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Month: March 2019

Getting ready ….. !

Hello Fellows!

We’re gearing up for our D.C. trip! I hope you all are as excited as we are.

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The trip itinerary is 95% ready; we’re just waiting for information on our lunch with an immigration attorney from Ayuda.

As we discussed in class today, we’re going to meet on Sunday at 2:30 in Ryland 215 to go over further trip details. (We’ll head over to the Migration: Contested Spaces of the Mediterranean film screening in Ukrop Auditorium at approximately 3:15.) Please look over the itinerary and the “What to Bring” handout before we get together and bring any questions with you.

It’s very exciting …..

March 18th through 31st

Hello Fellows!

We hope you’ve had a wonderful, inspiring, and restorative spring break and that you’re ready to come back to campus with reinvigorated purpose and focus. We are entering a very busy time for the Fellows program. This post will update you on the next few weeks, culminating in our site visit to D.C. (As you might imagine, this process is bringing out the control-freak in me; please be patient with my need to work through details …)

  1. In class on Tuesday, March 19th and Thursday, March 21st we will have two visitors: Dr. Lidia Radi, associate professor of French and Italian, and Sara Cone, from Career Services. There will be no daily assignments for these two days–instead, you should be working on:
    1. Your literary analysis paper, due Monday, March 25th at 5pm;
    2. The curation assignment;
    3. Your bibliography assignment for the final research proposal (assignment prompt to come).
  2. We have posted the Curation Assignment prompt for the D.C. trip under the Assignments page. Please read it over and bring questions on the assignment to class on Tuesday, March 19th.
  3. On Thursday, March 21st, we will go over details for the D.C. trip. I’m hoping to have the itinerary for you to look at in the next few days.
  4. The Migration: Contested Spaces of the Mediterranean conference runs from March 24th – 26th. In a separate blog post, we have posted the parameters for our involvement in the conference. Please look over the schedule and come to class on Thursday having selected which events you will attend.

The second half of the semester involves a great many moving parts and a lot of independent work. It’s going to require advanced planning and time management on all our parts. This is an excellent opportunity for you to practice your skills at organization, long-term planning, and follow through! Remember: we should be 🐢, not 🐇 … steady work and sustained performance will win out over a last minute dash every time!

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Best,

Dr. Cheever

 

Migration: The Contested Spaces of the Mediterranean Conference

Hello Fellows!

As you know, the Migration: The Contested Spaces of the Mediterranean conference will run from March 24th – 26th. Below we’ve outlined the panels and programs that you will be expected to attend:

March 24th Film Screening: “Un Posto Altrove” and follow-up discussion. (Ukrop Auditorium, 3:30pm).

March 25th: Fellows are required to attend two events: choose among a “Meet the Writer” session (at 10:30am or 1:30pm) or the Dean’s Remarks (4pm) and one Keynote Address (at 9:00am or 3:00pm).

March 26th: In lieu of our class meeting, we will attend the Roundtable Discussion: Immigration Policies and Practices in Contemporary Italy (Carol Weinstein Int. Center Commons).

Please look over the description of the events and bring your personal schedule to class with you on Thursday, March 21st.

Best,

Dr. Cheever

 

Bluesman Buddy Guy

Hello Fellows!

If you’re looking for something to read as  you travel to your spring break adventures, we suggest “Holding the Note: Is the guitarist and singer Buddy Guy the last bluesman?”  by David Remnick, the editor of the New Yorker. It resonates perfectly with our conversations about the Great Migration and, particularly, our discussion with Dr. Love on the blues. References to Robert Johnson, “blue notes,” the pull of migration, segregation, fathers and sons, the three chords (the one, the four, and the five) and the twelve bars … it’s all here!

Have a glorious break, fellows! We look forward to hearing all about it when you return.

Best,

Dr. Cheever & Dr. Drell

Literary Analysis Assignment

Hello Fellows!

I’ve posted the literary analysis assignment under the Assignments 2019 tab. Please take a look. The paper will be due on Monday, February 25th by 5:00pm. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great break!

Best,

Dr. Cheever

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