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The Evergreen State College - Fall 2014


Elizabeth’s evaluation conference schedule is here.

Want more information on writing and submitting your evaluations?

The help wiki is here and the basic info page is here.

Week 10 Reminders

Reminder #1: Papers. There has been some confusion (including on the part of yours truly) about the paper deadline. The original deadline on the handout was Monday, but that deadline was never listed on the syllabus. Those of you who are prepared to turn in your papers on Monday will get significantly more feedback than those who turn them in on Thursday, but the latter will not be counted as late.

Reminder #2: Please e-mail any visual materials (that can be e-mailed) associated with your presentation to Elizabeth at least 24 hours before your presentation so that they can be forwarded to increase accessibility for students with limited vision.

Reminder#3: Potluck! Please, if you can, bring food for potluck on Thursday. We’ll take a short break after the end of presentations and then head up to D2105 to share food and celebrate your work this quarter. If you are cooking please bring a label that contains your ingredients.

Reminder #4: Tech! you are responsible for it! Please ask ahead of time if you’re not sure whether or not your machine will talk to the machines in the room.

Reminder #5: Portfolios are due Thursday in class.

The portfolio should contain:

1) Draft self-evaluation

2) Draft academic statement — for those of you for whom the academic statement is a requirement

3) Religious autobiography

4) 2 seminar facilitation plans

5) 9 weekly response papers

6) Final version of your research paper and annotated bibliography (if the former has not already been turned in)


** Evaluations of faculty are due at the time of the evaluation conference, and may be brought to the conference or posted via your my.evergreen. When posting, you have the
option to ensure that faculty can view your evaluation only after your credits have been

** Self-evaluations are not required on your transcript; we encourage you to save your drafts and submit them, if you choose, when you graduate.

** Both self-evaluations and faculty evaluations are, however, part of our faculty portfolios
and are read carefully as part of our review processes. We will not post your credits until you have submitted your evaluations either to us or via the online system. You need only write a faculty evaluation about your seminar faculty, but we welcome other documents addressing the program more generally, especially since we’d like to repeat the thing sometime.



Week 9 Schedule


You’ll have 30 minutes to check in and plan with your groups during the morning lecture slot



You’ll have the entire four hour time slot to meet with your groups; Amjad and Elizabeth will do check ins during the first two hours (9-11); please meet in the same rooms as Week 8.

from 12:15-1 Elizabeth will give an optional self-evaluation workshop in COM 320.


Round II of Academic Statement work will happen from 3:15-4


Schedule for Week 10 Group Curation Presentations

The schedule is attached here.

Please remember that you are arranging your own tech — which means we will help you run the projector if you need it, but you need to bring a VGA adapter (if you’re using a mac) and anything else that’s not standard in the room. If you have questions about what’s possible, please ask asap.

Week 8 – schedule


On Wednesday of this week you will have 2 hours to meet in your groups before the art lecture series; we are working on booking a couple of extra rooms for break outs, but for now please plan on meeting in COM 320 as usual. Faculty will rotate between groups and meet with each group for 30 minutes.


On Thursday, faculty will have office hours from 3:15-4.


Also, please mark your calendars for an evening poetry reading with Maged Zaher, Egyptian-American poet and translator. The reading will be Monday December 1, at 7pm in the Library Underground.


Week 8 — back to the book

Haven’t looked at your syllabus in a while? wondering where the PDFs for week 8 are? There aren’t any! We’re reading Talad Asad’s short but amazing book. See syllabus for page numbers.

Week 7 — read this carefully

Office hours: Amjad and Elizabeth will be having office hours from 12-1 on Wednesday and 3:15-4 on Thursday.

Research support groups: This is the week for us to finalize research support groups. If you have already formed your group of at least 4 people, or if you have one or two other people who have agreed to work with you, please e-mail your group members’ names to Elizabeth by the end of the day on Monday

Academic statement workshop: On Wednesday from 11:15-12 we’ll be working on Academic Statement writing. This session is mandatory for students for whom this requirement is mandatory — i.e. if you came to Evergreen in Fall 2013 or after. It is optional for everyone else. Please bring your religious autobiography with you to this session.

A note on the week 7 readings

For Monday you all are reading sections of John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments, otherwise known as the Book of Martyrs. This is a martyrology in the style of the Golden Legend, but written in the 16th century, in the aftermath of the Reformation, by an English Protestant. It vividly recounts the suffering of Protestant heretics who were burned alive for refusing to renounce their faith.

Like the Golden Legend, it is a huge volume—we are reading only the tiniest portion of it—and it was hugely popular in its day. Foxe, like Jacobus, was a compiler, a collector of other people’s texts and stories. So you will notice, for instance, in the Anne Askew reading, that Foxe occasionally breaks into Askew’s first-person account to let you know about his editorial choices (e.g. “Here mayest thou note Gentle Reader,” p. 31).

I apologize that your pdf does not include the explanatory notes (marked with an asterisk in your text); these have been provided in a separate document on the readings page. The language is also somewhat archaic; don’t worry if you don’t understand every sentence, just pay attention to the classic characteristics of the Christian martyrology: arrest, interrogation, temptation, torture, etc. I will say more about Foxe on Monday and we will spend time with some of the extraordinary images from his book on Thursday. In the meantime here is a handout with some basic information on the Protestant Reformation.

So, Foxe is our primary text for the week; Thursday’s secondary readings will examine Foxe and Reformation-era martyrdom in more detail.


Updated project descriptions

Here they are! Please let faculty know if you need to be introduced to someone whose project you like.

Week 6

Holy crap it’s Week 6 already! Remember that your Annotated Bibliography is due on Monday, in class. See the project handout on the assignments page for details.

Other announcements:

* I have made the Readings page private, which means you’ll need to be logged in to view the pdfs.

* Mohammed will be introducing a performance of the play My Name is Rachel Corrie on November 8 at 7pm in Lecture Hall 1. To learn more about Rachel, the Evergreen student killed by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003, click here.

* Amjad and I continue to update the lecture notes page, and Mika continues to add updated notes to the student forum. Please consult these if you miss class, but also get notes about what happened from a peer you trust.

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