4th Hour

4th Hour Spring 2018 Syllabus Word Document printable version

Wednesday, January 17 at 7:30pm   Driscoll Auditorium 

 

Topic:   CAP projects and learning how to take seriously the perspective of others.

 

Choose   Dr. Martin Luther Jr.  King Memorial Lecture   or attend Freedom School Session

  • Lecture:  Carol Nash—1/24 @ 7pm in Villanova Room Diane Nash, leader and strategist of the student wing of the Civil Rights Movement Nash’s work included the first successful campaign to integrate lunch counters (Nashville), the Freedom Riders who desegregated interstate travel, and the co-founding of the Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Connelly Center, Villanova Room
  • Freedom School:  Thursday 1/25 see schedule and description of sessions at end of syllabus. http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/peaceandjustice/events_awards/freedomschool.html

 

Written Assignment:  Write a summary and response to MLK Jr.  Lecture or Freedom School and/or panel at Community Meeting.   Email this assignment to your instructor and facilitators by 1/26

 

 “I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice.”  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Letter from Birmingham Jail

Reading  

White Privilege Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.  Peggy McIntosh  http://www.cirtl.net/files/PartI_CreatingAwareness_WhitePrivilegeUnpackingtheInvisibleKnapsack.pdf

 

 

Written Assignment: 

Define white privilege.  Name 3-5 privileges that had an impact on you and briefly descript why.  Respond to the question Why is it so hard to talk about race?  Create three questions you would either like to talk about in fourth hour or use in Agree/Disagree which will occur the week of 2/5.

‘One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that "an unjust law is no law at all." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Letter from Birmingham Jail

 

Reading:

 http://www.phillymag.com/articles/racial-profiling-main-line/ 

“Racial Profiling on the Main Line.”   Steve Volk, Philadelphia Magazine. November 30, 2015. 

 

Caroline Foley  “Construction of Self Essay:  Written for SLC 4th hour.

 

 Written Assignment: Write about the first time you were aware of race?  Please describe the circumstances and your reaction/response.

One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that "an unjust law is no law at all."   Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr.

Reading:

Jamie Utt.  Intent vs. Impact:  Why Your Intentions Don’t Really Matter. 
Change from Within, July 30, 2013.  https://changefromwithin.org/2013/07/30/intent-vs-impact-why-your-intentions-dont-really-matter/

 

How to be an Ally if You Are a Person with Privilege, Frances E, Kendall   2010 2http://www.franceskendall.com/handouts/Developing%20Skills%20to%20Be%20A%20Better%20Ally.pdf

 

Written Assignment:  Think of 5 ways we as (a) individuals, (b) a community and (c) a society can create a more inclusive community?  All together 15 ideas. Don’t let yourself be limited to what you think you or others would be willing to do, don’t let yourself be limited by what you think is possible.

 

“Not only is another world possible, she is being born:  Arundhati Roy

 

You will be breaking up into small groups for service site presentations and student choice weeks.

Re Service site presentations: You do not have to serve at the same service site, but you should be in a group of 2-3 persons who serve at a site dealing with similar issues. I.E.  Education, homelessness, segregation or incarceration in America.  You will choose a date to present to fourth hour.   See end of syllabus for outline of presentation. 

Service Reflection

 

Service reflection—

What is going on at service?  What questions does the experience raise for you?  How do you think what you see, observe or feel affects you and those who work in the environment every day?  How does it affect those who are dependent on the agency or school?

Watch these videos

 

What isThe American Dream?”

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=the+american+dream+who+gets+it&&view=detail&mid=950DF7D68ACB4AA5BA07950DF7D68ACB4AA5BA07&&FORM=VDRVR  

 

Film 2  15  minutes

https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000004655947/where-does-the-american-dream-live.html     New York Times “Retro Report.”    

 

Reflection:  Were or are the people you serve equipped to pursue the American Dream? 

STUDENT CHOICE

Students can choose to work in small groups or on their own

 

Small groups of students will select topics.  They will assign readings or preparation work and essay if they choose. Students will present and facilitator dialogue

 

Written assignment may be given by presenters or you will bring in your information on the issue of your choice

STUDENT CHOICE

Students can choose to work in small groups or on their own.  See description of choices below under “student choice.”

 

Written assignment may be given by presenters or you will bring in your information on the issue of your choice.

Group presentations :  Service Site Presentations

To help you and the members of your fourth hour understand your service site, who you serve, how you serve, what your constituents need and why they need services

Group presentations Service Site Presentations

 

REMEMBER YOUR COMMUNITY ACTION PROJECTS ARE DUE FOR PRESENTATION ON 4/20 AT THE CELEBRATION DINNER

Last week of class--$50 per group for celebration.

Last fourth hour for those who did not have fourth hour last week.

Group presentations Why do the people at your service site need help? 

 

 Written Assignment Essay about your service experience.  Say goodbye to your school or agency, to the people who you met.  Write about the relationships, maybe one significant relationship you established where you serve.  In this essay tell the people who you met through service what they mean to you, how they affected you and say goodbye.  In this goodbye wish them well and include what you think needs to change in order for their lives to be successful. That change could be in the individual or it could be societal change you wish to see happen and that you would be willing to work for in the future either by advocacy, voting or direct action.

 

 

What did you learn?  What did you unlearn?  What would you recommend for SLC?