EXTRA CREDIT for African-American History Month!

Hello All,

February is African-American History Month.  I know we haven’t had a lot of classes during February (especially because I got sick) but I’d like to offer you an extra-credit assignment honouring a very important African-American Queer writer.

The assignment is: go see Langston Hughes’ house at 20 East 127th Street.  Formerly, visitors could tour his house.  It is closed at the moment (d’oh!) but it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Last year, people raised a lot of money to preserve it against urgings to turn it into apartments or condos in what is now a very trendy neighbourhood.

HERE is the National Parks Service’s page on Langston Hughes’ house.

Once you see the outside of the house, walk around a little bit and look at the neighbourhood.  (Disclaimer: while this area of NYC is pretty safe – I used to hang out regularly not far from there and often land up walking around E. 125th at weird hours – please use common sense, as you should always do in the city!)  Think about what it might have been like when Hughes lived there and what he absorbed from the area – not just as an African-American man, but as a Queer African-American man.

Then write about it.  How you choose to do so is up to you.  You might:

  • Write a narrative of your thoughts (you could even take notes as you walk around and write them up as a stream-of-consciousness narrative)
  • Write a poem inspired by Hughes and the area
  • Write a short story inspired by Hughes and the area
  • Create an online narrative with photos and text (if you choose this, you need to actually post it and give me the link!)
  • Write an essay based on your experience
  • Come up with your own idea!  🙂

The only requirement I want to place on your assignment is that IT NEEDS TO RELATE TO QUEERNESS IN SOME WAY.  (This is a Queer Literature class.)  How you choose to negotiate that is up to you.

THIS EXTRA-CREDIT ASSIGNMENT IS DUE MONDAY, MARCH 6.

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Updates for Our Next Class, WED. 2/22!

Hello All,

I’m afraid I lost track of this last week while not feeling well, but BMCC IS CLOSED MONDAY 2/20 FOR PRESIDENTS’ DAY!

(This means that, not only are there no classes, the buildings are closed, so you cannot get into the libraries, computer labs, gym, etc.)

We will CONTINUE this Wednesday, 2/22, with the assignment from last week.  That was:

Please come to class on Wednesday planning to do in-class group work and writing on the poem.

I am feeling better (thanks to everyone who sent get-well messages) and I will see you all in class this coming Wednesday!

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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NO CLASS TONIGHT WEDNESDAY 2/15!

Hello All,

I’m very sorry to say that I’m not feeling well today, so we will not have class for WEDNESDAY 2/15 ONLY.

Please check our website in the next days for class updates.  We WILL meet next week as usual.

Sorry for the inconvenience,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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BMCC CLOSED TOMORROW THURS. 2/9 DUE TO SNOWSTORM!

Hello All,

I just received text message notifications that BMCC will be closed TOMORROW, THURSDAY 2/9, because there is a snowstorm expected.

While this does NOT affect our class meetings, I wanted to let you know.

You can stay up-to-date about the school status by CLICKING HERE.

Stay safe in the storm,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Lady Gaga’s Halftime Show

Hello All,

Just in case you missed it and are interested, here is the official video from Lady Gaga’s Superbowl halftime show.

Enjoy,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Upcoming Things

Hello All,

Please be sure to regularly check our ASSIGNMENTS PAGE for readings and homework (CLICK HERE).

Wednesday 2/8:

  • Continued discussion of readings from Monday

Monday 2/13:

  • BMCC CLOSED – Lincoln’s Birthday

For Wednesday 2/15:

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Assignment and Readings Due Monday 2/6!

Hello All,

For next Monday 2/6, I am assigning you a couple of things to read and one homework assignment.

Please read:

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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