Archive for March, 2014

For Tuesday, 4/1 (SOC 240)

March 27, 2014
  1. The midterm is due at the start of class. No excuses: if you’re worried about being delayed by the MTA or what have you, email a copy ahead of time so I have proof that you finished on time.
  2. There’s no reading for next time, contrary to what the syllabus indicates; turn in your paper and we’ll watch a cinematic classic (it will be a different one from the classic originally planned).
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For Tuesday, 4/1 (SOC 201)

March 27, 2014

I’ve decided to go back to blogging class bidnazz: it’s easier to access archived posts compared to the ‘death by a thousand clicks’ to be experienced on the John Jay website; and it’s a lot easier to post links to stuff I’ve referred to in class or want to suggest as relevant to upcoming readings (plus, you can add comments or questions to the blog post instead of emailing me at an account that I only check sporadically). Here then, are your marching orders for Tuesday:

  1. Richard Florida, ‘Cities and the Creative Class’* (PK: Guelmis Mora)
  2. Richard Florida and Elizabeth Currid, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’*; Elizabeth Currid, ‘The New Bohemia and Why We Must Save It’* (PK: Katherine Diaz)
  3. We’ll discuss the reading originally scheduled for 4/1 (Chauncey, ‘Building Gay Neighborhood Enclaves’) on 4/3

For Thursday, 3/27

March 25, 2014

I never blog anymore. But come to think of it, that’s just about what I’ve been doing on Blackboard announcements, so why not just move all that announcing to a more media-friendly format? Anyway, here’s our agenda for next class:

  1. Please read Booth et al., ‘Drafting Your Report’ (Chapter 13 of The Craft of Research). How does your paper fare with regard to the advice given in this chapter and in Ch. 16 (‘Introductions and Conclusions’)?
  2. We’ll continue with our research paper workshops. If all went to plan, you should have discussed two of the papers in your group, leaving two to discuss on Thursday. Print out scoring guides for each of the papers to discuss, go down the list making comments, and staple the guide to the end of your copy of each paper. That should provide a handy summary of your feedback to the author.

Random Tunes for Tuesday! Here’s an album I recently discovered while tracking down the original sample from Nas’ ‘The World Is Yours’. Check out the second track (first track doesn’t augur well, but things improve).

I can’t believe I’d never really wondered where that sample came from before! Luckily, I happened upon this interview with Pete Rock and started sleuth–okay, Googling.