Special Events

In Mr. Bryant’s class you may earn up to 20 points extra credit this semester in the “homework” category by attending one or more of these special events (* see list below) presented by the English department, 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 could split the points up however you wish, or attend twice as many events and get up to 40 points — limit 20 in each class.

To get credit, you must register your attendance on the sign-in sheet at the event. You should also take a notebook and pen. Your notes will make the response paper easier.

Your response should be typed, one to two pages long (must exceed one page without fudging the formatting),  in 12-point font, in proper MLA page format and with a Works Cited at the end (samples at “MLA BASICS” in the right sidebar).

For each response paper, two good paragraphs will do:

  • The first paragraph identifies the event and summarizes it.
  • The second paragraph responds 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?
  • (Don’t forget the MLA page format and the Works Cited!)

The response paper is due one week after the event. Grading rubric:
0-4 pts. – summary
0-4 pts. – response
0-2 pts. – spelling, punctuation, grammar, MLA page format and Works Cited

* Spring 2018 English Department Special Events:

Thursday, January 25, 6:30 pm in MS-1: The Current Topics/Critical Discussion Movie Series presents Porco Rosso (starring the voice talent of Michael Keaton, Brad Garrett, Kimberly Williams, Susan Egan, and David Ogden Stiers).  Porco Rosso is a 1992 animated film written and directed by Hiyao Miyazaki, which follows the escapades of “Porco”, a World War I fighter pilot and bounty hunter who labors to rid the world of sky pirates. This captivating adventure film explores a wide variety of complicated issues such as Fascism, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and changing gender roles during The Great Depression. Free and open to HCC students, staff, and faculty.

Monday, February 5, 6:30 pm in MS-1: “Children of the Promised Land,” a presentation by Angela Bates for African American History Month. This presentation focuses on Nicodemus, a small unincorporated town in Graham County, which is the only remaining western town that was established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War. The presentation will be a pictorial history that explores the unique experiences of the children of Nicodemus who were the first members of their families born free from the physical and psychological effects of slavery. Made possible through collaboration with the Kansas Humanities Council. Free and open to the public. Due to the generosity of Shayna Leahy and the work of Jaime Albers, these events will be available via webcast on the Highland Community College homepage. Viewers need only to click on the web banner for each event to be linked to the presentation.

Thursday, February 15, 6:30 pm in MS-1: The Current Topics/Critical Discussion Movie Series presents The Little Prince (starring the voice talent of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Bud Cort, Marion Cotillard, Benecio del Toro, James France, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti, Riley Osborne, Albert Brooks, and Mackenzie Foy).  The Little Prince is a 2015 animated film directed by Mark Osborne, based on a 1943 novel of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This enchanting film is constructed as a story within a story, utilizing extraordinary imagery and stunning metaphor  to tell the overlapping tales of a Little Girl and the Little Prince, who are both searching for the meaning of life. Free and open to HCC students, staff, and faculty.

Monday, February 19, 6:30 pm in MS-1: “The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown,” a presentation by Phil S. Dixon for African American History Month. This presentation focuses on the Kansas City Monarchs, a baseball team that formed in 1920. The team revolutionized baseball; not only were they charter members of the Negro National League and the first professional team to use outdoor lighting, the Monarchs also sent more players to the major leagues than any other Negro League franchise. This presentation will explore the early barnstorming days of the Monarchs and highlight great players such as Wilbur “Bullet” Rogan, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson. Made possible through collaboration with the Kansas Humanities Council. Free and open to the public. Due to the generosity of Shayna Leahy and the work of Jaime Albers, these events will be available via webcast on the Highland Community College homepage. Viewers need only to click on the web banner for each event to be linked to the presentation.

Thursday, March 15, 6:30 pm in MS-1: The Current Topics/Critical Discussion Movie Series presents Kubo and the Two Strings, a 2016 animated film directed by Travis Knight and starring the voice talent of Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, and Matthew McConaughey. This intense film focuses on a young story-teller named Kubo, who uses a combination of origami and a magical instrument to enhance his tales. Kubo finds himself on a quest in which he becomes the hero of his own story, while exploring the complexities of life and loss. Free and open to HCC students, staff, and faculty.

Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 pm in MS-1: The Current Topics/Critical Discussion Movie Series presents Millennium Actress, starring the voice talent of Regina Reagan, David Kitchen, Felicity Duncan, John Vernon, Matt Devereaux, Samantha Shaw, Stephen Bent, and Stuart Milligan.  Millennium Actress is a 2001 animated film written and directed by Satoshi Kon, loosely based on the lives of actresses Setsuko Hara and Hideko Takamine. This mesmerizing film “explores the relationship between art, life, love, and memory” (tvtropes.org). Free and open to HCC students, staff, and faculty.

 

 

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