All readings in this schedule should ideally be completed by the day under which they are listed, although this requirement is only assessed during TRAs and Application Exercise . All numbers in the schedule are page numbers unless otherwise noted.
CAUTION: I will probably be making revisions to on-line materials before we discuss them in class. Therefore WAIT until that time to print out materials you wish to have on hand, such as terms, excerpts and assignment guidelines.
ON-LINE READINGS: If you click on a link to Encyclopedia Britanicca on-line from off-campus, you will initially b e directed to an authentication page that asks you to enter your Saclink ID and password. WARNING: make sure that you use these links to access EB; going through the library's database page may lead to different material, which will likely confuse you when preparing for TRAs.
Unit 1b: The Classical Period of Medieval India (3rd - 10th century CE)
Mon, Feb 25
orientation to readings
FIND TERMS & EXCERPTS from the reading guide in these primary sources:
FIND * TERMS from the reading guide in these overviews:
BROWSE on-line information regarding similar contemporary practices:
|Mon, March 4||
iTRA #1b DUE by 1 pm
gTRA #1b in class
preliminary Application Exercise 1b
(same as above)
|Wed, March 6||
Application Exercise 1b
"Indian Images Collected" (ASA: RDR, 28-34)
PREPARE by addressing the following scenario:
THE SCENARIO: After consulting with you about the events proposed in scenario 1a, OPSS City Repair decided to come up with some kind of event for their central intersection—which is now an increasingly popular gathering place (see the "Transform Space Into Place")—that would establish common ground between all neighbors rather than focusing on different religious practices. City Repair staff have communicated to interested neighbors that they want to find ways to draw on existing relationships in the neighborhood (i.e., the "social web") to create a practice in which neighbors will be actively participate and that they will want to perpetuate.
[Read the full text describing the context & criteria for choosing between these three contemporary practices:]
A. A senior African-American man, who has been making art all his life as a hobby, recently saw an Igbo mask at a museum exhibit and was reminded of his grandmother's proud stories of the Igbo tribe (current day Nigeria) resisting colonizing forces. He wants to gather African American, Latino and Caucasian neighbors to help him create sculptures and a mural for the intersection that draw on this powerful Igbo symbol.
B. A Sacramento State professor has lived nearby in Oak Park for several decades and gathered local stories of past and present. She is now writing a novel showcasing local characters and would like to read highlights of it at an intersection gathering.
C. One neighborhood woman is a longtime member of the Fenix Drum and Dance Company, which has recently created a Black History Month performance that "chronicles the lives of women of African descent through a series of dramatic monologues set to haunting drumbeats and against a backdrop of colorful handmade quilts" (see company web site). They propose to bring this performance to the newly popular neighborhood intersection.