Today we started off class discussing what segregation looks like today. We wrote it down on this handout: the-problem-we-all-live-with-worksheet
That work sheet also has you looking at three of our over-arching questions for the semester:
a) Where does literature reveal a disconnect between our words, actions and values as Americans?
b) What should the American government take away from American literature?
c) Is there a universal American experience or struggle?
Then we listened to “The Problem We All Live With” part 1. You can listen to it here: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/562/the-problem-we-all-live-with and you can find a transcript here: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/562/transcript
Please listen to part 1 on your own if you missed class today. We’ll listen to part 2 tomorrow (and connect it to the questions afterwards).
Today we went over the homework from Tuesday. If you haven’t already posted it or given it to me, make sure I get it from you.
Then we looked through the book looking for deontological and utilitarian arguments from our three main superheroes: Iron Man, Captain America and Spider-Man. Get the quotes from a classmate who has the notes.
Please finish Civil War for tomorrow.
Today in class we read Act II Scene II and as much of Scene III as possible. For Thursday, please finish scene III so we can start some discussions on housing discrimination and gentrification.
Today we looked at two competing philosophies appearing in Civil War: utilitarianism and deontology. Here are the class notes: deontology-consequentialism
Then, we read the-ones-who-walk-away-from-omelas. Post the answers to the following two questions in the comments before Thursday:
1) Explain how this story can be both deontologist and utilitarian. As always, back up your opinions and ideas with quotes from the text.
2) Are you more of a deontologist or a utilitarian? How would your guiding philosophy inform your beliefs about whether or not you would stay in or leave Omelas?
Today your first drafts of your “Your People, Your Identity” essays were due. Get me the draft before 11:59 (with a hard copy in my hands tomorrow) for it to be on time.
In class today we read Act II Scene I (it ends on page 95). If you missed class today please read this before class tomorrow.
Today your annotated bibliographies were due. Get them to me by 11:59 (with a hard copy in my hands tomorrow) if you want it to be on time.
Also, please finish Civil War for Friday. Tomorrow we’re going to start looking at two philosophical arguments to begin applying to the text.
Today we started Marvel’s Civil War. We only read the first few pages, so if you missed class today it will be easy to catch up on Thursday. We also started class with a power point asking some very black/white philosophical and moral questions – variations of which will appear in the themes of the book. intro-to-moral-philosophies-in-civil-war
Remember, your annotated bibliography for V for Vendetta is due on Monday.