We’ve reached the end of our semester together! I’m so proud of all the work you’ve done! Just a few more steps before we’re done…
We’ll meet for our last class in Hahn 101 to turn in our digital films, do course evaluations, and talk about logistics for our field trip on Friday. Please bring the digital file of your film on a flash drive so it can be transferred to my computer. If you want to save time, you can send me a link where I can download it instead. In either case, please remember to upload your film to you own personal YouTube account to make sure there are no sound or other problems. This is just a test. Once you see it live on YouTube, you can delete it (or not) since I will be uploading them to a single account for our class.
Please remember to begin your film with a title credit, giving a title to your film and your name. Don’t forget to include credits at the end. Avoid copyrighted music but feel free to use things marked as copyright free or “creative commons.”
We’ll take our field trip to Roosevelt High School on Friday, December 8. We’ll meet at 6:45AM (6:45AM!!!) in front of Lincoln Hall, where Chicanx/Latinx Studies is. This is just down the block from the library. I will have bagels and donuts for you to eat on the way. Our program begins at 7:55AM. We’ll leave Roosevelt High at 12noon. We should be back in Claremont by 12:45.
REFLECTION ESSAY (12/12)
Our very last assignment is a “reflection essay” relating to our December 8 field trip to Roosevelt High. In it. I’d like you to share your thoughts on our partnership with them. What did you learn? How did it shape your work? What is the lasting impact? Maybe these questions don’t inspire anything for you. If so, feel free to think of other ones to address. The goal is for you to reflect on our partnership, the experience of it all, and the ways it did or did not impact your work.
The essay must conform to our “Writing Guidelines.” It can be turned in using the Sakai “dropbox.” It must be uploaded no later than Tuesday, December 12 at 5:00PM.
Between now and the end of the semester your main responsibility is your Digital History. You will need to turn in a digital movie file in class on Tuesday, December 5. You should make sure the movie file you produce can be uploaded successfully to YouTube by testing it out in advance.
TUTORIAL FOR MAKING MOVIE
Here is a short (11 minute) tutorial on the basics of using iMovie. Here is a copy of the handout we passed out in class on Tuesday, November 21.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28
After the Thanksgiving break, we’ll discuss some of the history related to Latinx communities in the US during the 1980s, 90s, and 21st century. For Tuesday’s class you are expected to watch the documentary Testimony: The Maria Guardado Story. It can be viewed on YouTube in three parts: part1, part2, and part3. The whole film is about 30 minutes. You also need to read “¡Presente! Father Luis Olivares and the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles,” which is on Sakai as DCR9.
We’ll use both sources to have an in-class discussion, followed up with a short lecture. You do NOT have to write a “prep sheet” related to either of them.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30
We’ll discuss the Immigrant Rights Movement. We’ll also do course evaluations.
This week our class will be in the Cowart IT Building, on the Pomona College campus. It’s near Lincoln Hall. When you go in the entrance, you turn left and go all the way down the hallway to find the classroom.
Our entire class will be a workshop on how we use iMovie to make our films. I’ll return your script on Tuesday, too, along with the comments from the Roosevelt High students. Be sure to bring a flash drive to save your work. You should also bring the images you have collected for your film, so you can begin work on it.
If you are a non-Pomona student, you will need to claim the account we have made for you before class. Visit the Cowart IT building anytime Monday to Friday, from 8:00AM to 5:00PM and ask the IT staff person at the front desk for help. Tell them you are a non-Pomona student registered in a Pomona class who is using the lab next week and you need your IT account details.
We WILL have class this Tuesday. Sorry about the earlier confusion.
This week we discuss Chicano and Puerto Rican youth movements of the 1960s. We’ll begin on Tuesday with a discussion of chapters 3-6 in our course book, Racism on Trial. We’ll follow up our discussion with an interactive class relating to documents from the Chicano Movement. As always, bring your “prep sheet” to class. Here’s your prompt for Tuesday:
Using examples, discuss one way race as “common sense” works in the assigned chapters.
On Thursday we’ll discuss the Young Lord Organization, a “revolutionary nationalist” organization mobilized by Puerto Rican young people in New York. We have some light readings for you in preparation for that class–selections from a collection of writings by the Young Lords called ¡Palante! The readings are provided to you as DCR 8 on Sakai.
I’m also asking you to watch a hour-long documentary on the East L.A. student walkouts. The video is called “Taking Back the Schools” and it’s available on YouTube. While the documentary might seem a touch dated–it’s one of four episodes from a 1995 PBS series called “Chicano! A History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement”–the film is legendary for recording interviews with all the key players from these historic events.
This week we’ll begin reading our final course book as we also begin our discussions of postwar Latinx history.
On Tuesday we’ll have our first discussion of the book Racism on Trial: The Chicano Fight for Justice, by legal scholar Ian F. Haney López. You are expected to read the Introduction and Chapters 1-2 for our discussion. For your “prep sheet” write about anything you find important, significant, or interesting in the reading so far. We’ll follow our discussion with a short lecture on postwar Latinx politics and migrations in the US.
For Thursday we’ll discuss the rise of the United Farmworkers’ movement, led by Cesar Chavez. In preparation for our class you are expected to watch a documentary on the movement, “The Fight in the Fields.” It can be found and accessed online.
This week you must write and turn in your Research Script. It’s due FRIDAY, NOV. 3 at 5:00PM via Sakai. You must save it as a PDF file and name your last name, underscore, your first initial, dot pdf (for example, mine would be named “SummersSandoval_T.pdf”).
The Research Script will be read and graded by me. It will also be read by a high school student at Eleanor Roosevelt High, who will give feedback.
You can read more about the assignment here. In short, you need to teach a high schooler about your topic. That means you need to provide a researched analysis of the story you present AND to present it in a radically accessible way.
We’ll have a shortened week to help you get your script done. On Tuesday you have a very short reading assignment provided to you as DCR 7. It’s a newspaper editorial from the 20s. Read it and write your one-page “prep sheet” on it, developing an analysis of some aspect of it. We’ll use it in class to have a short discussion after we watch a documentary on the Bracero Program.
We will not have class on Thursday.
Good luck on your scripts!
As we discussed in class, we’re just passed the halfway point of our semester but you’ve completed more than half of our workload. That’s because our class gives you the time you need to write a thoughtful research script and make your movie. Take the time I give you to create a better movie than you would have otherwise.
On Tuesday we’ll finish off our reading of the book by Weber by discussing chapters 6-7 and the Epilogue in our weekly seminar. For your “prep sheet” write a response to the following prompt:
What do you take away from your reading of the Weber book? Be specific, using examples from the text.
We’ll follow up our seminar discussion with a short lecture on Latinos in the Great Depression.
On Thursday we’ll discuss some of the ways World War II reshaped life for Latinx people in the US. You don’t have any reading but I do ask you watch a film before class. It’s called “The Longoria Affair” and it can be found through Sakai. Just click on the Video 47 link on the left-side menu.