Breaks from reality:
John Oliver on the Filibuster – this has come up in the debates and is way more critical than I realized. Do we end the filibuster or gerrymandering or the electoral college only if it benefits our current party? Or do we end them because they violate the basic ethical norms of society? I’m going with the latter…
And to lower your blood pressure after that crap: Can dogs love cats too much?
Ted Talk: How the way English is taught silences students of color – The idea of NOT grading papers based on ideas grounded in colonialism is taught in an (optional) continuing education course available to UT professors and TAs. It profoundly changed how I teach writing flags. More of us need to take this, and take it in.
NPR: The Economists – an interview with an author on his book on the rise of economists as a social and political power in the US. We discussed briefly in 347. Highly recommended if you want to dig deeper into the conflation of unregulated capitalism with democracy.
Hasan Minhaj on Policing in America – Serious trigger warning here. It is, however, really informative if you’ve ever asked yourself, “How the hell does this keep happening?” when nobody ever gets prosecuted for killing unarmed people of color. Beyond the obvious aspects of systemic racism, there is some really effed up, but mostly hidden structural stuff that protects cops who violate the law to the exclusion of all else. Minhaj does a really good job of unpacking some of it.
On a lighter note:
Lizzo and Cookie Monster
I’m going to post stuff I’ve referenced in my classes and other things you might find interesting. Not required, but maybe useful.
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness (podcast): What is techno-chauvinism? (it’s not exactly what you think – but it links up nicely with Oliver’s piece on bias)
- We take attendance for EVERY class, except for the first week of school and otherwise noted. Attendance is 25% of your grade.
- Excused absences are those that are documented through the Dean of Students office, and infectious sicknesses with documentation (like the flu).
- Absences that can be made up (with some limitations) are school-related activities such as sports, debate team, etc, post-graduation job interviews, and grad school interviews.
- These MUST be cleared in advance with me. You are responsible for finishing your makeup work before the end of the semester.
- Unexcused absences include: work, sleeping in, mild illness, your computer dying, etc.
- If you are absent 3 or fewer times during the semester, you will get a bonus of 8 attendance points at the end of the semester.
- I do not take absences personally. You know how much time and energy you have vs. the demands of your life. Just don’t ask me to give you points for classes you did not attend.
- If you have SSD accommodations that include absences, please make an appointment with me at the beginning of the semester and we will discuss options.
- Ask permission, not forgiveness. I am much more likely to work with you if I know what your needs are in advance or as soon as possible.
My schedule is kind of nuts this semester, so here’s the deal:
Tuesday 10-12 in my office are my only non-appointment hours. Current students will be given priority, but all are welcome.
I have an hour break in between my classes MWF from 12-1. If you need a quick chat, follow me to my office and tell me if I get kale stuck in my teeth while I’m scarfing down lunch. Do this at your own risk.
Appointments – I can meet on campus or off campus Tuesdays and Thursdays until 2pm, and I will squeeze in a weekend off campus meeting for special situations.
As you (meaning those of you who have taken my classes before) know, I have a variety of guest speakers present during the semester. Some of them you have seen before, and some of the presentations are the same. Some are not. Here is a list of presentations you can either skip if you saw them in a previous semester, or skip one of if you are taking two or more classes during the semester with the same presentation:
- Center for Child Protection
- Meg’s presentation on LBGTQ parenting
- Seedling Mentors
You must notify me and the TA if you want to get attendance for the one you skip. Do this via email to the TA, and cc me. Here are the ones you can’t skip:
- Blanton Museum
- Dr. Reiz on attachment theory
- All other scheduled presentations/guest speakers/instructors