Section 1–Update for Class on Wednesday 11/4

Hi everyone in Section 1!

In class tomorrow, we will be focusing on Chapter 2 of Abu-Lughod’s Race, Space, and Riots in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.

Here are some of the main questions I would like you to please focus on for tomorrow:

  1. What are some of the characteristics that make Chicago different and especially prone to the race riots that unfolded?  You can draw connections from Ferman’s book to this question as well.
  2. What were some of the factors that contributed to the fight over space in Chicago?
  3. What were some of the underlying causes of the Riot of 1919 and what were conditions in Chicago like surrounding the time right before and during its occurrence?

Also, please read the very short article from the link below and think about how both the chapter (specifically the portion about the tragic passing of Eugene Williams) and this article can be connected to the riots in Ferguson, Baltimore, and to the Black Lives Matter movement as a whole.

http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/chicago-race-riot-of-1919

I hope you have found/find the chapter and article to be interesting and I look forward to hearing the thoughtful observations you have made in class tomorrow!  Thanks guys! 🙂

Office hours, Tuesday

My friends,

I’m sorry, I won’t be able to hold office hours at all tomorrow. The local schools have declined to educate my children tomorrow – something about elections, whatever – so I won’t be in.

However I WILL be checking email, and I will be around all day Wednesday and most of the day Thursday. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need me.

Cheers,

LM

Next reaction paper due date… and final “research paper” due date

Hi folks –

I’ve had a request to move the due date for the next reaction paper. NO problem! Let’s move it to 11/6. You can OF COURSE turn it in earlier than that date. Do recognize that the final reaction paper deadline is 11/23.

Your final “research paper” is due Dec 4th, the last day of class. It says this on the hard copy syllabus I gave you – it does not currently say this in the readings/schedule section of the blog.

**I’ve changed the time stamp on the blog, it *should* be accurate now.

More questions? Holler.

LM

Readings for Wed., Friday this week.

People,

I’m updating your readings from the syllabus (syllabus says we have some stuff TBA – this is me, announcing it.)

Section 1: (10am)

Wed: this piece by Useem breakdown.   This article is comparing 2 competing theories that aim to explain the rise of “non-routine collective action.” Focus on: what is the distinction between routine/non-routine collective action? Do you find that distinction compelling? Then try to get clear on the differences between Breakdown Theory & Resource Mobilization Theory. We WILL talk about these in class. Finally, pay attention also to the role of government repression: even if we don’t get to this Wednesday, we will explore this as we read Abu-Lughod.

Fri: this piece on anti-war movements: Lieberfeld antiwar

What does this mean about Abu-Lughod book? We will push the chapters back a day. So, read ch 1 for Monday, then roughly a chapter/day after that. Discussion leaders will update you on which chapters to focus on in advance of their discussions.

 

Section 2 (11am)

Wed: this piece: Useem breakdown      This article is comparing 2 competing theories that aim to explain the rise of “non-routine collective action.” Focus on: what is the distinction between routine/non-routine collective action? Do you find that distinction compelling? Then try to get clear on the differences between Breakdown Theory & Resource Mobilization Theory. We WILL talk about these in class. Finally, pay attention also to the role of government repression: even if we don’t get to this Wednesday, we will explore this as we read Abu-Lughod.

Fri: Ch1 of Abu-Lughod.  Also these news articles: http://www.mtv.com/news/2145392/heres-what-history-can-teach-us-about-the-baltimore-riots/

and

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/11/26/american-social-movementshavealwaysincludedriots.html

 

 

LM

FOR MONDAY

Section 1: We will talk about the documents and links under the “budget” clump (look down the list of “announcements,” you’ll find it.). Feel free to bring additional things to the table – you can feel free to post stuff for us to the blog, or bring to class.

Section 2: We will talk about the documents and links under the “University policies” clump. Again – feel free to bring additional topics and ideas to the table.

Questions? Just holler.

LM

FOR FRIDAY

Good day, intrepid Community Power students!

 

Section1 : for Friday we will be exploring the materials in the students/admin/protests section – including the Title IX complaint.

Section2: We will be looking at the policies clump of materials – to include strategic plan, alternative course model, etc.

In both cases, our goal is to explore who is making decisions, what their interests are, whose voices are being heard. So, we will talk about the content of these documents, sure, but we are doing so with the end goal of talking about the forces that shape these documents. We will also talk about what consequences/responses arise from these documents, events and experiences.

Holler with questions.

LM