Monthly Archives: April 2020

Virtual Class Meeting Tonight, Weds. 4/29, at 6:00

Hello All,

We will have another zoom virtual class meeting tonight, Weds. 4/29, from 6:00 – 7:15.

CLICK HERE to join the meeting.

“See” you all soon,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Audre Lorde Resources/Videos

Hello All,

Click the picture of Audre Lorde below for the link to the Audre Lorde Project here in NYC:

Below is the short documentary on Audre Lorde that we watched in class:

Below is a video of Audre Lorde reading from her work “Your Silence Will Not Protect You:”

Enjoy,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Virtual Class Meeting Tonight, Monday 4/27

Hello All,

We will have a virtual zoom class meeting tonight, Monday 4/27, from 6:00 – 7:15.

CLICK HERE to attend the class meeting.

“See” you all soon,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Updated Semester Schedule

Hello All,

As we’ve discussed, our planned semester schedule has changed quite a bit.  Below is what I hope will be the final schedule as we approach the end of the semester.

Note you can also find this on our Assignments Page (CLICK HERE).

Monday 4/27:

Wednesday 4/29:

  • Continued discussion of Lorde if necessary
  • Introduction to Billy Martin

Monday 5/4:

Wednesday 5/6:

  • Continued discussion of Billy Martin if necessary
  • Introduction to Caitlin R. Kiernan

Monday 5/11:

  • Make sure you have read “The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History” by Sam J. Miller (CLICK HERE TO READ)
  • Short essay due via email (jaimeweida@gmail.com)
    • Directions:
      • Pick any one work we have read since the last short essay.  This means works by:
        • Audre Lorde
        • Billy Martin
        • Caitlin R. Kiernan
        • Sam J. Miller
      • Analyze and discuss the work you choose from your own perspective (this is essentially a “choose your own topic”) assignment
      • Your short essay needs to be at least one page long, not including the essay heading
        • Please be sure to include YOUR OWN EMAIL ADDRESS in the essay heading

Wednesday 5/13:

  • Film viewing of documentary on the Stonewall Uprising via zoom

Friday 5/22:

  • Final short essay due – write YOUR OWN work of Queer Literature!  This must be emailed to me at jaimeweida@gmail.com
    • Directions:
      • This is a creative writing assignment.  You may write whatever you’d like, as long as it fits under the umbrella of Queer literature.
      • Some possibilities include:
        • Write your own short story or poem
        • Write a screenplay (or part of one) or a song
        • Create a video document or podcast
        • Create a work of visual art (must provide pictures and an explanation of the work)
        • Write a prequel or sequel to something we’ve read this semester
        • Write a work of Queer literature inspired by something we’ve read this semester
  • FINAL RESEARCH PAPER DUE – EMAIL TO JAIMEWEIDA@GMAIL.COM (CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS)

Stay safe and healthy,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Virtual Class Meeting Tonight, Weds. 4/22, at 6:00

Hello All,

We will have another virtual class meeting tonight, Weds. 4/22, from 6:00 – 7:15.

CLICK HERE to join the class meeting.

Tonight we will finish watching the film and have some class discussion.

“See” you all soon,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Contact Info for Questions and Bursar Hold Policies

Hello All,

I’ve gotten some emails from students with questions regarding how the changes this semester will affect financial aid, graduation status, etc.  Unfortunately I can’t answer many of these questions because I don’t work in the relevant departments and/or have access to those records.

Your first resource for questions is the BMCC Single Stop Office.  Email them with any and all questions at singlestop@bmcc.cuny.edu .  Make sure you include your name, CUNYFirst ID number, and question  They will best be able to direct you to the appropriate people.

The direct email for finanical aid is finaid@bmcc.cuny.edu .  Again, make sure you include your name, CUNYFirst ID, and question.

Don’t call any college offices as no one will be there – BMCC and all other CUNY campuses are completely shut down so no one is on campus.  Email instead.

BMCC has also removed all Bursar holds for spring 2020.  See below – this information comes directly from acting Provost Wong.

BMCC has been making many efforts to assist our student population the best way manageable as we adjust to a different work and learning environment. After much consideration, to further assist our students with continuing their education, it has been approved to allow students with current spring 2020 semester balances of $4000.00 or less to register for the upcoming summer and fall 2020 semesters.

All balances prior to spring 2020 must be paid in full in order for registration to occur for summer and fall 2020.

There will be no Bursar holds applied until after the start of the fall 2020 semester, which is August 26th, 2020, to allow students to conduct school related transactions without delay. Please keep in mind, for registration to occur for spring 2021 and beyond or to request school documents (i.e. transcript, letter of enrollment, etc), the spring 2020, summer 2020, and fall 2020 balances must be paid in full.

Students with additional questions should be directed to email Bursar@bmcc.cuny.edu.  Thank you and continue to be safe.

Stay safe and healthy,

Prof. Jaime Weida

 

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TOTALLY OPTIONAL Survey!

Hello All,

One of my colleagues just forwarded me a survey for all CUNY students.  Essentially, the CUNY budget for the 2020-2021 academic year includes an additional $320 in tuition and fees for students, taking effect in the fall.

The University Student Senate is asking students to fill out the online survey to document their coronavirus experience and their opposition to the proposed tuition and fee increase.

Again, this is COMPLETELY OPTIONAL.  Your responses (or lack thereof) are not being tracked and you will neither lose nor gain “grade points” for this survey.  But if you want to make your voice heard, CLICK HERE for the link to the survey.

Stay safe and healthy,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Multimedia Series on the Queer Harlem Renaissance

Hello All,

One of your classmates recently drew my attention to a Shoga Films multimedia project on the Queer Harlem Renaissance.  I’ve glanced through it (will be investigating in more depth) and it looks absolutely fascinating!  Click the image of Langston Hughes below to find out more.  They are also on Facebook and Instagram.

Please do check this out,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Langston Hughes Videos

Hello All,

Below are the two videos about Langston Hughes that we watched together:

Stay safe and healthy,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Student Grants During the Pandemic

Hello All,

BMCC and CUNY have released some funds for students in financial difficulties due to the coronavirus.  This may be especially important because some of you may not receive a stimulus check, depending on your age and student status (CLICK HERE for the official IRS page on the stimulus checks, including an option to track your payment).

I don’t personally know how large the BMCC student grants are, but my guess is at least a few hundred dollars.  The information below comes directly from Marva Craig, Dean of Students.

The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and has disrupted all of our lives. In response, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) has received funds to offer COVID-19 Emergency Grants to eligible students who are facing financial hardships due to the pandemic. The purpose of the grant is to help students address their immediate financial needs and support them to continue their education.

If you know a student who is being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and in need of emergency assistance, please have them contact the BMCC Single Stop Office at singlestop@bmcc.cuny.edu for further information. Please have them include their phone number and 8-digit CUNYfirst ID Number. A staff member from the BMCC Single Stop Office will follow up with the student directly as soon as their inquiry is received. Please note that all grant requests require an online application and supporting documentation.

Please encourage your students to contact the BMCC Single Stop Office at singlestop@bmcc.cuny.edu for assistance.

Stay Safe and Healthy,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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