Extra Credit:  I award extra credit points for written discussions and analyses that you submit after attending any event on or off campus that addresses multicultural or diversity issues.  You may submit a maximum of 5 extra credit assignments during the semester.  Over the course of the semester, you may earn a maximum of 50 extra credit points for attending events and writing 3 page, double-spaced, typed analyses that directly relate your experience to issues raised in this course.  Each extra credit submission can earn a maximum of 10 points, although I may occasionally announce a 20 point extra credit opportunity that will count as two submissions.  I will announce upcoming events in class and invite all of you to do the same.  Extra credit will be available only for events approved in advance by me. 


Please note that you will receive extra credit points only for quality work that effectively relates the event or lecture that you have attended to specific readings or issues discussed in our class.  Your comments must be organized and developed through specific examples and meaningful discussion.  Extra credit submissions typically begin with an overview of the event or lecture and then proceed to discuss the relevance of the experience to specific work in our course. 


Of course, it is possible to earn partial credit on these assignments:  7/10 or 8/10, for example. No more than 5 extra credit assignments will be accepted from any individual student.


I will not accept a flurry of extra credit assignments near the end of the semester from individual students attempting to increase their final grade.  The extra credit process is meant to reward those students who evidence a semester-long commitment to the cultural and social issues covered through the literature and histories read and discussed in ENG 340.  Therefore, no extra credit submissions will be accepted in the final week of classes.


All extra credit submissions must be made within one week of the attended event or lecture. 

Ongoing Extra Credit Opportunities:

  1. Go to Cunningham Memorial Library and watch In the White Man's Image, a 1992 documentary written and produced by Christine Lesiak.  The film covers Lieutenant Richard Henry Pratt's attempts to "save" Native Americans from extermination by educating them in Western values and culture.  Pratt's motto, "Kill the Indian and save the man," illustrates his perspective and suggests his relation to the notion of outside agents discussed by W.E.B. DuBois in "The Concept of Race" and Souls of Black Folks Write a 3 page response linking the documentary to issues and/or readings discussed in this course. 

  2. Acquire a copy of the film adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake, watch the film, review the novel, and write a 3 page statement evaluating the film as an adaptation of the novel. Briefly discuss whether or not the film version remains true to the spirit of the original novel despite changes in character and plot that were necessitated by the adaptation process. Does the film effectively convey the principal identity and immigration issues depicted in the novel?

Scheduled Extra Credit Opportunities:

[Campus and community events relevant to our course will be posted here when I become aware of them or when students announce them in class.]