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Use this week to catch up on late/missing posts. Attend Annie Correal’s Lecture this Thursday 11/19 (1-2:15) for Extra Credit!

  1. Hi Everyone: Be sure to catch up with any missing/late work this week. We will begin our discussion of the Woman’s Rights Movement next week. I am offering EXTRA CREDIT, however, for reading Annie Correal’s “Love and Black Lives, in Pictures Found on a Brooklyn Street” and attending her Zoom lecture this Thursday 11/19 (1-2:15 pm). Correal is a New York Times author who will be speaking to City Tech students about writing her essay and her job as a journalist.  I will give you EXTRA CREDIT if you post your thoughts on the event (BELOW). The event is being organized and hosted by Professor Caroline Hellman and promises to be both lively and informative.


DATE AND TIME:  Thursday, November 19, at 1:00

Please join us for New York Times journalist Annie Correal’s visit with the City Tech community. Correal will be discussing her trajectory as a writer and the story behind her 2017 article “Love and Black Lives, in Pictures Found on a Brooklyn Street.”   

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Week 12: Joe Biden/Kamala Harris Have Been Elected!

Hi Students,

So we have a winner and a new President! Especially historic is our first female Vice President: Kamala Harris!!!  In two weeks, we will be discussing the woman’s rights movement (alongside the Civil Rights movement) that helped pave the way for this and so many other “glass ceilings” to finally be broken.  Here is an excerpt of her inspiring acceptance speech for you to enjoy in the meantime.

I also want to point out your excellent work responding to Emerson’s influential essays “Self-Reliance” and the “American Scholar.”  Many of you gave fascinating examples of the importance of thinking for ourselves as well as the challenges we often face in trying to do just that.

For next week, I ask that you read the work of his equally famous disciple Henry David Thoreau, who took “self-reliance” to a whole new level.  In 1845, influenced by Emerson, Thoreau built a simple cabin in the woods near Walden Pond and lived there for two years.  His aim was to get away from the pressures of society and “live deliberately” and truly find himself. The result of his remarkable experiment was published in Walden, or Life in the Woods (1854).  It was at Walden Pond that Thoreau also wrote his famous political essay about resisting the government when it acts immorally.  This essay is called “Civil Disobedience” and has had a massive influence on passive resisters and protest movements including Ghandi, Martin Luther King, and the heroic participants of the recent Black Lives Matter.  I ask that you

  1. Watch an interesting recent video on Thoreau filmed at Walden Pond
  2. Read “Where I Live and What I Lived For” (Chapter 2) from Walden

3. Read excerpts from  Civil Disobedience

4. Post a response to either “Walden,” “Civil Disobedience,” or the Walden documentary.

Keep up the great work.

Week 11: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Transcendentalism, and The American Renaissance

Please watch my video lecture first:

By Monday, Nov. 9, please read two essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

  1. “Self-Reliance”,
  2. Excerpts from “The American Scholar”

Post a response to one passage (or quote) from each essay. In your post, include an example in society, or from your own experiences, that connects to Emerson’s ideas. Be sure to read the posts of students before you and try to choose a passage that has not been written on. Have fun with these rich and thoughtful essays.

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