Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Current Event Assignment

Current Event Assignment
            Because the field of Ethnic Studies is a growing and dynamic field that focuses on ending oppression in the lives of people in the United States and globally, it is an important practice to link what we learn in the classroom to the world. Therefore, the purpose of this assignment is for you to find an article, op-ed piece, or outside event that you can use to explain and apply some of the theories, concepts or ideas we discuss in each unit. In these papers I expect you to illustrate the connections between what we have learned in each unit and the current event that you have chosen.
      -You may use any of the theories, concepts, ideas or discussions that are linked to the material of the Unit we are in
   -You must use at least one of the in-class readings to support your analysis.
     -Please attach a copy of the article/op-ed or a ticket-stub, program or photo of the event you attended.

 Current Event Paper #1- Foundations of Ethnic Studies, White Supremacy, Race as a Social Construct, History of Race and Ethnicity in the United States. Due October 3rd
 Current Event Paper #2- Intersectionality in the Field of Ethnic Studies. Due November 1st
 Current Event Paper #3- Case Studies within Ethnic Studies (Hip-Hop or the Prison-Industrial Complex) Due December 5th
·      Please organize your paper in the following fashion:
 Section 1: In this section, please summarize your current event for your reader. Do not assume that your reader will reference what you attach. Try using the journalistic questions to guide your summary: Who, What, When, and Why?
  Section 2: Here, please introduce the theories, concepts, ideas and readings you will be using in your analysis of the current event. Please define any of the terms you use and give a through explanation of the texts you will be using. Please pretend that your reader (me, and sometimes your class-mates) is not familiar with the terms you will be using so that your explanation will be through and complete. 
 Section 3: In this section you will apply the concepts from class to your current event.  Explain how the theories, concepts or ideas from class are related to your current event. How do the theories, concepts or ideas you chose relate to the article? In what ways is the current event similar to the readings? How is it different? How do the theories, concepts, ideas, etc from class make you think about the current event? What would the authors you chose to use say about this current event?
 Your paper should be typed in an easily readable 12-point font, stapled, and properly cited where necessary.             
Possible Websites to Find Current Event Articles

     The Root
      Asian Week
*If you have any blogs, or news-sites that you like, and think would be good for other students to read, please let me know and I will post them!


  1. here is an interesting article on the voter id thing in PA

  2. Hi Eddie,
    Thanks so much for sharing! I appreciate you finding this and wanting to let other folks in the class know!