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.
Unit 2a: The Classical Period of Ancient China (15th century BCE - 2nd century CE)
|Mon, Mar 11
& Wed, Mar 13
orientation to readings
*Unit 1 Guided
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, Mar 18||
iTRA #2a DUE by 1 pm
gTRA #2a in class
preliminary Application Exercise 2a
(same as above)
|Wed, Mar 20||
Application Exercise 2a
PREPARE by addressing the following scenario:
THE SCENARIO: Integration of the three projects described in scenario 1b drew enthusiastic participation not only from the targeted neighborhood but from those all around. During the weekend celebration that showcased Igbo themed sculpture, women's storytelling and historical accounts of Oak Park, many participants drew attention to the particular needs of young adults of this and surrounding neighborhoods who are in their late teens & early 20s, many of whom are drifting in the face of high unemployment and crime. So now the OPSS City Repair staff would like to develop a project specifically for this age group, and they are considering three options.
[Read the full text describing the context & criteria for choosing between these three contemporary practices:]
A. A local landscape photographer has offered to mentor a group of interested youths in her art, which requires only a simple camera; she will lend her tripods and a few special lenses to the effort. Using the local American river and nearby Sierra foothills as subject matter, she will meet with this group each weekend to teach both composition and how to present one's work.
B. A neighbor who attends Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County has expressed a wish to sponsor 10-20 youths from the neighborhood to attend a one month silent retreat there. Teaching monks for Pa Auk Monastery in Burma will come to oversee the retreat, teaching proper rules for daily life and leading meditation sessions. (See also video of daily activities at Pa Auk.)
C. A Latino family has offered to teach interested youths and their families the Day of the Dead customs they grew up with. They will begin meeting the fall to hear each family's stories of both distant ancestors and relatives recently passed, and to provide instructions on how to create a home altar with photos and objects representing the dead. At the beginning of November they will visit each others' homes for ceremonial food offerings and remembrance of the dead.
|Mon, Mar 25 &
Wed, Mar 27
||BREATHE & look around: spring is coming!