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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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Protected: GOV102 Intro to Politics and Government

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

All screenings will take place in Manzulli Board Room from 7:30-10pm, with the exception of October 22 which may switch to an off campus location- we will keep you posted about that!

October 19th– 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.
October 20thForbidden Films, talk back with director, Felix Moeller following the screening
1,200 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.

October 21stJean 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.

October 22nd– a night with Irène Jacob, Film TBA, talk back with and concert by Irène Jacob following the screening
Acclaimed actress Irène Jacob has been in over 50 films including Red and The Double Life of Veronique by Krzysztof Kieslowski.  In addition to being an extremely talented actress, she is also a fantastic singer and will treat us to a concert with special guest musicians.

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Ball and Dagger ch. 3 “Liberalism”

GOV102 “Introduction to Government and Politics”

Summer (B) 2015 Continue reading

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Explaining recent deaths at the hands of the police

In about 1750 words, answer the following questions.  Due Friday June 26th by 11:59pm.

Do some research on the deaths of Eric Garner, John Crawford, Walter Scott, and Freddie Gray.  What happened in each case?  What are the similarities across cases?  Taken together, what does it all add up to?

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Final exam: Twain and Tolstoy

In not much less than 1250 words, address the following:

Compare the views of God as presented in Tolstoy’s “Where God Is, Love Is” and Twain’s The Mysterious Stranger (this is a link to the correct version).  Focus on the issue of human suffering, for example the death of small children.

DUE VIA EMAIL by 11:59 pm MAY 11 in .docx or .doc file formats only.

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Final Exam GOV 291 US in ME: The Israel Lobby

in roughly 1500 words, address the following:

What are Walt and Mearsheimer’s main points?  Are they convincing?  Why or why not?  Which of the letters following their article, if any, are convincing? Why or why not?

Due via email by Weds. May 13 11:59pm.  Please use only .doc or .docx file formats.

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Iran and Israel: Promise and Problems of the Deal to Restrict the Iranian Nuclear Program.

In about 1250 words, address the following:

What are the major points of the agreement recently reached between Iran and the United States regarding the Iranian nuclear program? What are the criticisms of this deal? What are the differences between the US and Israel on this deal?

Use these sources; if you choose you may use other reputable sources as well.

Due Thursday April 30th in class.

Tharoor, The Obama-Netanyahu fight over Iran, explained

Welsh, Who Gets What Out of the Iran Deal

Wolfgang, Benjamin Netanyahu, Republicans take aim at Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran

Karimi, 20 questions about the Iran nuclear deal: What it says, what’s at stake, what’s next

Fisher, 9 questions about Iran’s nuclear program you were too embarrassed to ask

Fishel, Iran Nuclear Negotiations – Your Questions Answered

Jafari, 10 questions about Iran nuclear inspections answered

Seib, Possible Failure of Iran Nuclear Deal Divides U.S., Israel

Jackson, Obama, Netanyahu (again) dispute Iran deal

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GOV 102: Paper #3 Nazi indoctrination

In roughly 1250 words (include the word count), stapled or paper-clipped, address the following, using the chapters from Heck, “Child of Hitler,” as well as lectures.

Discuss the indoctrination that Heck goes through as a child.  Which aspects of Nazi education are most effective in this regard?  What were the basic tenets of the Nazi creed, and how were they transmitted to children?  Is Heck convinced?

Due Monday April 20th in class

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