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David Alan Sheftman
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Office Hours: Summer 2018
Online in CANVAS every Wednesday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.
Location: 511C

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David Alan Sheftman
English Instructor; English Dept; BELA Division

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David Sheftman

BA English, Marist College; MA, English SFSU
With Cabrillo College since 2000

Welcome to Summer 2018 at Cabrillo College. I look forward to working with you on your academic literacy skills in ENGL 2 online. If you are enrolled you received a welcome message from me along with the two books we are reading and writing about. Below is a copy of the welcome message.

Students who wish to add ENGL 2-1 section 106332 should email me at dasheftm@cabrillo.edu immediately to request an add code. If there is space I will send an add code first to students who are on the official waiting list. If there are any spaces after that, I will offer the add code to the first then next etc. person not on the official waiting list who contacted me to request one.

Here is a copy of the welcome message sent to enrolled students:

Class begins Monday June 18th, next Monday. Please be aware of these important items:

1. Log in to CANVAS the first day of class. We have only six weeks, so there is lots to do every week, assignments that count toward your course grade. You can't afford to fall behind, so I expect everyone to log into the class on Monday to get started on the orientation and the graded assignments that are due the first week of class.This opening week participation shows your
commitment to engaging this fast-paced summer experience.

2. Buy your books available at the Cabrillo bookstore or online. They are: Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Ji-li Jiang's Red Scarf Girl. We will begin discussing these books week #3 of the semester, so if you get them now you can start reading them with an eye toward how they fit into our course theme: tribalism.

3. We'll be writing two major papers this summer, and our theme is tribalism. The first paper will involve using three readings I provide for you. Startthinking this week about tribalism. What does this word evoke for you? Where doyou see tribalism occurring in our society? What are the forces which promote tribalism? Is tribalism beneficial as well as detrimental? What are some examples of how tribalism helps and hurts humanity? Are there movies or books or articles you've read that help you gain an appreciation for what tribalism is and its impacts? (There are some TED Talks on tribalism you can watch; tribalism is a much discussed item these days both in the U.S. and on the world stage).

Here is a paragraph from the first text you'll be reading during week #1 of our class. Think about what the author's point is in this paragraph:

"Yet another example is the polarized way we argue about so many issues, and the incredible irony that as we make these arguments we claim to be intelligent (smart, therefore right) yet we ignorantly close our minds to views that conflict with ours. Dan Kahan, principal researcher into the phenomenon of Cultural Cognition, has found that our views are powerfully shaped so they
agree with beliefs of the groups with which we most strongly identify. His research, along with the work of others, has also found that the more challenged our views are, the more we defend them, the more dogmatic and
closed-minded we become...an intellectual form of circle-the-wagons, we're under attack tribal unity. Talk about tribalism overruling reason."

I look forward to seeing you all log in the first day of class, this coming Monday, in CANVAS. There will be reading for you do, discussion postings for you to post, some lessons to study and quizzes to take during week #1, so again be sure to promote your success by logging in the first day and logging in frequently to keep pace with the graded assignments that carry points toward your course grade.

I look forward to our reading, discussing, and writing about tribalism this summer.

David Sheftman
ENGL Instructor
Cabrillo College

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