Archives for the month of: November, 2015

Here are the sign up sheets for presentations.  Your presentation should be a 5 minute presentation offering the “highlights” of your e-portfolio.  These will be timed.  There will be 3-5 minutes for Q&A after your presentation.  In your presentation, you will use your in-progress e-portfolio to “show and tell” some of your favorite parts of your work from this course.  Your final project should be the featured element of your presentation, but it should not be the entire content of your presentation.

The “don’t steal someone else’s spot” and related rules for conferences apply here.

You are signing up for a day, not for a specific timeslot or order within the day.  In other words, you are signing up to present on December 7, not to present first, or last, or second, or whatever, on December 7.  We will decide the order on each day of the presentations.

Only four spots on each day are open now.  Once those are full on all four days, I will open up the blacked-out spots on each day.  This is to ensure that we have an adequate number of presentations each day.

Please try to arrive to class a few minutes early on the day of your presentation.

VERY IMPORTANT: make sure you use the sign-up sheet appropriate to your section of the course (1:00 PM or 2:30 PM).

1:00 PM sign-up sheet

2:30 PM sign-up sheet


Please use this spreadsheet to sign up for your conference during the week of November 30.

There are a few rules for this spreadsheet: please follow them.

1. Sign up for one spot and one spot only. If you change your mind, sign up for a new blank timeslot and remove your name from your old one.

2. Don’t steal someone else’s spot by deleting their name and typing yours in instead. If you really need a specific timeslot, sign up early!

3. Don’t create new timeslots! If you’re late to the party and you don’t find a timeslot you like, the solution is NOT to randomly create a new timeslot!

4. Don’t delete the breaks! You want your professor to be alert and attentive during your conference, right?

(Rules 2, 3, and 4 all relate to the problem of finding a timeslot. If you are having a lot of trouble finding an existing open timeslot that works for you, email me and let’s strategize.)

5. When it comes time for your conference, please wait in the hallway a few steps away from my office, near classrooms B-336 and B-337. This is for everyone’s privacy during the conference. Please try to arrive 5 minutes early, but don’t come directly to my office, because someone else is probably doing their conference. Just wait in the hallway and I’ll let you know when we’re ready to go. When you’re waiting, please wait quietly, in order to be kind to my office neighbors. If five minutes after your scheduled conference time have passed, (in other words, if you were scheduled for 4:30 and it’s now 4:35) please come and knock on my door and let me know you’re waiting.

Please come to your conference with a problem that you are encountering in working on your final project.  You are encouraged to bring printouts of drafts, or your laptop or tablet, so that we can work together to help to advance your progress on the project.

A video on the allegory of the cave.

For class on November 23, we will consider the questions of the needs of the human spirit and the relationship of work to the rest of our lives.

Please read:

Excerpts from Simone Weil’s “The Needs of the Soul”, from The Need for Roots

Theodor Adorno, “Work and Pleasure” from The Stars Down to Earth


Don’t forget, on Wednesday, 11/25, we will meet in the e-portfolio lab for a working day.

Today, we are considering the question, “How should we live?”  One of the thinkers we are reading associated with this question is Viktor Frankl.  Here is a video from 1972 where Frankl expresses some of his thoughts.  There is no need to watch this in advance of class; I’m putting it here so that I can find it more easily for us to watch during class.

Please read the following for the week of 11/16.  Each reading is relatively short–Notch, Herman, and Adorno and Horkheimer are only about two pages each.

Plato, the Allegory of the Cave, from The Republic

Notch, “How Piracy Works”

Kimberly B. Herman, “Who Owns Vernacular Memorial Art?”

Excerpts from Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, “The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception”

Excerpts from Michel Foucault, “What Is An Author?”

BHCC’s Student Activities office has arranged a screening of a movie, The Power of the Heart. The screening will take place on this Thursday, November 5, at 6pm, in our A-300 auditorium.  Although I have not seen the movie yet, from what I have read, it involves a wide range of people–Isabel Allende, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Maya Angelou, Paulo Coelho, and others–speaking about their personal philosophies, particularly with respect to ideas about intuition, gratitude, forgiveness, and love.  It sounds like the sort of thing that might be quite interesting to people like us who study philosophy!

You can view the trailer here:

And you can sign up here: