HISTORY AND POLITICS OF MEXICO (POLI 390)
DETAILED REACTION SCHEDULE





Beginning of Requirements for our last Reaction: Reaction #28, Thursday, 4/26

Andrés Manuel López Obrador (PRD) (Google Images)
http://bit.ly/HI6NrX

Back again, liberal Mexico candidate makes pitch to business leaders | LA Times
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/04/amlo-business-finance-mexico-elections-.html

Mexican leftist juggles love and rage in election run | Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/20/us-mexico-election-leftist-idUSTRE80J1NR20120120

Andrés Manuel López Obrador (PRD) « The Mexico Institute's Elections Guide
http://mexicoinstituteonelections.wordpress.com/the-people/andres-manuel-lopez-obrador-prd/

A New Face for AMLO [Andrés Manuel López Obrador] ?
http://mexicoinstituteonelections.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/a-new-face-for-amlo/

Mexico Institute: The Week in Review: 23 April 2012
http://mexicoinstituteonelections.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/the-week-in-review-4232012/

End of Requirements for Reaction #28, Thursday, 4/26

For class today:

End of semester thoughts:

1. Grading

2. Summer Twitter and Facebook

3. Print out your wiki page

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox:

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

1. The Mexican army's AWOL problem | Mexico Unmasked
http://blogs.mcclatchydc.com/mexico/2012/04/the-mexican-armys-awol-problem.html

2. Mexico Takes Deserved Bows (and Some Boos) at the World Economic Forum in Puerto Vallarta | Global Spin | TIME.com
http://globalspin.blogs.time.com/2012/04/18/mexico-takes-deserved-bows-and-some-boos-at-the-world-economic-forum-in-puerto-vallarta/

3. Bribery Tolerated Even as It Hurts Mexican Economy - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/24/world/americas/bribery-tolerated-even-as-it-hurts-mexican-economy.html?_r=1

4. Mexico Reins In Oil Monopoly - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/24/business/energy-environment/mexico-reins-in-oil-monopoly.html?hpw&pagewanted=all


Young men in Mexico say the US no longer offers them a better future | Guardian.co.uk
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/25/young-men-mexico-us-future




Grading Memo (covered in class on 4/10)

So far this semester I have intentionally let you work on your own--sort of like an independent study.

Over our Easter break, I worked through your wiki page reactions in detail.

During the next few class sessions, I will go over with you individually what I observed about your work and the overall course grade which you have earned thus far.

Remember, our overall semester grade is a holistic one, not just a mechanical calculation.

Note: At the beginning of the semester we covered--in class--my detailed philosophy on grading. That material is on our wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Grading

Here are the several components which contribute to your overall semester grade:

Reactions ("A" level) should have the following characteristics:

Reactions that go beyond just merely reciting what happened. I need to see that you have put yourself into each reaction.

Reactions that are thoughtful and evaluative, not shallow and obvious.

Reactions that are consistently more than the threshold minimum word count (MWF classes 250-words; TTH classes 500-words).

Reactions that make connections to other things you are learning.

Reactions that have virtually no mechanical (punctuation, grammar, and spelling) errors.

Reactions that give evidence that your work is not just a first draft.

Reactions that are carefully proofread.

Reactions should be timely:

Reactions should be posted on time (generally within 24 hours for MWF class sessions and on the day of class for TTh sessions) to count.

No credit for any reactions more than a week past due.

Look and Feel of Your Wiki Page:

There should be an attractive "look and feel" both to your reactions individually and to your wiki page as a whole.

a. Correctly titled reactions
b. Reaction divided into paragraphs
c. Ideally, you should put one space between paragraphs [not required for this semester]

Visuals: You don't necessarily need to insert visuals but they do add to the quality of your page.

Absences:

Excess absences (more than 3 in MWF classes and more than 2 in TTh classes) will push your grade lower.

Classroom Contribution:

This classroom contribution aspect can make the difference between an "A" and an "A-" (and so forth).

Student participates regularly through comments or questions:

a. No real participation; student does not volunteer at all
b. Student answers well--when called upon
c. Student answers in an average fashion--when called upon

Student makes an effort to insure that his/her facial expression and body language demonstrate enthusiasm and a positive attitude toward our class sessions.

Student does not focus continually on laptop but looks regularly toward me and makes eye contact.




PAST POSTINGS FOLLOW





Beginning of Requirements for Reaction #27, Tuesday, 4/24

Map of the States of Mexico
http://alliance.la.asu.edu/maps/Mexico_labeled.pdf

PRI (Google Images)
http://bit.ly/HI6U73

Enrique Peña Nieto (PRI) (Google Images)
http://bit.ly/HIjX8G

The Rise of Enrique Peña Nieto and the Return of the PRI
http://csis.org/files/publication/111019_Wood_2012USMexicoRelations.pdf

Beauty and the Beast | The Atlantic Magazine
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/10/beauty-and-the-beast/8626/

PRI « The Mexico Institute's Elections Guide
http://mexicoinstituteonelections.wordpress.com/the-parties/pri-2/

Enrique Peña Nieto (PRI) « The Mexico Institute's Elections Guide
http://mexicoinstituteonelections.wordpress.com/the-people/enrique-pena-nieto-pri/

Mexican election favorite Pena Nieto extends lead over rival | Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/26/us-mexico-election-idUSBRE82P0CV20120326

Mexico’s do-nothing legislature: The siesta congress | The Economist
http://www.economist.com/node/21543172

End of Requirements for Reaction #27, Tuesday, 4/24

For class today:

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox:

15 Ways to Write Tight | Write to Done
http://writetodone.com/2012/04/19/15-ways-to-write-tight/

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

1. At Wal-Mart in Mexico, a Bribe Inquiry Silenced - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/business/at-wal-mart-in-mexico-a-bribe-inquiry-silenced.html?src=me&ref=general

2. Mexican Immigration to U.S. Slowed Significantly, Report Says - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/24/us/mexican-immigration-to-united-states-slows.html?hp

3. Mexico City on alert as Popocatepetl volcano spews rock and ash | Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/mexico/9218197/Mexico-City-on-alert-as-Popocatepetl-volcano-spews-rock-and-ash.html

4. Mexico flays 'irrational' Argentine move [Expropriation] | Mexico Unmasked
http://blogs.mcclatchydc.com/mexico/2012/04/mexico-flays-irrational-argentine-move.html




Beginning of Requirements for Reaction #26 Thursday 4/19

PAN: Partido de Accion National (National Action Party)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Action_Party_%28Mexico%29

PAN « The Mexico Institute's Elections Guide
http://mexicoinstituteonelections.wordpress.com/the-parties/247-2/

Josefina Vázquez Mota (PAN) (Google Images)
http://bit.ly/IT8uh8

Josefina Vázquez Mota (PAN) « The Mexico Institute's Elections Guide
http://mexicoinstituteonelections.wordpress.com/the-people/josefina-vazquez-mota-pan/

Is Mexico Ready for a Woman President?
http://mexicoinstitute.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/is-mexico-ready-for-a-woman-president-2/

Women in Mexican Politics
http://www.economist.com/node/21547282

Mexico Institute: The Week in Review: 16 April 2012
http://mexicoinstituteonelections.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-week-in-review-4162012/

Mexico Institute: The Week in Review: 9 April 2012
http://mexicoinstituteonelections.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/the-week-in-review-492012/

Mexican Poll Points to Big Win for PRI's Pena Nieto - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/04/17/world/americas/17reuters-mexico-election.html?_r=1&ref=world

End of Requirements for Reaction #26 Thursday 4/19

For class today:

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox:

1. Keep Your Cool When Getting Feedback - Management Tip of the Day - April 18, 2012 - Harvard Business Review
http://hbr.org/tip?date=041812

C. Items of interest since we were last together:




Beginning of Requirements for Reaction #25 Tuesday 4/17

1. Mexico’s Presidential Race Could Be Pivotal | New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/world/americas/mexicos-presidential-race-could-be-pivotal.html?hp=&pagewanted=all

2. A Wary Mexico Sizes Up Contenders for the Presidency | New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/world/americas/mexicos-presidential-race-could-be-pivotal.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=all

3. Mexican presidential favorite vows to restore peace | Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/30/us-mexico-election-idUSBRE82T0RO20120330

4. Left, right or center? Mexican political brand names explained | LA Times
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/02/pri-pan-prd-mexico-political-outlook.html

5. Factbox: Mexico's presidential candidates | Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/28/us-mexico-election-candidates-idUSBRE82R1AO20120328

6. Race to Mexico's presidential palace begins | BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17565234

End of Requirements for Reaction #25 Tuesday 4/17

For class today:

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox:

1. Critically Analyzing Information Sources | Cornell University
http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/skill26.htm

2. Mom, this is how twitter works.
http://www.jhische.com/twitter/

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

1. Mexico's President Calderon pays first official visit to Cuba - LA Times
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/04/mexico-cuba-president-calderon.html

2. Liberals and conservatives don’t just vote differently. They think differently. | The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/liberals-and-conservatives-dont-just-vote-differently-they-think-differently/2012/04/12/gIQAzb1kDT_story.html

3. The Best Websites for Learning About the World's Cultures (Larry Ferlazzo blog)
http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2010/08/11/the-best-sites-for-learning-about-the-worlds-different-cultures/

D. 2012 Presidential Election Timeline:

March 30, 2012: Campaigning began
May 6, 2012: First scheduled debate between presidential candidates
Early June, 2012: Second scheduled debate between presidential candidates
June 27, 2012: Campaign ends
July 1, 2012: Presidential election




Beginning of Requirements for Reaction #24 Thursday 4/12

Religion in Mexico

Protestants on the rise as pope visits Mexico | Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/22/us-mexico-pope-idUSBRE82L06E20120322

Religion in Mexico: Where angels fear to tread | The Economist
http://www.economist.com/node/21551091

Mexico church divided over drug wars | BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17445872

Mexico’s Papal Visit: Will the Ruling Party Get a Benedict Blessing or Backlash? | TIME.com
http://globalspin.blogs.time.com/2012/03/23/mexicos-papal-visit-will-the-ruling-party-get-a-benedict-blessing-or-backlash/

Maquiladoras

The Border | 1964 Maquiladoras
http://www.pbs.org/kpbs/theborder/history/timeline/22.html

NAFTA

U.S. and Mexico Sign Cross-Border Trucking Deal - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/07/business/us-and-mexico-sign-trucking-agreement.html?ref=us

In Texas, First Mexican Truck Enters U.S. Under Nafta - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/22/us/in-texas-first-mexican-truck-enters-us-under-nafta.html?ref=northamericanfreetradeagreement

North American Free Trade Agreement -New York Times Topics
http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/subjects/n/north_american_free_trade_agreement/index.html

End of Requirements for Reaction #24 Thursday 4/12

For class today:

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox:

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

Vertical Gardens in Mexico a Symbol of Progress - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/10/world/americas/vertical-gardens-in-mexico-a-symbol-of-progress.html?_r=1

D. Zoot Suit material




Beginning of Requirements for Reaction #23 Tuesday 4/10

Zoot Suit Riots

Zoot Suits (Google Images)
http://bit.ly/xtYCNu

Finding Dulcinea: On This Day: Zoot Suit Riots Begin in Los Angeles
http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/on-this-day/May-June-08/On-this-Day--Zoot-Suit-Riots-Begin-in-Los-Angeles.html

1. Zoot Suit Riots Summary
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/zoot/eng_peopleevents/e_riots.html

2. Zoot Suit culture
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/zoot/eng_sfeature/pop_zoot.html

Zoot Suit Culture is divided into two main section: (a) Fashion and (b) Music & Dance.
Work through all of the subparts of both sections:

Fashion Section:

Subparts of the Fashion Section:

The Zoot Suit
Extreme Zoot Suits
Girls' Styles
Cuffs, Shoes, and Hats
A Parent's View
Wearing the Zoot Suit
The Fashion
Looking Good
The Semi-Drape
Objections

Music and Dance Section:

Subparts of the Dance Section:

The Big Band Scene
The Pachuco Hop
Theaters
Dance Halls
Downtown LA
Pachuco Attitude
Servicemen

End of Requirements for Reaction #23 Tuesday 4/10




Thursday 3/29

Beginning of Requirements for Reaction #22 Thursday 3/29

Virgin of Guadalupe

Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City
Google Images:
http://bit.ly/H0q6Jn

Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe
http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2011/12/feast-day-of-the-virgin-of-gua.html

Mexican National Symbol Virgin of Guadalupe
http://campus.udayton.edu/mary//meditations/samaha6.html

Our Lady of Guadalupe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Guadalupe

Who is Our Lady of Guadalupe? - Guest Voices - The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/who-is-our-lady-of-guadalupe/2011/12/12/gIQA0sddpO_blog.html



Evangelical activity in Mexico
http://latitude.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/13/cities-of-god/?hpw

End of Requirements for Reaction #22 Thursday 3/29

For class today:

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox:

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

1. Pope's recent visit to Mexico
Check out the cool sombrero the Pope is wearing!
http://bit.ly/H0qwPX

2. GIs in alleged plot to kill for the Zetas | Mexico Unmasked
http://blogs.mcclatchydc.com/mexico/2012/03/gis-in-alleged-plot-to-kill-for-the-zetas.html

3. Real Estate in Mexico City - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/greathomesanddestinations/real-estate-in-mexico-city.html?hpw=&pagewanted=all

D. Google Jockeys/Sweet Searchers/Class Scribes for today:

In-Class Discussion segment: What are the broad issues we should pull from the material today?
Background/Facts: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
Main Problem
Suggested Measures
Possible Effects

Research segment: Wikipedia, Google, and Sweet Search [http://www.sweetsearch.com/]

Google Images segment: http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi



Tuesday 3/27

Beginning of Requirements for Reaction #21 Tuesday 3/27

Murals

My thanks to Heather Murphy for teaching us today!

Google Image search under Mexican Murals
http://bit.ly/GLRQEK

Where Angelina got her inspiration | Mexico Unmasked
http://blogs.mcclatchydc.com/mexico/2012/03/where-angelina-got-her-inspiration.html

Art of the Mural
http://www.pbs.org/americanfamily/mural.html

End of Requirements for Reaction #21 Tuesday 3/27

For class today:

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox:

1. Santorum’s Catholicism Draws Evangelicals | NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/24/us/santorums-catholicism-draws-evangelicals.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1332586995-6lwCx0zeNINwawXuKNfslg

2. Ten Ways to Talk to Students About Sensitive Issues in the News | NYTimes.com
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/23/10-ways-to-talk-to-students-about-sensitive-issues-in-the-news/

3. Get More Out Of Google | HackCollege
http://www.hackcollege.com/blog/2011/11/23/infographic-get-more-out-of-google.html

4. Try the TinEye Browser Extension for Quick Image Searches | Free Technology for Teachers
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/03/try-tineye-browser-extension-for-quick.html

5. Seven Good Resources for Art Teachers and Students | Free Technology for Teachers
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/03/7-good-resources-for-art-teachers-and.html

C. Items of interest since we were last together

D. Google Jockeys/Sweet Searchers/Class Scribes for today:

In-Class Discussion segment: What are the broad issues we should pull from the material today?
Background/Facts: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
Main Problem
Suggested Measures
Possible Effects

Research segment: Wikipedia, Google, and Sweet Search [http://www.sweetsearch.com/]

Google Images segment: http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi



Thursday 3/22

Beginning of Requirements for Reaction #20 Thursday 3/22

1. Be sure to read this one first. We will spend class time on it.:
The Seven Dimensions of Culture
http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/seven-dimensions.htm

2. Then read this one:

The Problem of Proxemics ( How Close to Stand)
http://getcustoms.com/2004GTC/Articles/iw0100.html

3. Then read these:

Facts are not always Facts
http://getcustoms.com/2004GTC/Articles/ga-2001-06-29.html

Gift Giving in Other Cultures
http://getcustoms.com/2004GTC/Articles/iw0798.html

"A Rose is a Rose" (Giving Flowers)
http://getcustoms.com/2004GTC/Articles/new012.html

Translation Blunders
http://getcustoms.com/2004GTC/Articles/iw1298.html

Odors: Varying Attitudes Towards Odors and Hygiene
http://getcustoms.com/2004GTC/Articles/iw1098.html

Colors
http://getcustoms.com/2http://delpracticewiki.wikispaces.com/Merged+Schedule004GTC/Articles/iw0298.html

International Colors and Symbols [note comment on Mexican flag]
http://getcustoms.com/2004GTC/Articles/ga-2003-04-04.html

End of Requirements for Reaction #20 Thursday 3/22

For class today: Thursday, March 22

I am disappointed in myself that I have not developed clearly this important topic of cross-cultural communication.

For today, "The Seven Dimensions of Culture" article will help us begin to dig more deeply into the topic.

Then--during this class period--I want us to work with this Google Images page [I am not certain how to pull this off!] to explore the various links and develop (on a wiki page) a more complete listing of cross-cultural communication resources.
http://bit.ly/GEI5p9




Tuesday, March 20

Beginning of Requirements for Reaction #19 Tuesday 3/20

Mexico - Cultural Etiquette - e Diplomat
http://www.ediplomat.com/np/cultural_etiquette/ce_mx.htm

Gestures or Subtle Cues
http://getcustoms.com/2004GTC/Articles/ga-2003-01-17.html

First Impressions
http://getcustoms.com/2004GTC/Articles/new010.html

Establishing a Social Relationship
http://getcustoms.com/2004GTC/Articles/iw0999.html

Mimic Local Customs to Make a Good First Impression
http://getcustoms.com/2004GTC/Articles/iw0797.html

End of Requirements for Reaction #19 Tuesday 3/20

For class today: Tuesday, March 20

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox:

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

1. Special U.S. military unit hunts Mexico border drug flights | Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/16/us-usa-mexico-taskforce-idUSBRE82F04320120316

2. Mexico's Drug War: "Head of Northern Command says it is too early to tell if drug war in Mexico is being won."
Check out this blog!
http://borderviolenceanalysis.typepad.com/mexicos_drug_war/2012/03/head-of-northern-command-says-it-is-too-early-to-tell-if-drug-war-in-mexico-is-being-won.html

D. Google Jockeys/Sweet Searchers/Class Scribes for today:

In-Class Discussion segment: What are the broad issues we should pull from the material today?
Background/Facts: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
Main Problem
Suggested Measures
Possible Effects

Research segment: Wikipedia, Google, and Sweet Search [http://www.sweetsearch.com/]

Google Images segment: http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi



For class today: Thursday 3/15

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox:

1. The Right Way to Expand a Too-Short Piece of Writing (Aliventures blog)
http://www.aliventures.com/too-short-writing/

2. Leading Blog: Hiring for Attitude
http://www.leadershipnow.com/leadingblog/2012/03/hiring_for_attitude.html

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

1. BBC News - Guide: Syria Crisis
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13855203

2. Photos: Crisis in Syria (The Denver Post Photo Blog)
http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2012/03/12/photos-crisis-syria/5256/

3. Left, right or center? Mexican political brand names explained - latimes.com
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/02/pri-pan-prd-mexico-political-outlook.html

4. Will Ferrell and his 'Mexican' movie | Mexico Unmasked
http://blogs.mcclatchydc.com/mexico/2012/03/will-ferrell-and-his-mexican-movie.html

Plus a whole bunch of other goodies!

Mexican Panaderias

Google Image Search
http://bit.ly/yvYwKL

Pan Dulce
http://la-mexicana-bakery.com/Pastries.html

Panaderia Las Tarascas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zHjBRAmmS0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Panaderias: Mexican Bakeries
http://extramsg.com/portland-food/panaderias-mexican-bakeries/

Arandas Bakery
http://www.arandasbakery.com/

Mexico's irresistible bakeries and breads: las panaderias
http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/2260-mexico-s-irresistible-bakeries-and-breads-las-panaderias

La Quinceañera

Google Image Search
http://bit.ly/whqcCz

Overview article
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quincea%C3%B1era

La Quinceañera: a celebration of budding womanhood : Mexico Living
http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/3192-la-quincea%C3%B1era-a-celebration-of-budding-womanhood

Coming of Age in Ciudad Juárez - Photo Essays - TIME magazine
http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2012592,00.html

Quinceanera History, Traditions
http://www.quinceanera-boutique.com/quinceaneratradition.htm

Quinceañeras Magazine - Find Dresses, Expos, Planners, Photos, Videos and more!
http://www.quinceanerasmagazine.com/

D. Google Jockeys/Sweet Searchers/Class Scribes for today:

In-Class Discussion segment: What are the broad issues we should pull from the material today?
Background/Facts: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
Main Problem
Suggested Measures
Possible Effects

Research segment: Wikipedia, Google, and Sweet Search [http://www.sweetsearch.com/]

Google Images segment: http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi

Mexican Corrido:

ARTSEDGE: Form and Theme in the Traditional Mexican Corrido
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/lessons/grade-9-12/Form_and_Theme_Mexican_Corrido.aspx

ARTSEDGE: Corridos About the Mexican Revolution
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/lessons/grade-9-12/Corridos_About_the_Mexican_Revolution.aspx

Linda Ronstadt - Yo soy el corrido
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_M6GMvdBAI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Linda Ronstadt - La Rielera
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjeUaCAp5II&feature=youtube_gdata_player

“Corrido del general Zapata”
http://edsitement.neh.gov/sites/default/files/worksheets/CORRIDO%20DEL%20GEN.%20ZAPATA%20LYRICS.pdf
Antonio Aguilar - Corrido del General Zapata
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD6gGzak0jI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

“El centauro de oro” (“The Gold Centaur,” a nickname given to Francisco Villa), a corrido that celebrates Francisco Villa and his immortality in the history of Mexico
http://edsitement.neh.gov/sites/default/files/worksheets/Centauro.pdf
Antonio Aguilar - El Centauro de Oro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs-2JJ-5bUk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Beginning of Requirements for Reaction #18 Thursday 3/15

1. “Avoid the Use of the Word Intervention”: Wilson and Lansing on the U.S. Invasion of Mexico
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/4947

Bio sketch of Henry Lane Wilson
http://www.pbs.org/itvs/storm-that-swept-mexico/the-revolution/faces-revolution/henry-lane-wilson/

2. The United States Armed Forces and the Mexican Punitive Expedition
http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1997/fall/mexican-punitive-expedition-1.html
http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1997/winter/mexican-punitive-expedition-2.html

Bio sketch of General John Pershing
http://www.pbs.org/itvs/storm-that-swept-mexico/the-revolution/faces-revolution/john-pershing/

End of Requirements for Reaction #18 Thursday 3/15




Tuesday 3/13

Beginning of Requirements for Reaction #17 Tuesday 3/13

The Storm That Swept Mexico (PBS)
Watch this video trailer:
http://www.pbs.org/itvs/storm-that-swept-mexico/watch/trailer/

I. The Centennial of the Mexican Revolution, 1910-2010 (EDSITEment)
http://edsitement.neh.gov/centennial-mexican-revolution-1910-2010

Read through the material on the screen, concentrating particularly on the "Background" section.

II. Just try to get the general trends and names under your belt by working through this overview article on the Mexican Revolution.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_revolution

III. Key people in the Mexican Revolution.
  • Click on the Google Images link below each of the following names
  • Read the bio sketch for each individual

a. Porfirio Diaz (President of Mexico from 1876-1911)
http://bit.ly/yV51TH

Bio sketch of Diaz
http://www.pbs.org/itvs/storm-that-swept-mexico/the-revolution/faces-revolution/porfirio-diaz/

Watch this video clip about the importance of Mexican railroads
http://www.pbs.org/itvs/storm-that-swept-mexico/watch/railway-revolution/

b. Francisco Madero
http://bit.ly/zjnVsb

Bio sketch of Madero
http://www.pbs.org/itvs/storm-that-swept-mexico/the-revolution/faces-revolution/francisco-madero/

3. Pancho Villa
http://bit.ly/w9ID9A

Bio sketch of Villa
http://www.pbs.org/itvs/storm-that-swept-mexico/the-revolution/faces-revolution/francisco-villa/

4. Emiliano Zapata ["It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees"]
http://bit.ly/zAsFeP

Bio sketch of Zapata
http://www.pbs.org/itvs/storm-that-swept-mexico/the-revolution/faces-revolution/emiliano-zapata/

Watch this video clip about Morelos: Land of Zapata
http://www.pbs.org/itvs/storm-that-swept-mexico/watch/morelos-land-of-zapata/

End of Requirements for Reaction #17 Tuesday 3/13

For class today: Tuesday 3/13

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox:

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

Mexico Institute: The Week in Review

19 March 2012
http://mexicoinstituteonelections.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/the-week-in-review-3192012/

20 February 2012
http://mexicoinstituteonelections.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/the-week-in-review-2202012/#more-1343

27 February 2012
http://mexicoinstituteonelections.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/the-week-in-review-2272012/

5 March 2012
http://mexicoinstituteonelections.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/the-week-in-review-352012/

D. Google Jockeys/Sweet Searchers/Class Scribes for today:

In-Class Discussion segment: What are the broad issues we should pull from the material today?
Background/Facts: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
Main Problem
Suggested Measures
Possible Effects

Research segment: Wikipedia, Google, and Sweet Search [http://www.sweetsearch.com/]

Google Images segment: http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi




Thursday, March 8

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox:

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

1. National History Day, this Saturday, 10 March

2. Have a good laugh over this one!
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/9126232/Sign-Language.html

3. Daniela sent this one about the appearance tomorrow (Friday) in LA Josefina Vazquez Mota.
http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/upcoming.php?event_id=522

4. Check out this Google Images search on Santa Anna's leg (thanks, Maddie, for the tip about this issue)
http://www.google.com/search?q=santa+anna's+leg&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari

5. Corruption Remains Intractable in Afghanistan Under Karzai Government - NYTimes.com
Notice that one comment that those who haven't been corrupt just have not yet gotten the opportunity to do so.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/world/asia/corruption-remains-intractable-in-afghanistan-under-karzai-government.html?hpw=&pagewanted=all

6. Veronica's comments about the forced repatriation made me want to look up more about it. Here are some links:

Los Repatriados (Bibliography)
http://www.umich.edu/~ac213/student_projects07/repatriados/bibliography.html

U.S. urged to apologize for 1930s deportations - USATODAY.com
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-04-04-1930s-deportees-cover_x.htm

Remembering California's 'Repatriation Program': NPR
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5079627

US Mexicans haunted by repatriation (BBC News)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/crossing_continents/6191862.stm

Repatriation Drives | Apology Sought for Latino 'Repatriation' Drive in '30s - Los Angeles Times
http://articles.latimes.com/2003/jul/15/local/me-repatriation15

D. Google Jockeys/Sweet Searchers/Class Scribes for today:

In-Class Discussion segment: What are the broad issues we should pull from the material today?
Background/Facts: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
Main Problem
Suggested Measures
Possible Effects

Research segment: Wikipedia, Google, and Sweet Search [http://www.sweetsearch.com/]

Google Images segment: http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi

Context material for today:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Expansion

BEGINNING OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #16

Reaction #16 Thursday 3/8
U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848)

1. Great interactive website: Mapping History
http://mappinghistory.uoregon.edu/english/US/US16-00.html
http://mappinghistory.uoregon.edu/english/US/US16-01.html
http://mappinghistory.uoregon.edu/english/US/US16-02.html

2. Public Opinion: Prewar Sentiment in Mexico
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/prelude/dm_public_opinion.html

3. Divisions in Mexico During the War
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/prelude/dm_divisions.html

4. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (read both of these pages)
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/prelude/sa_antonio.html
http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/prelude/sa_antonio_p2.html

END OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #16




Tuesday, March 6

A. Prayer/Attendance

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox:

1. "Writing Tips: Show, Don’t Tell" (Writing Forward blog)
http://www.writingforward.com/writing-tips/writing-tips-show-dont-tell?

2. "15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly" (Copyblogger blog)
http://www.copyblogger.com/grammar-goofs/

3. "In Brooklyn, Hard-Working Teachers, Sabotaged When Student Test Scores Slip" - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/nyregion/in-brooklyn-hard-working-teachers-sabotaged-when-student-test-scores-slip.html?hpw=&pagewanted=all

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

1. National History Day, this Saturday, 10 March

2. "Rick Santorum isn't crazy" (Stanley Fish editorial in New York Times)
Good points about the separation of church and state
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/rick-santorum-isnt-crazy/

D. Google Jockeys/Sweet Searchers/Class Scribes for today:

Discussion segment: What are the broad issues we should pull from the material today?
Background/Facts: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
Main Problem
Suggested Measures
Possible Effects

Research segment: Wikipedia, Google, and Sweet Search [http://www.sweetsearch.com/]

Google Images segment: http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi

Context material for today:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Expansion

BEGINNING OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #15

Reaction #15 Tuesday 3/6

Mexican Independence from Spain

1. This overview from Wikipedia is as good (and of workable length) as anything I can find.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_War_of_Independence

2. Cry of Dolores
Today in History (LOC) 16 September (scroll halfway down the page)
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/sep16.html

3. Grito de Dolores
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grito_de_Dolores

See these wonderful photo blogs:


Mexico's Bicentennial - The Big Picture - Boston.com
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/09/mexicos_bicentennial.html

The Frame: Mexico's 200th birthday bash
http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2010/09/mexicos-200th-birthday-bash.html

Texas

4. Countdown to War
http://www.dmwv.org/mexwar/history/count.htm

5. Republic of Texas
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/alamo/sfeature/sf_republic.html

6. Alamo (Finding Dulcinea)
http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/on-this-day/Feb/On-this-Day--The-Alamo-Came-Under-Attack.html

END OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #15




Thursday, March 1

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox:

1. Maintain Your Mentoring Relationship - Management Tip of the Day - March 01, 2012 - Harvard Business Review
http://hbr.org/tip?date=030112

2. Leading Blog: Tweets Compilation, February 2012
http://www.leadershipnow.com/leadingblog/2012/02/leadershipnow_140_february_201_2.html

3. On Criticism, Cynicism & Sharpening Your Gut Instinct
http://the99percent.com/tips/7128/On-Criticism-Cynicism-Sharpening-Your-Gut-Instinct?

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

1. Texas 'navy' to patrol the Rio Grande
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/29/texas-navy-to-patrol-the-rio-grande/?hpt=hp_t3

D. Google Jockeys/Sweet Searchers/Class Scribes for today:

Discussion segment: What are the broad issues we should pull from the material today?
Background/Facts: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
Main Problem
Suggested Measures
Possible Effects

Research segment: Wikipedia, Google, and Sweet Search [http://www.sweetsearch.com/]

Google Images segment: http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi

Material for today's class session:

BEGINNING OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #14

Legacy of the Conquest

Cortes' Legacy [6 pages in this section]
http://www.pbs.org/opb/conquistadors/mexico/mexico.htm

Click on "more" at the bottom of each page.
Click on the icons to get more information

1. Introduction

2. A Legacy of death
Icons: [Expand on each of these]

Conversion of the Aztecs
Spanish colonial policies
Disease (smallpox)

3. The Columbian Exchange [expand on this]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbian_Exchange

Icons: Columbian exchange and quest for gold

4. Spanish colonialism

Expand on the Treaty of Tordesillas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Tordesillas

Expand on the Requerimiento
In Spanish, not Latin [as I mistakenly said last time]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Requerimiento

Requerimiento
http://www.utexas.edu/courses/wilson/contact_2007/requerimiento.html

Viceroyalty of New Spain

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viceroyalty_of_New_Spain

Encomienda

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encomienda

END OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #14




Tuesday, February 28

A. Prayer

B. Items of interest since we were last together:

Map of Mexican Civilizations
http://images.classwell.com/mcd_xhtml_ebooks/2005_world_history/images/mcd_awh2005_0618376798_p447_f1.jpg

1. Alex was right in suggesting that even the Bible writers knew the earth was not flat:
Did Bible writers believe the earth was flat? • ChristianAnswers.Net
http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-c015.html

2. Here are a few other articles about who wrote about the earth being round:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spherical_Earth

The Round Earth and Christopher Columbus
http://www.phy6.org/stargaze/Scolumb.htm

3. That heresy trial was the one of Galileo; here are two links:
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/galileo/galileo.html
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/galileo/galileoaccount.html

4. Romney's rugged Mormon ancestors sowed riches in Mexico | Reuter
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/24/us-mexico-mormons-idUSTRE81N1AJ20120224

5. Our classmate, Heather Murphy, will be presenting at Common Day of Learning:
Celebrating Excellence in Undergraduate Research: Winning Entries in the Fourth Annual Honors Paper Competition

6. Check out this Common Day of Learning presentation entitled "Learning to Navigate Cultural Differences"

7. Some interesting news about Mexico's new Presidency candidates (Thanks to Daniela)
http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/23/world/americas/mexico-josefina-vazquez-mota/index.html?iref=allsearch

8. Border Trips by Mexico Institute staffers
http://mexicoinstitute.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/al-dia-two-weeks-two-countries-and-800-miles-of-the-texas-mexico-border-5/
http://mexicoinstitute.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/al-diatraveling-the-texas-mexico-border-2/

9. Nogales, Mexico - A Few Steps, and a Whole World Away - NYTimes.com
http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/travel/nogales-mexico-a-few-steps-and-a-whole-world-away.html?src=dayp&pagewanted=all

10. Crossing Into Nogales, Mexico - Slide Show - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/02/26/travel/26NOGALES2.html

11. In New York Teacher Ratings, Good Test Scores Aren’t Always Good Enough - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/nyregion/in-new-york-teacher-ratings-good-test-scores-arent-always-good-enough.html?_r=1

C. Google Jockeys/Sweet Searchers/Class Scribes for today:

Discussion segment: What are the broad issues we should pull from the material today?
Background/Facts: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
Main Problem
Suggested Measures
Possible Effects

Research segment: Wikipedia, Google, and Sweet Search [http://www.sweetsearch.com/]

Google Images segment: http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi

Material for today's class session:

BEGINNING OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #13 Tuesday 2/28

Reaction #13 Tuesday 2/28

Click on the following to access this portion of the material we will study:
http://www.pbs.org/conquistadors/cortes/cortes_flat.html

It is organized into 9 sections, as represented by the nine icons on the left sidebar. Each section has three subheads within it.

So, within each of the nine categories outlined below, click on each of the three subheads listed at the top of the screen.

Also, notice what you can learn from the Aztec Scroll at the top right of the screen.

I have listed my thoughts as I worked through each of the screens; use them as a springboard for your own reaction.

We may save some of this for Thursday's class.

GOOGLE EARTH: USE IT

1. Aztec Empire: [1517-1519: First Contact]

Spanish settlement in Hispaniola and Cuba

a. A Fragile State
What was the condition of Montezuma's empire?
How did that condition help or hinder the plans of Cortes?

b. Hernan Cortes
What does it mean by "Indies"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indies

Why was gold so important to Cortes.
Read the "History" section in
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold#History

c. Yucatan Expedition
Yucatan peninsula
Veracruz
Maya civilization
Importance of prior Spanish expeditions.

See, if necessary for context:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diego_de_Velasquez
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_de_Grijalva

2. Cortes Expedition: [February 1519, Cortes defies the Governor]

Read carefully this overview.
Get the story fixed in your mind.

Reminder to myself: use Google Earth: Cuba to Yucatan only 120 miles

Check out this Google Images page for Mayan Pyramids
http://bit.ly/y22BI9

How fortunate for Cortes to come across several persons who will be able to help him speak to the Aztec chief.

Geronimo de Aguilar
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger%C3%B3nimo_de_Aguilar

Malinche
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malinche

Aztec language: Nahuatl
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nahuatl

a. Expedition force
This is a terrific summary of the "army" he had to begin his expedition.
Let's talk about the components of this force.

War dogs
http://bit.ly/zx1gnX

b. Malinche
What is her legacy: in Spain, in Mexico

c. Cortes route
He really wanted to reach China. Why?

3. Montezuma's Messengers [April 20, 1519: A Display of Force]

What are some of the interesting cross-cultural implications in this passage?

a. Royal greeting
Teudile already knew a good bit about what the Spanish had already done.

b. Montezuma II
Read this article about Montezuma II
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moctezuma_II

c. Human sacrifice
How would you react to something like this today?

4. From Explore to Conquer: [Cortes burns his boats]

The plot thickens. What are the facts we should keep in mind.

Get some of the names fixed in your head:
Quetzalcoatl
Tenochtitlán (what is now called Mexico City)
Tlaxcalans (one of many major tribes within what is now Mexico)
Cholula

a. Stunned Aztecs
Does some of this material remind you of any parts of the Bible where they talk of soothsayers, etc. helping a king interpret events.

b. Lust for gold
What about the phrase "talking gibberish among themselves." Is that what most people would say about a language they don't understand?

c. Queztalcalatl
Get this story clear in your head. Cortes was in luck, wasn't he?

END OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #13



Thursday, February 23

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox

1. Editorial by Bill Gates
For Teachers, Shame Is No Solution - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/opinion/for-teachers-shame-is-no-solution.html?_r=1

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

1. Mother Pushing Stroller in Texas Hit With Bullet From Mexico - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/02/21/world/americas/21reuters-border-shooting-texas.html?_r=1

2. BBC News - Fast Track - Can Mexico re-brand itself?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/fast_track/9694817.stm

3. Road trip along the U.S.-Mexico border--Mexico Institute
http://mexicoinstitute.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/al-dia-two-weeks-two-countries-and-800-miles-of-the-texas-mexico-border-3/

D. Google Jockeys/Sweet Searchers/Class Scribes for today:

Discussion segment: What are the broad issues we should pull from the material today?
Background/Facts: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
Main Problem
Suggested Measures
Possible Effects

Research segment: Wikipedia, Google, and Sweet Search [http://www.sweetsearch.com/]

Google Images segment: http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi

Material for today's class session:

BEGINNING OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #12 Thursday 2/23

Here is something to whet the appetite of all you athletic persons!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesoamerican_ballgame

Now begin the required reading for today's reaction:

Cortes and the Spanish

The Promise of the New World [3 pages in this section]
http://www.pbs.org/opb/conquistadors/mexico/mexico.htm

Click on "more" at the bottom of each page.
Click on the icons to get more information

1. Introduction

2. How did they get there?
Icons: Conquistador's mission and Spanish technology

Context Digression: Let's go over some of the material about this period that I use in HIST 151:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Exploration

3. Voyage to the unknown

4. The following is part of the reaction requirement:
Read these three screens from this European Voyages of Exploration website:
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/Imperial.html
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/aztec.html
http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/eurvoya/ship.html

END OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #12



Tuesday, February 21

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox

1. States Address Problems With Teacher Evaluations - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/20/education/states-address-problems-with-teacher-evaluations.html?_r=1

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

1. 'No More Weapons' billboard placed on US-Mexican border | World news | guardian.co.uk
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/17/no-more-weapons-billboard-us-mexico

2. Mexico's woman presidential hopeful gains favor in poll | Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/20/us-mexico-election-idUSTRE81J0WA20120220

3. Zetas plotted with Mexican prison guards in escape | Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/20/us-mexico-jail-idUSTRE81J19N20120220

D. Google Jockeys/Sweet Searchers/Class Scribes for today:

Discussion segment: What are the broad issues we should pull from the material today?
Background/Facts: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
Main Problem
Suggested Measures
Possible Effects

Research segment: Wikipedia, Google, and Sweet Search [http://www.sweetsearch.com/]

Google Images segment: http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi

Material for today's class session:

We will use the same website for each of the next four class sessions.

Let's go over its layout:

http://www.pbs.org/opb/conquistadors/mexico/mexico.htm

http://www.pbs.org/conquistadors/cortes/cortes_flat.html

BEGINNING OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #11

Reaction #11 Tuesday 2/21

Montezuma and the Aztecs
http://www.pbs.org/opb/conquistadors/mexico/mexico.htm

A. Aztec Life and Times [7 pages in this section]

Click on "more" at the bottom of each page.

Click on the icons to get additional information

1. Introduction

2. Religion and Human Sacrifice
Icons: Symbol of Mexico and Land Reclamation

3. Life in the Aztec World
Icons: Human sacrifice and Patolli

4. Family life
Icons: Clothing and society; Aztec diet

5. Aztec children and education
Icons: Raising children and warrior training

6. Aztec calendar: road map of destiny
Icon: Aztec calendar

7. Aztec writing
Icon: Aztec books (Codex)

B. The Aztec Empire [4 pages in this section]
http://www.pbs.org/opb/conquistadors/mexico/mexico.htm

Click on "more" at the bottom of each page.
Click on the icons to get more information

1. Introduction

2. Expansion of the Empire
Icons: Policy of Conquest and Tenochtitlan

3. Montezuma II
Icons: Montezuma II and Aztec rulers

4. Omens of doom
Icon: Omens of doom

END OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #11




Thursday, February 16

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox

1. Mooresville School District, a Laptop Success Story - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/13/education/mooresville-school-district-a-laptop-success-story.html?_r=1&ref=education&pagewanted=all

2. A Classroom Software Boom, but Mixed Results Despite the Hype - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/09/technology/a-classroom-software-boom-but-mixed-results-despite-the-hype.html?ref=gradingthedigitalschool&pagewanted=all

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

1. A Policy Debate, Not an Attack - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com [material about educational reform in the United States of Amerca]
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/03/06/why-blame-the-teachers/a-policy-debate-not-an-attack

D. Google Jockeys/Sweet Searchers/Class Scribes for today:

Discussion segment: What are the broad issues we should pull from the material today?

Background/Facts: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
Main Problem
Suggested Measures
Possible Effects

Research segment:

a. Sweet Search: http://www.sweetsearch.com/

b. Google:

c. Wikipedia

Google Images segment:

Remember to use Google Images for persons, events, newspaper headlines
http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi

Material for today's class session:

BEGINNING OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #10 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Mexicans confront racism with white, black doll video - latimes.com
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2011/12/mexico-racism-video-children-debate-race.html

Video of man beating Mexican parking attendant triggers calls for authorities to tackle prejudice | World news | The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/11/video-man-beating-mexican-parking
NEW: Man was convicted and got a prison sentence
http://blogs.mcclatchydc.com/mexico/2012/02/a-gentleman-heads-to-prison.html

[These next few articles are in chronological order; the same theme reoccurs]:

Racism? Mexico's in Denial. (1995) New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/1995/06/11/weekinreview/the-world-racism-mexico-s-in-denial.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

Racism Rears Its Ugly Head in Mexico (2005) San Francisco Chronicle
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2005/08/03/cstillwell.DTL&ao=all

Racism in Mexico rears its ugly head (2010) Los Angeles Times
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/05/world/la-fg-mexico-racism-20100705

In Mexico, Times report on network's use of blackface renews racism debate (2010) Los Angeles Times
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/laplaza/2010/07/mexico-race-racism-black-face-televisa.html

END OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #10 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16




Tuesday, February 14

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox

1. In Tough Situations, Unplug and Wait - Management Tip of the Day - February 14, 2012 - Harvard Business Review
http://hbr.org/tip?date=021412

2. Nine Reasons Managers Struggle (Leading blog)
http://www.leadershipnow.com/leadingblog/2012/02/nine_reasons_managers_struggle.html

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

1. Our classmate, Stephanie Savedra, is a member of an incredible group:
Ballet Folklorico de Sally Savedra
http://thesallysavedradancers.blogspot.com/

2. Tuba Thefts Plague California Schools - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/10/education/tuba-thefts-plague-california-schools.html?_r=1

3. Votive paintings of Mexico [Retablos, ex-votos]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Votive_paintings_of_Mexico

4. My thanks to Bret Thompson for forwarding the following article:

U.S. soccer players in Mexico
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/20120119/usplayers-mexico/

5. Today in History: February 14 Valentine's Day (Library of Congress)
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/feb14.html

6. St. Valentine beheaded — History.com This Day in History — 2/14/278
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/st-valentine-beheaded

7. Marriage Suits Educated Women - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/opinion/sunday/marriage-suits-educated-women.html?hp=&pagewanted=all

8. The Knicks’ Jeremy Lin — Faith, Pride and Points - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/sports/basketball/the-knicks-jeremy-lin-faith-pride-and-points.html?pagewanted=all&src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB

D. Google Jockeys/Sweet Searchers/Class Scribes for today: Brittany and Chanel

Discussion segment: What are the broad issues we should pull from the material today?

Background/Facts: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How (specific students responsible for each question through the course of the semester)
Main Problem
Suggested Measures
Possible Effects

Research segment:

a. Sweet Search:
http://www.sweetsearch.com/

b. Google:

c. Wikipedia:

Google Images segment:

Remember to use Google Images for persons, events, newspaper headlines
http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi

Mexico Tourism segment:

Discover Mexico through its Routes
The Huastecas and their Outstanding Beauty
http://www.theroutesofmexico.com/wb/Visitmexico/las_bellezas_huastecas

Material for today's class session:

1. Facts about Mexico's education system | Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/13/us-mexico-education-factbox-idUSTRE73C4UY20110413

2. The "teacher" holds back the pupils | The Economist
Elba Esther Gordillo, an old-fashioned union boss, has a stranglehold over her country's failing schools
http://www.economist.com/node/9516526

3. Few pupils learn with Mexico's "Teacher" | Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/13/us-mexico-education-idUSTRE73C4U920110413

4. Education in Mexico: Schooling the whole family | The Economist
http://www.economist.com/node/18682699

Mexicanos Primero
http://mexicanosprimero.org/

5. The Handbook for Educators Who Work with Children of Mexican Origin
http://people.uncw.edu/martinezm/Handbook/html/transfer.htm



Grayson article excerpts

'Jimmy Hoffa in a Dress': Union Boss's Stranglehold on Mexican Education Creates Immigration Fallout | Center for Immigration Studies
This article written by College of William and Mary professor George Grayson
http://www.cis.org/mexican_education_fraud.html

"The elementary school day provides for only four hours of instruction in an outmoded curriculum that has been handed down from generation to generation and is zealously guarded by the change-averse SNTE [National Union of Educational Workers].

In lieu of creative approaches to stimulate students, teachers stress rote learning and harsh discipline as evinced in their mantra: "Be Quiet, Pay Attention, and Work in your own seat!"

In indigenous areas, instructors sometimes use students to perform menial chores for them.

This same ethos of submissiveness to strong, hierarchical control characterizes the teachers’ relationship to their union."

II. SNTE and its Leader (key section of article)

"Gordillo herself was widowed at age 18 after donating a kidney to her dying spouse. She followed in her mother’s footsteps, teaching in the countryside and, later, in one of Mexico City’s poorest areas.

As a teenager, she joined the SNTE and, as a stalwart in the Revolutionary Vanguard, a dissident current within the union, began excoriating Jonguitud for his corrupt and ineffective leadership.

Rather than lash out at this fiery, young upstart, Jonguitud invited her into his leadership circle and, reportedly, into his bed. This ensured Gordillo’s meteoric ascent through the ranks of her profession.

Critics claim that with her intimate friend Jonguitud’s blessing, she won a disputed contest to head the SNTE in México State, the most populous of the country’s 31 states."


Thursday, February 9

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

1. When politicians' daughters tweet '$#*!' | Mexico Unmasked
http://blogs.mcclatchydc.com/mexico/2012/02/when-politicians-daughters-tweet-.html

2. My thanks to Angelica Saenz for pointing out this article:
The Death of the Short-Handled Hoe (El Cortito)
http://www.pbs.org/itvs/fightfields/book1.html

3. Note: Mexicans usually have three names.

On a business card, these are presented in the following order: first name, paternal family name and maternal family name.

In addressing someone, you should use the paternal family name. For instance, Sr. Pablo Gomez Ortega would be addressed as Sr. Gomez.

Increasingly, Mexicans are abbreviating their maternal family name. In such cases, the name would appear as Sr. Pablo Gomez O. In other cases, the maternal name is dropped altogether.

D. Google Jockeys/Sweet Searchers/Class Scribes for today: Emily and Jennifer

Discussion segment: What are the broad issues we should pull from the material today?

Background/Facts: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
Main Problem
Suggested Measures
Possible Effects

Research segment: Bracero program, short-handled hoe

a. Sweet Search: http://www.sweetsearch.com/
b. Google:

Google Images segment:

Remember to use Google Images for persons, events, newspaper headlines
http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi

Bracero Program
http://bit.ly/ySMUCX

Short-handled Hoe
http://bit.ly/ArCPvm

Material for today's class session:

BRACERO/GUEST WORKER PROGRAMS

Opportunity or Exploitation: The Bracero Program (Smithsonian National Museum of American History)
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthemove/themes/story_51_5.html

Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program (Smithsonian National Museum of American History)
http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/small_exhibition.cfm?key=1267&exkey=770
Work through each of the 14 different screens.

Former bracero recalls program's legacy
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/15/local/la-me-tobar-20101015

Guest-worker Programs for the 21st Century (Center for Immigration Studies)
http://www.cis.org/GuestWorkerProgramReform




TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox

1. Wordle Revisited (Prof Hacker blog - The Chronicle of Higher Education)
http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/wordle-revisited/38293

2. Research Explains Why Some People Don't Speak Up in Small Groups (Wall Street Journal)
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204136404577207020525853492.html?mod=WSJ_hps_RIGHTTopCarousel_1

3. Get to Know Your Boss’s Boss - Management Tip of the Day - February 07, 2012 - Harvard Business Review
http://hbr.org/tip?date=020712

4. (Leading Blog) 5 Leadership Lessons: Great Leaders Grow
http://www.leadershipnow.com/leadingblog/2012/02/5_leadership_lessons_leadershi_1.html

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

1. (Hat tip to Jordan Biasotti for reminding me to mention this)

Wikispaces saves your material, but be sure to keep a Microsoft Word copy as well.
Here is how to revert to a prior version: Go to Revisions at the top of your page.

2. BBC News - When did the middle finger become offensive?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16916263

3. 50 Synonyms for “Idea” (Daily Writing Tips)
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/50-synonyms-for-idea/

4. Items about U.S. military commands
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Northern_Command
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified_Combatant_Command#Current_Commands
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Southern_Command

5. Preparan la visita de Peña Nieto a Mexicali
http://www.el-mexicano.com.mx/informacion/noticias/1/3/estatal/2012/02/05/544071/preparan-la-visita-de-pena-nieto-a-mexicali.aspx

6. Woman selected as candidate for Mexican presidency
a. Ruling Party in Mexico Picks Woman as Candidate - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/07/world/americas/ruling-party-in-mexico-picks-woman-as-candidate.html?hp
b. Josefina Vázquez Mota to run for Mexican presidency | The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/06/josefina-vazquez-mota-mexican-presidency

7. One of the other three candidates for Mexican presidency says the following:
'I don't speak English,' and so what? | Mexico Unmasked
http://blogs.mcclatchydc.com/mexico/2012/02/i-dont-speak-english-and-so-what.html

8.Mexico Institute weekly summary of the presidential race
bit.ly/yHG0Vw

9. The tunnels of Gaza and Tijuana | Mexico Unmasked
http://blogs.mcclatchydc.com/mexico/2012/02/the-tunnels-of-gaza-and-tijuana.html

D. Google Jockeys/Sweet Searchers/Class Scribes for today: Devin and Danica

E. Grading

I can't guarantee a "B" as somewhat of a default grade.

F. Note: I have to take time to call on you to see if you are staying up with your reactions and to build on your comments in them.
So that has to be the way we will start our discussions.

Discussion segment: Put Headings on White Board

Background/Facts: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
Main Problem
Suggested Measures
Possible Effects

Research segment (Thanks to Jordan Biasotti's suggestion)

a. Sweet Search: http://www.sweetsearch.com/
The first two screens are the most useful.
On those screens, how to choose which links to check out:
Decide using URL.

b. Google: what does it give us that Sweet Search does not?

Google Images segment:
Remember to use Google Images for persons, events, newspaper headlines
http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi




BEGINNING OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #7 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7

IMMIGRATION

Discover Mexico through its Routes
The magic of Traditions and Nature
http://www.theroutesofmexico.com/wb/Visitmexico/la_magia_de_las_tradiciones_y_la_naturaleza


Note: Useful New York Times Topic
Immigration - Times Topics - The New York Times
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/i/immigration-and-emigration/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier

After Workers Are Fired, an Immigration Debate Roils California Campus [Pomona College]
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/us/after-workers-are-fired-an-immigration-debate-roils-california-campus.html?_r=1

Smugglers Guide Illegal Immigrants with Cellphones
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/09/us/09coyotes.html?_r=1

Romney Immigration Position at Odds With Mormon Church - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/03/us/politics/romney-immigration-position-at-odds-with-mormon-church.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=all

Immigration Upended/Changes at Home
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/07/06/world/americas/immigration.html

Kansas prepares for clash of wills over future of its unauthorized immigrants
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/02/kansas-prepares-clash-unauthorised-migrants


END OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #7 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7




BEGINNING OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #8 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9

BRACERO/GUEST WORKER PROGRAMS

Opportunity or Exploitation: The Bracero Program (Smithsonian National Museum of American History)
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthemove/themes/story_51_5.html

Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program Smithsonian National Museum of American History
http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/small_exhibition.cfm?key=1267&exkey=770
Work through each of the 14 different screens.

Former bracero recalls program's legacy
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/15/local/la-me-tobar-20101015

Guestworker Programs for the 21st Century (Center for Immigration Studies)
http://www.cis.org/GuestWorkerProgramReform

END OF REQUIREMENTS FOR REACTION #8 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9



Thursday, February 2

A. Prayer

B. Items for our Professional Toolbox

C. Items of interest since we were last together:

1. 'Putting Two Intoxicants Back Into the Same Sentence' - NYTimes.com
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/putting-two-intoxicants-back-into-the-same-sentence/

2. Heckled during speech, Mexico's president defends drug war - latimes.com
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/01/calderon-mexico-president-speech-interrupted-guadalajara.html

3. Who the heck is 'Vicente Calderon'? | Mexico Unmasked
http://blogs.mcclatchydc.com/mexico/2012/02/who-the-heck-is-vicente-calderon.html

D. Google Jockeys/Sweet Searchers/Class Scribes for Thursday, February 2

See Class Scribe page (AA Class Scribe) on our class wiki

Michael Hopson, Eric Mansour

E. Discussions:

I have thought deeply (and gone back to my file entitled "Discussion") about how to reorient class time toward you doing more of the talking and how to organize that effort.



Case Method

Put Headings on White Board

Ways to organize our information:

A.
Background/Facts
Main Problem
Suggested Measures
Possible Effects

B.
Journalist questions:
Who
What
Where
When
Why
How

C. Broader implications of the material

D. Additional questions to ask of the material



I (we) have to figure out how to match up my requiring of you sufficient reading assignments, how deeply you do them, what then you choose to write your reactions about using only 500 words, how (or if) we build in class on your reaction, and what parts of all of that was assigned we can reasonably discuss during our face time, whether I have you work together prior to discussion, how I call on you (and put up your reaction on the projector) to make sure you are each held accountable.

Let's talk a bit about each part of that long sentence.

We can analyze the material assigned for today by those criteria.

Our discussion today will inform how I specify the upcoming assignments.

I need to be able to have you operate without continuous prompts from me. I simply can't stay always enough ahead of the game to give detailed assignments.


F. Class today

It is not easy to find a nice online map of Mexico that show precisely these ten cities on the same map.
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/maps/north-america/mexico/

Discover Mexico's Ten World Heritage Cities
http://www.visitmexico.com/en-us/world-heritage-cities-of-mexico

Campeche
Mexico City
Guanajuato
Morelia
Oaxaca
Puebla
Queretaro
San Miguel de Allende
Tlacotalpan
Zacatecas

MEXICAN MILITARY

What are the issues in each one of these articles?

U.S. military works with Mexico to fight drug traffickers - USATODAY.com
http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2010-04-06-Mexico_N.htm

Special Report: Federal forces sully Mexico's war on drugs | Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/27/us-mexico-ciudadjuarez-violence-idUSTRE7BQ0BN20111227

Assailed Mexican State Fires City's Police - WSJ.com
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203686204577114803311099824.html?mod=djemITP_h

Mexican Military Flies Over South Texas | Military.com
http://www.military.com/news/article/mexican-military-flies-over-south-texas.html

Mexico military faces political risks over drug war - Los Angeles Times
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/mar/23/world/la-fg-mexico-army23-2010mar23




BEGINNING OF REQUIREMENTS FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 31 REACTION

Reaction for Tuesday, January 31

Section entitled "The Impact of the Conflict and Proposed Solutions"
http://www.findingdulcinea.com/guides/Reference/The-Mexican-Drug-War.xa_1.html

A. Council on Foreign Relations
Mexico's Drug War
http://www.cfr.org/publication/13689/

Read this completely.

Go to the bottom: More on This Story

Several of the links are worth pursuing.

1. The Drug War in Mexico - Council on Foreign Relations
http://www.cfr.org/mexico/drug-war-mexico/p24262

2. How Mexico Can Win the Drug War, Colombia's Way - Council on Foreign Relations
http://www.cfr.org/mexico/mexico-can-win-drug-war-colombias-way/p25298

B. Finding Dulcinea
Former Latin American Presidents Call for Drug War Reform
http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/Americas/2009/feb/Former-Latin-American-Presidents-Call-for-Drug-War-Reform.html

Read this completely.

What items to follow up on?

C. Brookings Institute
The Violent Drug Market in Mexico and Lessons from Colombia
http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2009/03_mexico_drug_market_felbabbrown.aspx

Read this completely.

How do we access the complete report?

See "Related Content" section at bottom.

D. NPR (National Public Radio)
Clinton Touts Anti-Drug Cooperation In Mexico
http://www.npr.org/tablet/#story/?storyId=102353836

Read this completely.

END OF REQUIREMENTS FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 31 REACTION




BEGINNING OF REQUIREMENTS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, REACTION

MEXICAN MILITARY

Discover Mexico's World Heritage Cities
http://www.visitmexico.com/en-us/world-heritage-cities-of-mexico

U.S. military works with Mexico to fight drug traffickers - USATODAY.com
http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2010-04-06-Mexico_N.htm

Special Report: Federal forces sully Mexico's war on drugs | Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/27/us-mexico-ciudadjuarez-violence-idUSTRE7BQ0BN20111227

Assailed Mexican State Fires City's Police - WSJ.com
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203686204577114803311099824.html?mod=djemITP_h

Mexican Military Flies Over South Texas | Military.com
http://www.military.com/news/article/mexican-military-flies-over-south-texas.html

Mexico military faces political risks over drug war - Los Angeles Times
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/mar/23/world/la-fg-mexico-army23-2010mar23

END OF REQUIREMENTS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2




Thursday, January 26
New items since we were last together:

1. Would Mitt Romney be the first Mexican American president? - latimes.com
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-would-mitt-romney-be-the-first-mexicanamerican-president-20120125,0,2113449.story

2. Mexican Last Names:
Hispanic Last Names: Why Two of Them? | Dr. Manuel A. Perez-Quinones
http://perez.cs.vt.edu/twolastnames

What is in a Mexican name? - in Mexico, at least two last names are required
http://www.mexicomatters.net/mexicoculturaldistinctions/07_whatisinanameinmexico_twolastnames.php

The Handbook for Educators Who Work with Children of Mexican Origin
http://people.uncw.edu/martinezm/Handbook/html/transfer.htm

3. Drug War

BBC News - 100 years of the war on drugs
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16681673

BBC News - Zetas are Mexico's 'largest drug gang', study says
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-16712239



BEGINNING OF REQUIREMENTS FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 REACTION

Reaction for Thursday, January 26

Section entitled "The Drug Conflict Today"
http://www.findingdulcinea.com/guides/Reference/The-Mexican-Drug-War.xa_1.html

A. Mexico Under Siege
Los Angeles Times special project
http://projects.latimes.com/mexico-drug-war/#/its-a-war

Dig around in here.

What items in particular would you want us to read for class?

See also:

New York Times TOPIC: Mexican Drug Trafficking
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/mexico/drug_trafficking/index.html

Dig around in here as well.

What would you like to pursue from this website?

B. Finding Dulcinea
http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/Americas/2009/April/Mexican-Drug-War-Spills-Over-U-S--Border-Amid-Government-Inaction-.html#1

Read this completely.

How can we use this article to expand our search for useful sources?

C. BBC
Q&A: Mexico's drug-related violence
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-10681249

Read this completely.

Go to the bottom of the page ("More on This Story") to follow up on other sources.

1. BBC News - Cartoons enlisted to tackle Mexico's drug war 'myths'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-14322001

2. BBC News - Mexico's drugs war: Lessons and challenges
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-16337488

D. NPR
Juarez Police Face Both Criminals and Suspicions
http://www.npr.org/tablet/#story/?storyId=91955586

Read this completely.

Go to bottom of the page: "Related NPR Stories"
All these are from 2008.
How to get more recent NPR stories.

Overall: I might need to be more alert to good material from NPR.
I virtually never listen to radio though, so how should I use their website homepage?

END OF REQUIREMENTS FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 REACTION




BEGIN HERE FOR THE REACTION FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 24

Read completely the following articles to whet your appetite for this exciting topic:

Inside the Homes of Mexico’s Alleged Drug Lords - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/garden/inside-the-homes-of-mexicos-alleged-drug-lords.html?ref=americas&pagewanted=all

Mexico Drug War Bloodies Areas Thought Safe - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/world/americas/mexico-drug-war-bloodies-areas-thought-safe.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=all

Mexico’s changing drug war: Shifting sands | The Economist
http://www.economist.com/node/21540289

Mexican Soldiers Are Outgunned by Drug Traffickers - The Daily Beast
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/05/18/outmatched.html

U.S. Widens Its Role in Battle Against Mexico’s Drug Cartels - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/07/world/07drugs.html?pagewanted=all

Mexico’s drug war: Not so fast | The Economist
http://www.economist.com/node/21543183


Continuing the requirements for the Tuesday, January 24 reaction.

Let's begin with a portion of the website we will use for the next three class sessions.

Origins of the Mexican Drug Conflict (Finding Dulcinea)
http://www.findingdulcinea.com/guides/Reference/The-Mexican-Drug-War.xa_1.html

Read this entire screen

SECTION ONE: Origins of the Mexican Drug Conflict

A. PBS FRONTLINE
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/drugs/cron/

Just scan this one.

B. Congressional Research Service (CRS)
CRS Report for Congress: Mexico's Drug Cartels (October 2007)
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL34215.pdf

Read this completely.

C. TIME magazine
In Mexico's Drug War, Bad Cops Are a Mounting Problem
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1861296,00.html

Read this completely.

Add to your knowledge by clicking on the Photo collection icons on the left side of the article.

END OF REQUIREMENTS FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 REACTION



Thursday, January 19

Work through the material assigned as reaction topic.

A. Those think tanks sites were not as helpful as I had hoped.

1. Skip this one.
Institute for Mexico and the United States
University of California (Riverside)
http://ucmexus.ucr.edu/

2. Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies
University of California (San Diego)
http://usmex.ucsd.edu/

Serendipity:
http://usmex.ucsd.edu/research/21st-century-us-mexico-project/

3. Katz Center for Mexican Studies
University of Chicago
http://mexicanstudies.uchicago.edu/

Serendipity:
Mexico Resources: Library catalogs
http://mexicanstudies.uchicago.edu/page/mexico-links



Digression: Value Added: HLAS
Library of Congress: Handbook of Latin American Studies online
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/hlas/

Hispanic Reading Room Home Page (Library of Congress)
http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/



B. Spend most of our class time on these two articles:

1. Remittances to Mexico are rebounding - latimes.com
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-mexico-remittances-20120112,0,6700884.story

2. Young U.S. Citizens in Mexico Up Early to Learn in the U.S. - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/17/us/young-us-citizens-in-mexico-up-early-to-learn-in-the-us.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=all

Students will comment first, using their reactions.

What to look for in our assignments:

What major themes can we pull out of the articles we read?
What is your feeling on how much more we should study those themes?
What links can we follow up on or what people should we learn more about?

Then we will sort back through the articles, noting whatever else might be of use.





Our upcoming schedule:

I took the advice you gave me on Tuesday concerning your main interests.

Using Sweet Search[http://www.sweetsearch.com/], I came up with numerous exciting resources [http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Shuttle+POLI+390] but have not yet had a chance to sort through them all and decide in what order to go at them.

We will spend the next few sessions working on the drug war, immigration, education, oil, and tourism. Later in the semester we will dig into the history piece of our course.

Side note: Let's have at least two Sweet Search/Google Jockey students [http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Google+Jockey] for each of our future class sessions




Reaction required for Thursday, January 19

Base your 500-word reaction on the following:

1. Work through each of these three think tank sites:

Institute for Mexico and the United States
University of California (Riverside)
http://ucmexus.ucr.edu/

Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies
University of California (San Diego)
http://usmex.ucsd.edu/

Katz Center for Mexican Studies
University of Chicago
http://mexicanstudies.uchicago.edu/

2. Read these two articles:

Young U.S. Citizens in Mexico Up Early to Learn in the U.S. - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/17/us/young-us-citizens-in-mexico-up-early-to-learn-in-the-us.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=all

Remittances to Mexico are rebounding - latimes.com
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-mexico-remittances-20120112,0,6700884.story




Tuesday, January 17

Work through the Mexico Institute website
Mexico Institute
http://www.wilsoncenter.org/program/mexico-institute



Thursday, January 12

A. My wife, Carole, will drop by this morning.
http://www.apu.edu/clas/faculty/clambert/

Go to the following section on my ABOUT page:
"A Summer Job at Jamestown leads to the Blessing of a Wonderful Wife"
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/About+Me


B. Friday Songs (on Thursday)
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Friday+Songs


C. Info card
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Info+Card

On info card, add this question as #10: Mention if you can handle material in Spanish, and if you have been to Mexico/Mexicali.


D. Our class wiki
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Wiki+help

http://mexicospring2012.wikispaces.com/

I have to figure out how best to invite those who are not on the roster whom I emailed this morning.
Can you just go to the link and ask to be a member.
Or should I get your email address and invite you?


E. How to lay out your reactions on the wiki page

500-words (minimum) per reaction

1. Check the format of your page.

2. Please put the most recent reaction on top.

3. Separate each reaction with a horizontal line.

4. If you didn't do an entry, put the title in anyway and leave the rest blank.

5. Please title each entry (like the examples below) with the reaction number, the day of the week, the date, and the topic:

Reaction #1 Tuesday 1/17 Mexico Institute

Reaction #2 Thursday 1/19

Reaction #3 Tuesday 1/24


F. Reaction required for Tuesday, January 17

Mexico Institute
http://www.wilsoncenter.org/program/mexico-institute

Review the website by working your way through each part of it.

Which items interest you the most as subjects you want us to cover this semester.


G. Grading Memo
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Grading


H. Mexicali
Go to Google News
Select Spanish language version for Mexico
Search on "Mexical"
Set up an "Alertas Google" that comes to your email

See specific links below under Mexicali section entitled as follows:
Items from Mexican Newspapers (using Alertas Google)





January 10

I. Why me? Why am I teaching a course about Mexico?

II. Mexico candidate Enrique Pena Nieto is not off to a good start - latimes.com
Let's go through this article in detail
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mexico-pena-nieto-20120108,0,6651395,full.story

III. Supporting items arising out of that article and my stream of consciousness therefrom:

Elección 2012 México: Candidatos a la Presidencia, Elecciones y Encuestas: AMLO, Enrique Peña Nieto, Josefina Vázquez Mota
http://www.eleccion2012mexico.com/

Google Images
http://www.google.com/search?q=enrique+pena+nieto&hl=en&client=safari&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=MTEMT9_RCc3ZiQK19bz4Aw&ved=0CEkQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=660

Him and his wife (Angélica Rivera)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrique_Pe%C3%B1a_Nieto
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang%C3%A9lica_Rivera

Telenovelas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telenovela

Betty La Fea (Ugly Betty)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yo_soy_Betty,_la_fea

Her Google Images page
http://www.google.com/search?q=betty+la+fea&hl=en&client=safari&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=LTUMT__tEevZiALAr-DdAw&ved=0CEoQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=660

Her website
http://www.anamaria-orozco.info/principal.htm