Reading and Assignment Schedule

Note:  Online course reserves can be found here: http://library.rit.edu/find/course-reserves.html

Tuesday 10 March

1.    Introductory remarks
2.    View Keynote Address—2004 Democratic Convention

Thursday 12 March

1.    Babak Elahi and Grant Cos: “The Immigrant’s Dream and the Audacity of Hope”
2.    Barack Obama:  “Keynote Address—2004 Democratic Convention”
(Both available through online course reserves)
3.    Recommended:  Arnold Schwarzenegger:  “Remarks at the Republican National Convention” (http://gov.ca.gov/speech/2889/)

Tuesday 17 March

1.    Barack Obama: Dreams From My Father, pp. 1-129
2.    Mary Antin: Introduction to The Promised Land (online course reserves)

Thursday 19 March

1.    William James:  “The Present Dilemma in Philosophy” and “What Pragmatism Means” (online course reserves)

Tuesday 24 March

1.    Booker T. Washington: “The Atlanta Exposition Speech” at http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/WASHINGTON/ch14.html
2.    W.E.B. DuBois: “Of Booker T. Washington” at http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DUBOIS/ch03.html

Thursday 26 March

1.    John Dewey:  “Creative Democracy—The Task Before Us,” “The Basic Values and Loyalties of Democracy,” and “Democratic Ends Need Democratic Methods for Their Realization” (online course reserves)
2.    Barack Obama: The Audacity of Hope, Chapter 1:  “Republicans and Democrats”

Tuesday 31 March

1.    Richard Rorty:  “Pragmatism, Relativism, and Irrationalism” and “On Ethnocentrism”
2.    Barack Obama: “The American Promise—Acceptance Speech at the Democratic Convention” (online course reserves)

Thursday 2 April:  Essay #1 due in class

1.    Martin Luther King, Jr.:  “I Have a Dream”
2.    Malcolm X: “The White Man Is a Devil” and “My Voice Helped Save America”
3.    Barack Obama: “A More Perfect Union—‘The Race Speech’”
(online course reserves)

Tuesday 7 April

1.    Barack Obama:  Dreams From My Father, pp. 133-295

Thursday 9 April

1.    Malcolm X: “Saved” from The Autobiography of Malcolm X
2.    Piri Thomas: “Barroom Sociology” from Down these Mean Streets (selections)
(online course reserves)

Tuesday 14 April

1.    Richard Posner: Law, Pragmatism, and Democracy (selections available through online course reserves)

Thursday 16 April:  Essay #2 due in class

1.    Roberto Unger:  The Self Awakened (selections)
2.    Alice Walker: “Everyday Use”
(online course reserves)

Tuesday 21 April

1.    Manuel  Castells, “The Politic of the Internet 1: Computer Networks, Civil Society, and the State” (Handout)

2. Also: Explore Obama/Biden Website and the White House Website, especially the Policy page and the policy on technology.

Thursday 23 April

1.    Ngugi wa Thiong’o: “National Identity and Imperialist Domination: The Crisis of Culture in Africa Today” (online course reserves)
2.    Barack Obama: Dreams From My Father, pp. 299-345

Tuesday 28 April

1.    Barack Obama: Dreams From My Father, pp. 346-457

Thursday 30 April

1.    Barack Obama: The Audacity of Hope,  Chapters 2 (“Values”) and 3 (“Our Constitution”)

Tuesday 5 May

1.    Patricia Williams: “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and “An Ordinary Brilliance” from Seeing a Color-Blind Future (selections available through online corse reserves)
2.    Barack Obama: The Audacity of Hope:  Chapter 7:  “Race”

Thursday 7 May

1.    Cornel West: “On Prophetic Pragmatism” (selections) and “Putting on Our Democratic Armor” (online course reserves)

Tuesday 12 May

1.    Panel Presentations

Thursday 14 May

1.    Panel Presentations

Exam Period (11th week)

1.    Panel Presentations
2.    Barack Obama:  “Election Night Victory Speech” (online course reserves)

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