Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The French Headscarf Ban: Religious Freedom V. Secularism DUE TUESDAY 9/23

ASSIGNMENT: WATCH BOTH VIDEOS! YOU MUST TAKE NOTES AS YOU WATCH EACH VIDEO. BE SURE TO  LISTEN AND ACTIVELY WRITE. THIS MAY REQUIRE YOU TO WATCH EACH VIDEO TWICE. YOU WILL NEED YOUR NOTES TO PARTICIPATE IN A WRITING WORKSHOP ON TUESDAY. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORKSHOP IF YOU DO NOT PREPARE AND HAVE CLEAR, ORGANIZED AND WELL-DEVELOPED NOTES.







Some young French Muslims are now choosing to wear the veil, setting themselves on a collision course with a government that has banned the wearing of the veil in the public schools. How the French government wrestles with the discontents of its growing Muslim population may determine the future of the Republic.
Producer: Micah Fink
Broadcast on PBS, Wide Angle
Broadcast: August 2004
http://vimeo.com/67753543

VIDEO 2: Facing History and Ourselves

Secularity and Religious Identity: The French Headscarf Dilemma

John R. Bowen, Patrick Weil, Jacqueline Bhabha, Sir Keith Ajegbo, and Maleiha Malik explain the history of secularity (laïcité) in France, where it is the State's role to protect individual freedom of conscience and respect of all faiths by keeping religion out of the public sphere. This tradition underlies the banning of head scarves in public schools in 2004. The issue has not played out the same way in England, where there is a history of informal negotiation of the rights of minorities. The speakers were interviewed as part of the 2008 Facing History and Ourselves/Harvard Law School conference entitled "Hope, Critique, and Possibility: Universal Rights in Societies of Difference".


https://www.facinghistory.org/civic-dilemmas/secularity-and-religious-identity-french-headscarf-dilemma


Remember this one?
https://www.facinghistory.org/chunk/853



I wish YOU a Very Happy and Healthy Weekend!!!!

See You Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

TWO WAYS TO BELONG IN AMERICA DUE ON THURSDAY 9/18

Part I: 
Read " Two Ways to Belong in America"
By BHARATI MUKHERJEE
September 22, 1996: New York Times


Part II: In your NOTEBOOK ( Total 4 paragraphs)

What is Mukherjee's Thesis? (see Thesis definition in Glossary) REMINDER- YOU should develop a 2-3 sentence statement based on reading the article.

What questions come to mind when reading this article? What are the main points the author is trying to convey? Relate this to the theme of identity. Be specific and provide examples. Think about the ideas presented in my lectures and class discussions.

Mukherjee says " The price that the immigrant willingly pays, and that the exile avoids is the trauma of self - transformation."  What does she mean by this?

What does it mean to transform? Have you ever experienced self transformation? If so, How?



Part III: Immigration in Today's World by Facing History and Ourselves.

In your notebook- As you watch the video!

  • Write down one main point made by Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, John R. Bowen, and Sir Keith Ajegbo (total 3 points).

  • Define Immigration based on watching the video.
https://www.facinghistory.org/chunk/853

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Note - We will have a fishbowl discussion in class on Thursday. Please be prepared.

Lecture to follow- Religion and Identity 
followed by a Writing Prompt and Workshop

Secularism V. Religious Allegiance 
France and The Headscarf Dilemma