The Moxie has offered us a private showing of the documentary “I am Not Your Negro” written by James Baldwin. This documentary has received high praise and we urge you to go.
James Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His writings and work are important and moving. At some point in your high school career at u.school we will discuss James Baldwin so this would be a good insight into his life and allow you to think deeper about his work.
The showing is this Wednesday at 1:00. The cost is $8 per person. The documentary is rated PG-13. Please sign up here if you wish to go: Movie sign-up.
Parents are welcome to come as well.
Read to Chapter 5 for Wednesday’s discussion.
Check out the site from Iowa Big Schools. Many of these projects could be modified to your community: http://projectbbq.com/BBQ/public.php
This looks like an interesting class from the University of Pennsylvania. It is free and self-paced and should take around four weeks to complete working 3-4 hours per week on it. Check it out:
Think about these questions deeply – talk to your parents and friends about them before you answer or do some research if you need to. E-mail your answers back to me by Friday the 13th. Answering these questions is a required task for 2nd semester.
1. What are you going to learn?
2. How are you going to learn it?
3. How are you going to show me you are learning?
I know this is open-ended and will be hard for some of you, but go for it anyway. I am not looking for answers like “I’m going to learn what you teach me.”
I’m looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!
What is clear is that, at some point in the early ’50s, the idea of trading one’s limb for a few thousand dollars became seductive enough an option to a significant percentage of Vernon’s population. By the mid ’60s, at least 50 of Vernon’s 700 residents had joined the Nub Club by way of farming accidents, garage mishaps, hunting incidents, and so on. Although a few Vernon residents had the boldness to saw and hack off their limbs, most preferred the brevity of the shotgun blast.
Those of you looking for inspiration for your art, poetry, fiction, or lyrics. Those of you interested in the desperation of small town America. Those of you trying to understand the currents of American life that have led us to our current state of politics and economics. Those of you intrigued by the macabre and grotesque.
In preparation for Philosophy on Tuesday, please read Isaac Asimov’s The Last Question (HTML version, PDF version, Wikipedia Entry)