Special Events

In Mr. Bryant’s composition classes (ENG101, ENG102, ENG223) you may earn extra credit this semester, in six events accumulating up to 5 percentage points on your semester grade, by attending these special events (* see list below) and then summarizing and responding to each event in a short paper, described below.

  • Note: If you’re enrolled in two of Mr. Bryant’s classes, you may earn these credits in each one, but not for the same events. You may split the points up however you wish.

To get credit, you must attend the event, stay for the discussion, sign the register, and turn in a response paper within one week (see below). Take a notebook and pen. Your notes will make the response paper easier.

Your response should be typed, about one page long, 12-point, double-spaced, MLA format. It may be slightly longer or shorter than a page, but not much. There should be a Works Cited at the end (samples at “MLA BASICS” in the right sidebar).

For each response paper, two thoughtful paragraphs will do:

  • (3 points) Briefly identify the event and summarize it in your own words.
  • (3 points) Respond thoughtfully to the presentation. In what ways did it increase your awareness? What ideas especially interested you, related to your life or to current events? What did you learn from the discussion afterward?
  • (2 points) Length, grammar and spelling, clarity.
  • (2 points) Don’t forget the MLA page format and the Works Cited!

The response paper is due one week after the event. I will check the event’s attendance record to make sure you qualify.

* Fall 2018 English Department Special Events:

Thursday, August 30, 6:30 pm in MS-1: The Current Topics/Critical Discussion Movie Series presents Mad Max: Fury Road (2016; Cherize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult).  Free and open to Highland Community College’s students, staff, and faculty.

Thursday, September 20, 6:30 pm in MS-1: The Current Topics/Critical Discussion Movie Series presents Children of Men, starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, and Michael Caine and written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón (2006). It is based on a 1992 novel of the same name by P.D. James. This dystopian film takes place in 2027, after nearly two decades of worldwide infertility has left civilization on the verge of collapse due to imminent extinction of the human species. Free and open to Highland Community College’s students, staff, and faculty.

Monday, October 15, 5:30 pm in MS-1: Social Justice: Using S.T.E.A.M. to Revolutionize the World. Part 1: Science and Social Justice. Dr. James Okapal, a Chairperson and Professor of Philosophy at Missouri Western State University, will give an overview presentation called “Ethics and Piggies and AI, Oh My.” There will also be a panel that follows the presentation. The presentation covers the history of reprehensible events in medical research and practice in relationship to traditionally marginalized populations (American Eugenics Movement, Tuskegee Syphilis Studies, HeLa Cell Line), and will explore innovations in medicine that may help to eliminate inequalities. The HCC Cultural Series “Inspiring and Promoting Appreciation of the Arts and Humanities,” produced in cooperation with Humanities Kansas, is free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 25, 6:30 pm in MS-1: The Current Topics/Critical Discussion Movie Series presents The Book of Eli. Free and open to Highland Community College’s students, staff, and faculty.

Monday, November 5, 6:00 pm in MS-1: Social Justice: Using S.T.E.A.M. to Revolutionize the World. Part 1: Technology and Social Justice. The presentation covers technological access in impoverished nations, with a focus on advances that have begun to assist in the eradication of social disparities. The HCC Cultural Series “Inspiring and Promoting Appreciation of the Arts and Humanities,” produced in cooperation with Humanities Kansas, is free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 29, 6:30 pm in MS-1: The Current Topics/Critical Discussion Movie Series presents The Road. Free and open to Highland Community College’s students, staff, and faculty.

* Spring 2019 English Department Special Events:

Monday, February 11, 2019, 6:00 pm (time is tentative) in MS-1: Social Justice: Using S.T.E.A.M. to Revolutionize the World. Part 1: Engineering and Social Justice. This third presentation will stress the long-term impact of the engineering field on the environment and society, along with advancements in practices to ensure a sustainable future. The HCC Cultural Series “Inspiring and Promoting Appreciation of the Arts and Humanities,” produced in cooperation with Humanities Kansas, is free and open to the public.

Monday, March 4, 2019, 6:00 pm (time is tentative) in MS-1: Social Justice: Using S.T.E.A.M. to Revolutionize the World. Part 1: The Arts and Social Justice. This, the fourth event in the series, will feature Native American story-tellers and artists, with an emphasis on the historical and contemporary disenfranchisement of this population of individuals in America. The HCC Cultural Series “Inspiring and Promoting Appreciation of the Arts and Humanities,” produced in cooperation with Humanities Kansas, is free and open to the public.

Monday, April 8, 2019, 6:00 pm (time is tentative) in MS-1: Social Justice: Using S.T.E.A.M. to Revolutionize the World. Part 1: Math and Social Justice. This the final event in the series and will discuss the continuous interplay of the two in regards to pervasive social justice issues such as population growth rates, resource availability, poverty rate, increase in the prison population, rise in AIDS cases, and other topics. The HCC Cultural Series “Inspiring and Promoting Appreciation of the Arts and Humanities,” produced in cooperation with Humanities Kansas, is free and open to the public.

 

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