…that on Thursday we will meet in the Gallery of The Magnes to view Emmanuel Witzthum’s installation. The projection will begin at 9:40 sharp, and will last 20 minutes. (We can sit on the floor. If anyone needs a different accommodation, which can be arranged, please email me). We will then listen to Witzthum’s presentation in the auditorium and continue our discussion there.

At this point — based on your (amazing) weekly written responses, and on the heated conversation we are having during the lectures — I am feeling quite positive about the fact that everyone taking this class has enough well-sharpened critical tools to carry on an engaging conversation with our guest lecturer. (The debate that followed the sampling of slimy propaganda I presented in class today is a further proof to that). I am counting on everyone to raise a host of critical issues and ask pointed questions, just as you have been doing thus far.

An additional, equally gentle (and equally firm) reminder to everyone is that this Thursday you must submit an abstract for your class project:

Projects involve working on a specific topic, carried on by individual students or by small groups (max 3 students). In order to accomplish these projects you need to: select a topic, find fellow students with whom you want to work, and consult with the instructor so that you can submit a proposal (a title and a few written lines, or abstract, due by March 1st), and, if you wish, a prompt. All students find different learning paths: consulting with the instructor will help you to focus on your own interests, expand your research tools, and learn how to most effectively manage the resources offered by the syllabus, together with those available at or through the University Library. Projects can consist of papersclass presentations and/or performances. You are required to complete at least one project, or you may want to combine two of them (i.e., a presentation and a short paper). All assignments involve a certain degree of writing, but also draw on other skills. The starting points of these assignments are found more often than not in your syllabus: read it thoroughly!