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film review suggestions and guides

Quite a few students this semester have decided that they would like to write film reviews for their final project. Here are the instructions:
Choose a film:Choose at least 3 films; you may want to visit the GC Immigration Working Group's pages on immigration-related movies to find a film.Make sure that your peers are NOT writing reviews on the same movies. Watch the film:Try to watch the film at least twice. It might seem like a boring and unnecessary requirement, but this rule has been proven by many. It is practically impossible to write a solid film review having watched the film only once.As you watch the film the second time, make notes of critical scenes that seem to be particularly relevant to our class-- how the film you've chosen relates to the main themes in this class such as why people move, their reception, assimilation experiences, etc.Prepare and write the review:Read about the story behind the film (whether it is based on real-life events, on a well-known novel…

students' summer projects

I'm always humbled by the creative projects that my students come up with engaging in the substance of any course. This summer's class is no exception. We've got...
film reviews (their projects will be posted here)a walking tour of the LESa history and timeline of Flushing in Queensa Pinterest project showcasing immigration and immigrants to NYCa blog of immigrant words and storiesan interactive map of an immigrant neighborhooda project about the use of undocumented labor in the post 9/11 clean upinterviews with family and friends about immigrant experiencesethnographies of the immigrant neighborhoods

great visual, mapping, and data sources

Below are some links to some great resources for looking at Migration flows.
Where are they coming from?Ellis Island dataCNHI beginning of the 20th century:
Vers les Amériques - fin XIXe début XXe © Atelier de cartographie de Sciences Po : Marie-Françoise Durand, Benoît Martin, Patrice Mitrano (http://www.sciences-po.fr/cartographie) via CNHI site.
CNHI contemporary trends:
Les migrations - fin du XXe siècle © Atelier de cartographie de Sciences Po : Marie-Françoise Durand, Benoît Martin, Patrice Mitrano via CNHI site
CNHI 2006 refugees and displaced Where did the settle? Social Explorer on the NYTSocial ExplorerData about NYCResearch and Data from GCIWG link

helpful videos to get to know Google Docs/Drive

You may find the following videos helpful in figuring out how to organize and use Google Docs/Drive.

This video shows you how to organize your own Google Drive so that it's easy to find our shared folders:


The following two videos show you how to collaborate or chat with each other while you're working in Google Docs:

How to collaborate in Google Docs:

How to chat with each other while you work on a Google document:

some past student projects

more details on Amazon Student Prime

This post is about joining Amazon Student. To clarify, I am NOT advocating that you do this, but I’m making this post just in case anyone would be interested in joining. If you do want to join Amazon Student, pleaseuse this link(full disclosure, this link is my personal link, but we could use whatever Amazon sends me for something for the class- like snacks or something else…).

Amazon Student is a free membership program created especially for college students. Basically, Amazon Student is the less expensive version of Amazon Prime. If you’re signing up for Amazon Student for the first time, you’ll receive a kind of trial in which you get six months of limited Amazon Student benefits. For example, you’ll receive FREE Two-Day Shipping on eligible purchases for the first six months, but during this trial period, you will not be eligible for other Amazon Student benefits such as streaming Amazon instant video or borrowing books from the Kindle Owner’s Lending library.

some useful student discounts

I've learned that many students aren't aware of some of the resources available to them. So here's a short list.

Amazon Student
Amazon offers students discounted shipping on through a program called Student Prime. Basically, you receive 2-day shipping similar to the Amazon Prime program. There are some limitations, so be sure to read carefully. Read more in this post.CUNY eMall through CUNY Portal for software, etc (including Microsoft suites)

CUNY eMall offers CUNY students many discounts. Particularly noteworthy are deep discounts on software such as Microsoft Suites and operating systems.Working Advantage (from CUNY emall) City University of New York (CUNY) has a valuable membership with Working Advantage and our employees now have access to exclusive discounts for movie theatres, movie rentals, theme parks, ski tickets, Broadway theatre, special family events, online shopping and much more.Registering is easy. Simply go to the Working Advantage website link below and clic…

add a public Google calendar to your iOS device

I do not have an iPhone so these instructions are based on what I could find.

Option 1:
The easiest way to subscribe to a public calendar (like ours) is to copy and paste the calendar's ical address and email it to yourself. Then when you open the email, click the link. Your iPad or iPhone should ask if you want to subscribe to the calendar. Accept and you're all set.

If this option doesn't work for you, try the next option.

add a public Google calendar to your Android device

Subscribing to a Google calendar on Android is actually a two-step process. You must first subscribe to the calendar using the web version of Google Calendar and then add it to your Android device.