I wanted to get this out to you so that you can be sure to make the initial deadline for your own fiscal well being!
Students are advised that there are seats available in Professor Powell's Critical Race Theory seminar. This seminar satisfies the Writing and Perspective graduation requirements. The course description is below.
"Critical Race Theory ("CRT") questions the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and neutral principles of constitutional law." Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, CRITICAL RACE THEORY: AN INTRODUCTION 3 (NYU Press 2001). Advancing an interdisciplinary approach to critique the law and its role in preserving structural inequality, CRT focuses on analyzing several recurrent themes in the law: (i) interest convergence (the concept that any "progess" on racial issues is purely the product of whether it contributes to the status quo of inequality); (ii) revisionist history (a critique of how history has been de-contextualized to advance a distorted historical narrative of America's racial progress); (iii) colorblindness and post-racialism (a critique of "neutrality" and the role it plays in the maintenance of systemic subordination of people of color); and (iv) structural determinism (the proposition that racism is structural and adaptable so that societal change is incremental and limited). These principles will be applied and discussed in a variety of contexts.
Since the University was closed on Monday, the last day to add a class or withdraw with 100% tuition refund, is Monday, January 13.
If so, then we have the perfect presentation for you!
On Wednesday, January 15, Professor Kurt Metzmeier will be presenting a not-to-be-missed session geared toward upper-division students that aims to demystify the writing requirement as well as provide practical information on some of the best sources for generating ideas for topics, ways to organize your research paper, and common pitfalls to avoid. The session will be held in Room 175 from 12:05pm - 12:55pm. I want to make clear that this program is designed to supplement, not supplant, the role of the seminar instructor in setting the requirements and expectations for papers in his or her class.
Program: Writing a Research Paper for Writing Requirement Credit
Time: January 15, 2014 12:05pm – 12:55pm in Room 175
Instructor: Kurt Metzmeier
LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED, BUT PLEASE BRING YOU OWN DRINK!
Professor Metzmeier describes his presentation as follows:
This one-hour session will begin by discussing the student handbook section that sets out the writing requirement, noting its importance as a core requirement of a professional degree. Then general advice on picking a topic will be given, with some emphasis on library resources like subject-specific legal newsletters, ProfBlogs, and general legal news sources that may helpful in generating topics. Researching the policy aspects of legal issues that come up in seminar papers will be briefly discussed, leading to a treatment of issues involved in writing of a research paper. Issues discussed may include creating outlines, constructing a thesis, resolving common style and grammar issues, proofreading, and avoiding plagiarism by the proper use of quotation and citation. Given the limited time to discuss these matters, liberal mention will be given to library resources like Eugene Volokh’s Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, and Seminar Papers, and the collection of other legal writing books on reserve in the law library. (I have a few copies of these works which may be checked out from the Academic Success Office's library.)
You can definitely get a head start on your seminar paper and lower your stress level by attending this informative event.
Sign-up sheets for Spring 2014 Structured Study Groups will be posted outside the Office of Academic Success (Rm 212). Please sign up for one of the following times:
Group 1: Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:30 (Hall-focus)
Group 2: Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:00 (Geisel-focus)
Group 3: Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:00 (Nowka-focus)
Group 4: Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:00 (General-focus)
Group 5: Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:00 (General-focus)
Group 6: Fridays 11:50 - 12:50 (Hall-focus)
Group 7: Fridays 11:50 - 12:50 (General focus)
If you have any questions, please see Laura Grubbs, Director of Academic Success Program.
University Offices will open at 10:00 a.m. on December 10.
Professor Powell's constitutional law exam is unaffected by the University's delayed opening. The exam will be administered at 1:00 p.m.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kimberly Ballard, Assistant Dean for Student Life, or Tim Hall, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.