Extra Credit Opportunities

All extra credit blog entries completed between now and Friday, October 19th will be used to boost the grade on your first paper; any completed Saturday, October 20th through our last class meeting will be used to boost the grade on your second paper. Each Extra Credit blog entry, so long as the blog entry is satisfactory and fulfills the requirements of the particular assignment, will increase your paper grade by one percentage point.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:
All blog entries for “other opportunities” should follow the guidelines of previous EC blog entries and may be slightly different based on whether you attended a talk, a panel, a performance, or watched a film. To receive credit, your blog entry must be posted by 11:59pm on Sunday, Dec 9th.

–watch a feature-length film that has something to do with sex, gender, and/or sexuality

–Attend this talk: Irin Carmon: “Body Politics” Tuesday, December 4th 7:30 pm Huntsman Hall Room F60
Find more info here.

–Got another idea? Email me first to get the green light before attending/viewing it and blogging on it if you want to receive EC for it!

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FOURTH OPPORTUNITY

Attend the film screening and discussion of “Miss Representation” with Dr. Felicity Paxton (Penn Women’s Center Director) on Friday, November 30, 2012, 6-9:00 pm | Huntsman Hall, Rm 250  Please note: you must RSVP using the link below!

Join us for a screening of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival documentary Miss Representation with a post-screening discussion including members of the media, academic experts, and public leaders. Litty Paxton, Director of the Penn Women’s Center and lecturer at the Annenberg School of Communication, will join in conversation with Fels’ Scott Detrow, NPR journalist/reporter. Enjoy food, beverage, and great company! Please RSVP here!

Blog Post Due: Sunday, December 2nd by 11:59pm.

200-500 words (note that this range is longer than other required blog entries)

1. Identify and elaborate on at least two of the central claims made by the documentary.

2. Discuss one provocative point made by a discussant/panelist and explain why you find it interesting (this entails fleshing out the implications or consequences of the point as well as your assessment/evaluation of the point).

3. Generate a discussion by posing a question that is raised for you when you consider the connections between our class material thus far and “Miss Representation.”

4. Categorize your post before you publish it as “Extra Credit.”

5. Tag your post with at least one tag that identifies a topic, person, or key word in your post.

6. Cite your sources when applicable.

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THIRD OPPORTUNITY

Attend and/or perform in “Gender Talk” in the Goodhand Room of the LGBT Center on Tuesday, November 20th from 8-10pm

“Gender Talk” is a gender-bending open mic in celebration of National Day of Transgender Remembrance. This event is brought to you by a new and awesome group on campus called Penn N-CIS, or Penn Non-Cis that focuses on discussion on and advocacy for trans, gender non-conforming, and genderqueer people. Performances for this open-mic should be on gender, gender non-conformity, transgenderism, the genderqueer experience etc. It’s super informal and we definitely encourage all types of performances (prose, poetry, slam, essays, comedy, music, anecdote, whatever!).

Blog Post Due: Wednesday, November 21st by 11:59pm.

200-500 words (note that this range is longer than other required blog entries)

1. Identify and elaborate on at least two of the central claims made by one or more of the presenters/performers.

2. Discuss one provocative point made by any of the performers and explain why you find it interesting (this entails fleshing out the implications or consequences of the point as well as your assessment/evaluation of the point).

3. Generate a discussion by posing a question that is raised for you when you consider the connections between our class material thus far and the specific performance/s you observed.

4. Categorize your post before you publish it as “Extra Credit.”

5. Tag your post with at least one tag that identifies a topic or key word in your post.

6. Cite your sources when applicable.

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SECOND OPPORTUNITY:
Publish a blog entry after attending the panel discussion “What’s at Stake in the 2012 Presidential Election?” on Thursday October 5, 2012 at 5pm (event should last no longer than 6:30pm) in the Golkin Room (2nd floor) in Houston Hall. More event info including the speakers and topics are available here. Here are the requirements for your blog entry:

Blog Post Due: Sunday, October 7th at 11:59pm.

200-500 words (note that this range is longer than other required blog entries)

1. Identify and elaborate on at least two of the central claims made by the presenters in their panel discussion.

3. Discuss one provocative point made by any of the panelists and explain why you find it interesting (this entails fleshing out the implications or consequences of the point as well as your assessment/evaluation of the point).

4. Generate a discussion by posing a question that is raised for you when you consider the connections between our class material thus far and the specific content and focus of the panel on the U.S. Presidential election.

5. Categorize your post before you publish it as “Presidential Election Panel.”

6. Tag your post with at least one tag that identifies a topic, person, or key word in your post.

7. Cite your sources when applicable.

FIRST OPPORTUNITY:
Publish a blog entry after attending one complete session (including presenter’s talk and respondent’s commentary) of the Bioethics, Sexuality, Gender Identity National Conference. The full program (including time, location, presenter and respondent info) is available here. This event is free and open to the public and no advance registration is necessary. All sessions are located in Houston Hall on Penn’s campus and will be held all day on Friday, September 21, 2012. Here are the requirements for your blog entry:

Blog Post Due: Sunday, September 23rd at 11:59pm.

200-500 words (note that this range is longer than other required blog entries)

1. List the information about the session you attended (names of presenter and respondent and the title of the talk).

2. Identify and elaborate on one of the central claims made by the presenter in his or her lecture.

3. Discuss one provocative point made by the presenter OR the respondent and explain why you find it interesting (this entails fleshing out the implications or consequences of the point as well as your assessment/evaluation of the point).

4. Generate a discussion by posing a question that is raised for you when you consider the connections between our class material thus far and the specific content and focus of the session you attended.

5. Categorize your post before you publish it as “Bioethics.”

6. Tag your post with at least one tag that identifies a topic, person, or key word in your post.

7. Cite your sources when applicable.

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