This page contains information and links to events relevant to the course that are taking place at Queens College and across New York City. Attendance of these events, in conjunction with a critical reflection serve as an opportunity for extra credit in this course.
In order to receive extra credit for attending the event you must:
STEP 1: Turn in a ticket or receipt as ‘Proof of attendance’.
STEP 2: Post a 250-500 word critical reflection on the event to the blog.
This critical reflection should include a details about the event (including where and when it was hosted, by whom, what the exhibit was about and what the exhibit consisted of – a talk, a film, an interactive museum exhibit, etc, and a summary of the content of the exhibit) as well as a critical reflection/assessment of what you learned. With regards to the critical assessment: What did you learn? How does this relate and contribute to what we’ve learned in class? What does it add to your understanding of a particular issue? What does our course material add to the exhibit? What did you find meaningful about the event? Did anything in the exhibit contradict what we spoke/read about in class? Was anything confusing? In your response, please don’t try to respond to each of these questions like: By attending this exhibit I learned… This relates and contributes to course material because.. It added to my understanding about X because… and so on. I want you to really think about this exhibit and to critically reflect the exhibit as it relates to course material, and your understanding of urban poverty and affluence and inequality more generally. You also might include some links to resources your learned about through the exhibit and/or include any photos your took of the exhibit in your reflection.
Make sure your posts are categorized as “Extra Credit” and “Event”, and that you assign 3-5 tags to the post.
If you attend an event, but do not wish to do the critical reflection, that is great, but YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY EXTRA CREDIT towards our course.
These should be posted no more than two weeks after attendance of the event. If you need longer, please speak with me about it.
You can earn up to 3 extra credit points per event/post. You may only complete this assignment twice during the course of the semester. Of course, you may attend as many events/exhibits as you’d like.
3: The post is well-written. It has a unique title. It summarizes the event and provides a critical, thoughtful reflection of the experience. A ticket stub or receipt was provided as proof of attendance. The post was properly categorized, and the student assigned appropriate and meaningful tags. The reflection was completed on time.
2: The post was completed and a ticket stub/receipt was submitted as proof of attendance, but one of the following was not completed: the post did not include a summary of the event/exhibit, the reflection was wanting of deeper critical thought and attention, the post did not have a unique title, the post was not categorized correctly, the post was not assigned tags, the post was not posted on time.
1: The post was completed and a ticket stub/receipt was submitted as proof of attendance, but two or more of the following was not completed: the post did not include a summary of the event/exhibit, the reflection was wanting of deeper critical thought and attention, the post did not have a unique title, the post was not categorized correctly, the post was not assigned tags, the post was not posted on time.
0: The post was not completed or the post displayed a lack of intellectual engagement with the critical reflection portion of the assignment and warrants no credit.
I will list events here as they come up, but if there are other events that you hear of and would like to attend for credit, I will likely approve it, but please discuss it with me first.
Museum of the City of New York always has great exhibits that can be used for this assignment.
Queens Museum also tends to have events that can be used for this assignment.
Queens College Events: I also encourage you to keep an eye out for any events on campus – there have been a lot in the last year – that may work for this event.
Attend a Community Board Meeting in your neighborhood. You can find your Community Board here, and check on their website to see when the next meeting is. After you attend, please complete a 250-500 word analytic summary of the experience, the issues discussed, and your thoughts on the issues discussed and the vibe in the room.