website: APA style is a difficult citation format for first-time learners (Jones, 1998, p. 199).
- Now, find a sentence in another paragraph that contains a nugget of information. This means a sentence that tells us something or explains something or defines something. Use all or part of this sentence to create a sentence contained a direct quotation or quote from the article. When you quote something from a source, you should never place a quote in your writing separate from what you have to say. Instead, you should incorporate your quote into your writing. For example: Hugo Gernsback defines his term “scientifiction” as “a charming romance intermingled with scientific fact and prophetic vision” (1926, p. 3). Before it was called science fiction, “scientifiction” was defined as “a charming romance intermingled with scientific fact and prophetic vision” (Gernsback, 1926, p. 3). While some readers might like their science fiction to be “a charming romance intermingled with scientific fact and prophetic vision” (Gernsback, 1926, p.3), I prefer SF to be more focused on the science than the characters.
After you’ve completed these three things, copy and paste them into a single comment made to this blog post. If you have questions as you are working, remember to ask questions, because these skills will help you as your get further in your reports.
View the program here.
You’ve read a number of articles for these beginning of class writing assignments so far this semester. This assignment is a personal reflection on the types and topics of the articles that you’ve selected.
First, mouseover the title of our OpenLab site “ENG1133 Specialized Communication for Technology Students,” right click on “Dashboard,” and left click on “Open in New Tab.” This will leave the OpenLab site open in one tab and the Dashboard open in another tab.
Second, in the Dashboard tab, click on Comments. Then, type in your name or username in the Search box on the right and click “Search Comments.” This will load all of your comments.
Third, look at the titles of the articles that you’ve read for our class. Consider the articles and the topics that they covered.
Fourth, write a brief memo addressed to me with the subject “Article Reflections.” In your memo, describe the article that you read for today’s class and discuss it in relation to the other articles that you’ve read. Do they all share a similar theme? Are articles about different things? How might your reflection help you choose articles in the future to enrich your learning? You do not have to name each article in your reflection, but you should discuss the topics or themes of the articles you read in the past.
Fifth, write an APA bibliographic citation for the article that you read for today’s class at the end of your memo.
Finally, copy-and-paste your memo into a comment made to this blog post. Put your plan into action for selecting your next article. Consider other articles and possibly other magazines than you’ve read in class so far.
In addition to The New York Times (which you can get for free digitally using your City Tech email address), the Guardian newspaper in the UK is a good source of news–general and specific to the workplace. For example, this article published today reveals how surveillance is becoming an increasing reality in the workplace. As we use our digital devices in the workplace more, employers are using technology to monitor employees.
For today’s beginning of class writing assignment, you will have an opportunity to explain an idea found in your article for today’s class to two different audiences: a 7 year old and a college student.
First, create a new memo addressed to Professor Ellis with the subject “Reaching different audiences.”
Next, find one an idea, concept, technology, or process in your article. Write one sentence explaining that you will write copy for explaining what this is to two different audiences: a 7 year old and a college student.
Then, write two short paragraphs explaining the topic to each age group. Think about what someone in each group will know, what they need to know, and how to explain it using appropriate language.
Finally, write an APA bibliographic entry for your article.
Copy-and-paste your memo into a comment made to this blog post.
Today, we’ll begin with this brief writing assignment using the reading that you brought into today’s class, and then we’ll spend most of today’s class working on your research project.
The beginning of class writing assignment is a memo delegating responsibility for researching topics for an upcoming meeting. You are the person designated to lead this project, so you will do the delegating. As a team leader, it’s important that you learn about your co-workers so that when you delegate responsibility, you do so by giving the right task to the right worker. You’ll have a chance to try this out on this assignment by imagining how your co-workers’ skills make them suited for researching a topic found in the article that you read for today’s class.
For this assignment, you will need to do some prep work that will take a few moments. First, identify three topics, names, companies, etc. in your article that one could research further. Second, make up two co-workers’ names, which you will use in your delegating.
Now, write a brief memo addressed to your two co-workers (memo block: to, from, date, subject). Begin your memo explaining that you all have been tasked with preparing a talk based on this article that you had read followed by a colon and a blank line:
Write your APA Bibliographic entry for your article here.
Then, explain that management has asked you to lead this team. Next, write that you will research topic [name the first topic], because [give a reason supporting why you will research this topic]. [Give name of first co-worker], please research [name of second topic], because [give a meaningful reason]. [Give name of second co-worker], please research [name of third topic], because [give a meaningful reason].
Finally, set a deadline for the research and tentatively set a date and time for you all to meet and discuss your results.
Copy-and-paste your work into a comment made to this blog post.
Today’s beginning of class writing will be very brief, because we want to spend more time on your research project. Your response for this writing assignment includes two parts.
First, write a summary of the article that you read that is only 140 characters long. How will you do this? Twitter, until recently, limited posts or “tweets” to 140 characters. This limitation actually opens new opportunities for how you think and write. Instead of being too verbose, you have to focus what you say with a laser-like intensity. Use this online tool to write your summary.
Second, write an APA bibliographic entry for the article that you read for today’s class. Your APA bibliographic entry does not have a character count. It may be as long as necessary.
Third, copy-and-paste your 140-character summary and APA bibliographic entry into a *single* comment (your one comment will include your summary and citation) made in response to this blog post to receive credit for your work.