Monthly Archives: February 2015

Freedom of Speech

“[I was furious] when a young customer waved that same three-finger salute. . . In my view it was like giving the ‘Heil Hitler’ sign to a Jewish Auschwitz survivor. . . My college buddies in America argued that everyone was free to express their beliefs without consequences.  But they had not been the victims of an ethnic-cleansing campaign by vicious racists who were barely punished. . .” – Kenan Trebincevic, The Bosnia List, p. 10.



I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. #Voltaire #JeSuisCharlie

Richard Dawkins on freedom of speech and religious people disguising their hate speech as freedom of religion.

Tumblr- I really hate when think that "freedom of speech" means "I can be as rude as I want and you're not allowed to get mad."

Censorship is instated in Fahrenheit 451 to protect the feelings of the offended. The ideas of diversity and challenging previously established principles is a means to prevent 'harsh feelings'. In this case, the offended people are not in the right. The actions taken upon those who caused them to feel such a way are unacceptable.

There is a difference between 'freedom of speech' and insulting others!

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Posted by on February 19, 2015 in Uncategorized


How to Find Your Thoughts

1. Annotate the reading — Write notes, mark important sections, notice patterns, parallels, connections, pose questions

2. Discuss — Bring up your annotations in class, ask questions, share things you’ve noticed, make connections between reading and other things (other readings, movies, current events, your life, etc.)

3. Write — Review your annotations and notes because you never really know what you think until you see what you have said; use the writing process from idea generating through planning, outlining, drafts, revising, and editing; then push yourself to articulate one thought at a time — down the road you will construct these into a well planned network of ideas.

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Posted by on February 17, 2015 in Uncategorized


From Summary to Analysis

Turn the following sentences into those that contain your own interpretation, an explanation of its significance or deeper meaning.  Remember to emphasize what you mean instead of simply repeating the author.  Consider using words like “because” and “since” to show cause or consequence (and therefore make your writing more analytic).

  1. When Esma is nervous, her gums get itchy.
  2. Esma and Roza have a hard time communicating which creates some difficulty for them both.
  3. Feeling rejected and confused, Esma runs away from the party.
  4. Esma is jealous when she witnesses Roza talking to a beautiful, tall, blonde woman.
  5. Esma takes a moment while climbing the stairs with her new friends to ask Roza about Lukas and Axel.
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Posted by on February 12, 2015 in Uncategorized


Chapman University

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Posted by on February 12, 2015 in Uncategorized