Wednesday, Week 3 (Sept. 9)

To help you plan for the week, I'm announcing this a few days early: on Friday, at 2pm, there is a live-streamed event from the "2020 Vision: Contested Political Futures" series organized by the Political Science department. You can find more information, and a link to the livestream on this website.

If you're new to 'Berg, you may not yet be used to the notion "Common Hour", a time when no classes are held on Friday after 2pm, when students and faculty from across different disciplines can attend or organize events. Keep an eye open for other events in this time slot.

Schedule for today

Drop-in tutorials

Drop in tutorial: 1-2 pm, open to all.

  • Option 1: reserve a spot on this Google appointment page
  • Option 2: "drop in" anytime, but you may have to wait a bit in the waiting room.

Both are for a Zoom meeting, using the Green Link on your respective Canvas SECRETS pages (or find the info in your Canvas Calendar).

  • In the morning I will add the initial blog posts to the randomizer and load that to the webpage, so you can start on the Discussion Comments. Find more information on how to give feedback at the same location! Those comments are due by Thursday night.
  • Optional video conference chat/check in at 11.30am: if you want to talk about the course materials or assignments, or about anything related to Chinese history, please come! "Pink Link" can be found on the SECRETS page on Canvas
  • Keep on working on the readings. Remember to ask questions if you're unsure about something. You are not alone!
  • More information on the first Show and Tell project (due on Sept. 18) will be uploaded today to the site, with links from the Week 3 schedule.
HST439 Comments for the Social Annotation are due tonight, 11.59pm in the group HST439. I've begun on Hevia but got stuck with a slow-moving connection. If you had similar issues, let me know/share in the Cloud Lounge. We have to and can work around tech issues when they appear.

Additional information

I'm keeping quiet on Twitter so you won't see much moving on the side bar until Thursday, due to #ScholarStrike on Tuesday and Wednesday (see also this CNN article). This creates a bit more space for other voices to be heard (not that I make that much noise.)

Fun stuff: Writing desks

If you have $4m spare, you could try to buy Ursula Le Guin's former home in Berkeley, California. It has a dedicated writing room, and I have to admit I'm slightly envious đź‘€

In the mean time, I leave you with this drawing which is much better representation of  my own writing space. (The one on the right.)

Writing desk, by Tom Gauld

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