Thanks so much for your thoughtful participation in our discussion on terror, extremism, and the events in Beirut and Paris today, guys– I know that it took us a bit off-book, but I do think that it’s important to give you guys a space for discussion and analysis when we have events like this. If you’re interested, I’ll link to the full articles we read today at the bottom of this entry. And if you’d like to add your own resources, feel free to drop relevant links in the comments for this entry. I certainly don’t mind if you continue our discussion from today in the comments on this blog– just remember to keep it civil, keep it rational, and post thoughtfully.
Now. On to the meat of the issue: since we went off-book today, I need to ask you to cover some content so that we’ll still be on pace for the unit. I’ll be doing some reconfiguring of my lesson plans tonight, too, so if you’ll do this for me, I’ll do the heavy lifting tomorrow and Wednesday.
Tonight, please download the following chart (Imperialism in East Asia Cause and Effect Chart), and then use the Imperialism, Opium, and China PowerPoint and your textbook to complete the chart. We’ll discuss it tomorrow at the start of class, before jumping into a discussion of nationalism (which actually connect rather well to some of the things you read about today, honestly).
Also, remember that your Content Paper is due December 1st, so keep that in the back of your minds.
Materials from today’s discussion:
- How to Politicise a Tragedy, by Sam Kriss
- Beirut, Also the Site of Deadly Attacks, Feels Forgotten, by Anne Barnard
- Where Does it Hurt, O City of Light?, by Omid Safi
- The Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook, by On the Media
- Terrorism has come about in assimilationist France and multicultural Britain. Why is that?, by Kenan Malik
- In defense of the tricolour profile pic, by Laura Wolfe
If you have other materials you would like to add to this list, please feel free to link to them in the comments below.