Raymond Truc

On Tuesday’s class, Professor Miller talked about a very interesting topic about how security in the airport was becoming more tighter now. This all occurred when the infamous 9/11 attack happened. While Professor Miller was explaining this to the class it reminded me a scene from the movie "V for Vendetta." This scene is basically where the protagonist, "V" is explaining how the government is taking advantage of various situations that caused fear to society to impose new regulations or laws that society might have opposed otherwise. This debate is very interesting because V’s speech is becoming more and more of a reality rather than staying a concept. Hopefully, the government will not cross over society’s boundaries when it comes to personal rights.

Here is the scene from "V for Vendetta."


Addressing Islamophobia: Dispelling Myths to Break Down Barriers

Another opportunity to attend something, and write about it, for extra credit:

Monday, April 4, 2016
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Milano School, New School University
Dorthy Hirshon Suite, Arnold Hall
55 West 13th Street, Room 205, New York, NY 10011

RSVP: click here

Join Amer Amhed, Director of Intercultural Teaching and Faculty Development at University of Massachusetts Amherst, for a presentation and discussion on addressing the recent rise of Islamophobia in the current political climate in the United States and abroad.

The post-9/11 era in the U.S. has exposed a significant degree of prejudice and bigotry towards Muslim people.  More recently, many 2016 Presidential candidates have exacerbated broad vilification of Muslims to serve political agendas. In 2012, a violent hate-motivated attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin highlighted the fact that Islamophobia is not just an issue that only impacts Muslims in America.  Meanwhile, underscored by the horrific murders of three UNC students, there continues to be widespread racial profiling, hate crimes and bullying throughout the country.

Amer F. Ahmed, Ed.D, serves as Director of Intercultural Teaching and Faculty Development at University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Faculty at the Summer and Winter Institutes for Intercultural Communication and a member of SpeakOut: Institute for Democratic Leadership and Culture. An individual with eclectic personal and professional experience, he is a Hip Hop activist, spoken word poet, diversity consultant and college administrator, channeling his diverse experiences into work geared towards facilitating effective intercultural development. He has been featured on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris Perry” show and in Dr. Shakti Butler’s film on racism entitled “Cracking the Codes.”

This program will benefit participants interested in learning more about Islam and Islamophobia, providing needed context to bridge divides.

Arielle Tornheim


When I heard the news about Brussels, I couldn’t believe how people can be so cruel. The government has enacted many rules to make people feel safe when flying, but now even the front entrance is threatened. Now the most joyous holiday of the year for Jews became a mourning day and had to be “cancelled.” While I was out having fun on the holiday of Purim, I couldn’t bear to think about what the Belgium people must have been going through. It’s not even just the Belgian people but all over the world these attacks are going on. What do you guys think a good way to stop terrorism would be?

Nickel and Dimed

Three articles have been uploaded to the class webpage. They are the original Nickel and Dimed article from Harper’s Magazine in 1999, an update from ten years after, and another update from Feb 2016 – 15 years later. Read as much of these as time and interest allow. There’s also an interview with the author, Barbara Ehrenreich, that you can listen to here.

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Social Stratification

In Thursday’s class we discussed social stratification, which the textbook defines as inequalities among individuals and groups within human societies. This inequality includes access to material and symbolic rewards. As a result, social categories are created which discern between the groups which dictate how they live, and where they live. Two of the earliest forms of social stratification is slavery and the caste system. One allows a person to climb higher in the social rankings (lower class to the higher class), and the other doesn’t allow the individual to move throughout the social rankings, respectively. This then influences the status and honor of a person. Classes in our society are socioeconomic variations in terms of their material prosperity. Nowadays our classes are fluid, achieved, and on larger scale.

Whitney Harrison

This week we discussed Social Stratification, which is the existence of structured inequalities between groups in society in terms of their access to material or symbolic rewards. Within this discussion of stratification comes the topic of social class. Class refers to the socioeconomic variations among groups of individual. People Like Us is a PBS documentary that shows us that class can be harder to spot then racial or ethnic differences, but in many ways it is the most important way to predict the kinds of educational or financial opportunities and success someone will have. I really like this documentary because it shows the many different dynamics that make up American social class. It breaks many stereotypes people may have about the working class, middle class, and the wealthy. If do watch a few of the videos, ask yourself these questions: Do you feel like you fit into any of the groups represented? Have any of the videos changed the way you view any of the seen social classes? and lastly Do you feel that race affects the unity of people within the same social class?

People Like Us: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC6D871A2A8C3C8EF

Lauren Sitt

Agents of Socialization are groups or social contexts in which significant process of socialization occur. Socialization occurs all throughout our life, but most of the more important parts are during our childhood. The four main agents of socialization are- family, school, peers, and mass media. Family is the most important one; our parents are the ones who teach us how to function and care for ourselves. Our first norms and basic beliefs come from our family. A good example of this are the two sets of identical twins who were separated at birth. I thought it was very interesting reading about the differences they twins had because of who raised them.The next agent is school, where we learn social skills by being around other students and teachers. One might get influenced to call out in class instead of raising his or her hand, by watching the other students around him. Peer relationships are very much like school, however i think it is more important. I notice that I get more influenced by my specific group of friends rather than the students i just met from school. We form stronger ‘norms’ with our close friends, and usually have the same opinion on certain matters. Mass media has become a very big agent of socialization. When we look at magazines or Instagram and we see the models we get insecure about our own body image. Mass media doesn’t only apply to girls; when boys play violent games theres a chance they could get more violent in real life. I remember in the beginning of this semester, we all split into groups and had to say what we thought was an issue that we should be trying to change. A lot of people said social media because of cyber bullying and the negativity it could bring out sometimes. Now learning more about how we form ourselves I noticed that social media shapes us just like many other agents of socializations. This is a new way to look at it, other than just a fun way to keep up with the lives of our friends and celebrities. Does anyone else feel like social media has a strong impact on our lives? if not please share your opinion.