leah halper gavilan college  



welcome to history 2!


if you want trinkets they are on the shore. but if you want real treasure you will have to dive deep into the ocean.
—sufi saying


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Corporate Constitutional Rights--Eliminate Them?

What will happen if corporations are no longer "persons"? Hear five legal experts explore this important issue: Professor David Yosifon, SCU Law School, moderator
Professor Adam Winkler, UCLA Law School*,Professor Thomas Joo, UC Davis Law School*, David Cobb, Executive Committe, Move to Amend and John Bonifaz, President, Free Speech for People* *Professors Winkler, Joo and Mr. Bonifaz will participate through electronic AV media

October 27, 2015, 7 to 9 pm, West Valley branch, SJ public library, Community room
1243 San Tomas Aquino Rd, San Jose 95117 (just off Saratoga) You are invited. Bring a friend. Refreshments provided.. PLEASE RSVP to billbarrett04@gmail.com Subject=Forum RSVP or 408 267 4382


One response to the skewed power relationship between corporations and the people is to look for ways to declare independence--from corporations! It's not easy, but some people make some headway. Here is a site that begins to suggest some ways to do it, with links at the end of the first article to other such sites. http://frugallysustainable.com/2011/11/7-ways-to-reduce-corporate-influence-in/ Go in, look around, and write about one suggestion you will or won't try to follow, why, and what are two results of either not doing this (one result affecting you and one affecting the broader world) OR trying this out for a few weeks (again, one result affecting you and the other affecting the broader world.). So I won't expect to actually see the extra credit writing for awhile if you ARE trying some ideas out!



I will accept late homework up to a week after the due date; if you have extenuating circumstances, let's talk. Please note that I usually put next week's HW on this page on Weds. so if you are in the TTh or Friday class, or running late, you may need to look at last week's on Past Homework page below--note DATES!

homework due


Week of October 5

1. Read about a short introduction to the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, on its website http://www.alec.org/about-alec/ (check out Initiatives section) and then proceed to the Center for Media and Democracy's expose of ALEC: http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/What_is_ALEC%3F. Then do one last set of MLA quotes, using the five formats and BOTH sources; this time ALSO introduce each quote meaningfully and completely, as if you are using it to prove a point in a paper about ALEC. Note that a webpage without an author goes by the first word of its title; the title is not the same as the sponsor of the page, but is the headline over the part you are using to quote from. Include a Works Cited sheet with these two sources on it (or more if you click around the ALEC website and want to use something there), alphabetical by authors if they exist or by title (be sure you know which wording is the title; see above.)

2. Your next two videos are on doing research. Please watch #5 and #6 and do thorough, complete outlines with at least three levels of detail for each to turn in.

3. Your TEN corporation research project quotes, ON NOTECARDS and then photocopied so you keep the notecards and I get the copy so I see you are employing notecards, using the five formats (but two of each like this: 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5 in the usual order) will be due at the same time your homework is due. Please also prepare a Works Cited page for this that exactly matches the sources you use in your quotes. Please note I will only accept photocopies of notecards for these, so make sure to do notecards and bring in copies of ten (three or four to a page?)


Week of Sept.28

1. Main reading is shorter than Black Elk! It's Sports, Colonialism, and US Imperialism by Gerald Gems. Look at the study questions and spend some time making notes or diagrams to answer them, including vocabulary. The first part of the article may be harder reading, but it gets easier! Once you've read, choose five quotes--two should be Gems quoting someone else (you'll know because a little number at the end of the sentence will take you to the endnote with the correct author in the last pages of the article). Again, make sure you distinguish between quoting Gems, the author, and quoting others Gems cites--in which case both must be mentioned. Find five quotes that will help you recall the article, and use the five formats. Make another one-item Work Cited list and this will be due in class Weds., Thursday, or Friday. If you are not getting the paraphrasing, try watching this or come and see me asap! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSGzuxbdhe

2. Learn related research skills and practice outlining. Watch four videos linked here, in the Research Without Fears series, numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4. Just watch 1 and 2 to learn from them, but watch and also do outlines of 3 and 4, and turn them in with everything else on W-Th-Fr. Outlines should be well detailed, following a scheme of I A 1 a or something like it; they are not simple notes, but an indication of the structure and brief content (word or phrase or sentence) of each piece. For outline help, check your MLA packet for an outline handout or come for help. These websites may also be helpful: http://www.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/research/outlining.html and https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/544/01/.

3. Your Corporation Paper. Look at the bottom of this file for great places to start searching for the right corporation. Five sources in proper MLA format are due in class on W-Th-Fr.Your Works Cited will show me that you have found adequate sources, understand how to use the MLA skills in real life, and can do a correct Works Cited list in alphabetical order that follows the examples in the guide you collated for yourself in class. Here is a sample that is a pretty good model, and which also models emphasis on book sources.


Attention all procrastinators and time-management-challenged students! Here are some resources for you!

Don't miss class! My History 2 classes are in SS 210, MW at 12:50, TTh at 2:30 and Friday at 9-12. So you can come to the OTHER class if you miss yours, and if not see me ASAP on an office hour--not just as class is starting, please!--when you return to school to go over what you missed and clarify homework expectations. We do a lot every day you're gone, so get the notes from a new or used friend?

past homework

(changes every Weds. so pay attention to dates!)