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Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.
–Ambrose Bierce


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RFT Fall 2015 paper #3: What makes a good scene good?

In 750 words or so, address the following.

  1. What makes a good scene?  Discuss in the abstract, without reference to a specific scene .
  2. Use two examples of such scenes, and demonstrate how they fit the criteria you identify in #1.

First draft due Thursday Nov. 19th in class.

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Sumner paper GOV 102

In roughly 1500 words, address the following.  Due Oct. 14 in class.

There are political voices today that make a similar argument to that William Graham Sumner makes in “According to the Fitness of Things”. Discuss, and give examples, from 3-4 articles from reputable sources, after clearly explaining Sumner’s argument.

Information regarding how I will grade this paper is here.

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Politics in Literature and Film


Fall 2015

Paper assignment

Power and the Market

Due: Tuesday Oct. 6th, in class

 Compare the criticisms made of the capitalist/free market system in the readings and film in Weeks 4 and 5, as well as in Ibsen’s Enemy of the People.  How does power, defined broadly, affect the workings of the market? 

Note: you have to understand both the film, the articles, and the novel—the entire novel—to write a good paper. If you only cite material from the first 150 pages of the novel, or the first 30 minutes of the film, for example, I’m going to notice and your grade is going to suffer.

Your paper should be roughly 1500 words, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, stapled or paper-clipped. I will grade it in large measure on the degree to which it directly engages the novel and film. For more information on how I will grade your paper, see this link.

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GOV 102 Fall 2015 Paper #2

Using the articles below, as well as 2-3 articles from reputable sources, address the following in roughly 1500 words:

Choose a state that has enacted–or tried to enact–voter ID laws.  Were there cases of voter fraud in that state that motivated the legislature to pass such a bill?  If not, what were the motivations?

Due Weds. Sept. 23rd in class.


Keyssar, The Strange Case of Voter Suppression

NCSL, Voter Identification Requirements–Voter ID Laws

ProPublica, Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Voter ID Laws

For your research, you may wish to consult this Wikipedia page, but do not cite it in your paper, and you cannot use it as one of your sources. Instead, use it as a guide to specific information by state.

Information regarding how I will grade this paper is here.

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Paper on Reading 8.12. Peter Singer “All Animals Are Equal”

Write a short essay of approximately 750 words, discussing the Singer article.  Give a brief synopsis of the article–what is his thesis statement?  Is the argument persuasive?  Why or why not?  Be sure to identify the specific passages that you may disagree with.

The paper must be handed in during the first moments of class on Weds Sept. 2nd.  It must be typed, double-spaced, and either stapled or paper-clipped.  The specific citation style is up to you, but do not make up your own.

Peter Singer, All Animals Are Equal

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Wagner College Foreign Language Film Festival: October 19-22.

Here is the schedule for the Wagner College Foreign Language Film Festival and accompanying workshops and concert, October 19-28th.

All screenings will take place in Manzulli Board Room from 7:30-10pm, with the exception of the Irène Jacob screening, October 22, which will be held at the Lycée Français505 EAST 75TH STREET  NEW YORK, NY.

October 19th, 7:30pm– short Italian Language films curated by Francesca Cappola, talk back with Franscesca Cappola following screening
Cappola’s recent short film, Flamingos, premiered at MoMa and Lincoln Center as part of New Directors/New Films. It is set during the Fall of the Berlin Wall and tells the story of Alice, a nine year old girl who spends one last day in the park with her father. The story develops around the delicate and uneasy relationship between a lost father and a daughter on the verge of understanding the difficult dynamics of her family. Cappola’s film will screen along with 5 other short films by Italian directors. Pizza will be provided by the Italian Club following this event.

October 20th, 7:30pmJean Gentil, talk back with Director Laura Amelia Guzman following the screening Premiered at Venize Film Festival, Jean Gentil  follows the journey of Haitian immigrant Jean Remy Genty, a French teacher looking for work in the Dominican Republic. This journey takes him from the urban bustle to the jungle. This is a stunningly photographed and poignant film, especially in light of Dominican Republic’s immigration debate, which in many ways mirrors our own.
Workshop with Laura Amelia Guzman- 1- 2pm, Campus Hall 201- The director of Jean Gentil will meet with students prior to the screening to speak about the process of making herfilms.
October 21st, 7:30pmForbidden Films, talk back with director, Felix Moeller following the screening1,200 feature films were made in Germany’s Third Reich. According to experts, some 100 of these were blatant Nazi propaganda. Nearly seventy years after the end of the Nazi regime, more than 40 of these films remain under lock and key. Director Felix Moeller interviews German film historians, archivists and film-goers in an investigation of the power, and potential danger, of cinema when used for ideological purposes.
Workshop with Felix Moeller- 4-5pm, MH44- The director of Forbidden Films will speak about editing the film, the process of making it and the subject matter it deals with.

***At Lycée Français- 505 EAST 75TH STREET  NEW YORK, NY***
October 22nd– a night with Irène Jacob
featuring a screening of the film Red, talk backIrène Jacob following the screening
Acclaimed actress Irène Jacob has been in over 50 films. She won international recognition while working with Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski in Red (1994), part of his highly praisedThree Colors series. She was awarded “Best Actress” at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Kieślowski ‘s The Double Life of Veronique (1991). Wagner is excited to partner with the Lycée Français to offer this screening to the Wagner community and the greater NYC public!

We are also thrilled to bring Irène Jacob to Wagner Campus for two additional events!

Workshop October 27, 2:40pm in Spiro 3– Irène Jacob will visit Prof. Stalcup’s class to speak about her career and French Cinema. This event is open to the entire campus.

Concert October 28th, 6pm in the Coffee House- In addition to being an actress, Irène Jacob works as a Singer-Songwriter with her brother, Francis Jacob, who has been working as a professional musician based in NYC for the past 20 years.Along with a small, intimate, multicultural band, the siblings will present a mix of songs from their last album, “Je Sais Nager” (Sunnyside, 2013) and their forthcoming album, “En Bas De Chez Moi,” to be released in January 2016.

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Reviews of Jacob’s work as a Singer/Songwriter

“As a vocalist, Ms. Jacob is witty, funny, beguiling, persuasive, charming, melodic and more; quietly beautiful, mesmerizing and hypnotic.”
County Times

“One doesn’t need to understand French to feel the power, passion and beauty of their music.”
County Times

“A wonderful confection that would be right at home on the left side of 60s go go music. Loaded with contemporary touches, it’s attitude is old school, but primed for modern ears. One of those wild records that exists in a time zone all it’s own, it’s hard to imagine being a world weary hipster without this on your mp3 player. Defining cool throughout.”
Midwest Record

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