8 - PCW - Assignment 6 - 16 points

Little Mosque In The Moonlight On The Prairie

First - Finish up Serial, Season 1

Questions 1 and 2 might not make sense if you did not complete


1. 1 point > Listen to the second last episode of Serial, Season 1, below. Do the rumors about Adnan Syed affect whether or not you think Adnan killed Hae Mihn Lee? Your answer needs to be between 90 and 135 words, reference the episode below specifically and be sure to explain and defend your response.


2. 1 point > Listen to the final episode of Serial, Season 1, below. What do you think. Is it a satisfying ending to the series? Your answer must show that you have a good knowledge of Episodes 1-11 of Serial, Season 1 and must reference Episode 12, below, specifically. Your answer needs to be between 90 and 135 words and be sure to explain and defend your response.


The rest of this assignment will be posted on or before Monday, 6/26

3. 2 points, 90-135 words > Watch the two full episodes of Little Mosque On The Prairie (2012) below and then speculate on who you think would like and/or appreciate the series more - Adnan Syed or Harry Yang. Root your answer in your knowledge of Adnan's cultural and religious background, as well as his personal experience growing up in an American urban center and being incarcerated in a maximum security prison for over half his life and the fact that Yang loved the 1970s television series Little House on The Prairie. Be sure to reference each of the episodes and to fully explain and defend your response. Adnan you can find in Questions 1 + 2 above, here and here. Harry is here. Little House here. Also, this critique of the show might be helpful in formulating your response.





4. 2 points, 90-135 words > The formal, academic field of anthropology emerged as a social science in the late 19th century. Walt Disney World opened it's doors about two generations after that in 1971. Much like the field of anthropology, Walt Disney World aims to teach amusement park goers things about people from places outside the United States, as well as to embrace modernity. Using the amusement park rides listed below explain how they do this and what you think of their attempts. Each one of your explanations much be between 45 and 90 words and be sure to explain and defend your response.

a. How does the ride "It's A Small World" try to teach amusement park goers about people they may have never met or even heard of and what do you think of its effort? See or hear any problems with Walt Disney's view of "peoples from all around the world?" Remember you need between 45 and 90 words here and be sure to explain and defend your response.



b. How does the ride "Carousel of Progress" define modernity and what do you think of this definition based on what you have learned about modernity from this course so far? The class notes on modernity are here. Remember you need between 45 and 90 words here and be sure to explain and defend your response.



5. 2 points, 90-135 words > Read about the real true stories about the global Chocolate Wars in this excerpt by Joel Glenn Brenner and then answer the following question: Who makes the more scathing critique of modernity and why? Roald Dahl or Brenner? Dahl we covered here. Be sure to clearly reference both Brenner and Dahl and to explain and defend your response.

6. 3 points > Below are a series of audio clips from the documentary Crossing The Blvd (2003). I will not tell you anything about this clips - except that they were all gathered in Queens, New York - and ask you to try and describe the person and culture you think you are hearing in the audio. Simply make a list. What I am looking for on your list is what you heard and where you think the person is from. This map might help with that part. Completing Tracks 1-6 will net you 1 point, Tracks 7-13, 1 point and Tracks 14-19, 1 point.


7. 2 points, A list of four items, Each worth a half point > All you have to do is listen to or read this story carefully - TAL-560, Abdi and the Golden Ticket (2015), 50 minutes, Transcript here - and using a few words or a sentence or two explain the following using references, ideas and concepts you specifically learned in this course. Just as a little note: Do not skip this story or this question! It is so worth it!

  • Where we have heard the "Golden Ticket" reference before
  • How Abdi's status as a refugee compares to Ramon's
  • What are Somali and Kenya?
  • What is Africa and North America?

8. 3 points, 135-180 > Make the case that Chiron ("Little") could grow up to Jay Wilds and that Jay Wilds could grow up to be Juan. You answer here needs to make clear that you know who these characters are and what is culturally and socially the same and different about them. Chiron and Juan came up in class hereJay you can find in Questions 1 + 2 above, here and here.