Grammar on Big Bang Theory: Had will have placed; Had have had brought + semi-colons

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

are you confused by the semi-colon? this blog post will help you get it straight!

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Am I a member of the Grammar Police? As a college writing teacher, it falls on me

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John Twelve Hawks: “New surveillance states have placed us in an invisible prison”

John Twelve Hawks: “New surveillance states have placed us in an invisible prison”


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Surveillance States Place Us In Prison

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

information and links about the text that my Ventura College English 2 students will be writing about for their midterm on Wednesday

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“Humans can be manipulated to obey. As information and communications technology creates a surveillance state, I’m worried that fear of terrorism will create a system where police officers and soldiers will obey the computer-generated decisions that appear on their optical head-mounted displays,” writes John Twelve Hawks in his essay “New surveillance states have placed us in an invisible prison”

In “New surveillance states have placed us in an invisible prison,” John Twelve Hawks discusses Edward Snowden’s terrifying revelations about how the National Security Agency and Great Britain’s GCHQ use spy technology on all citizens and how various corporations monitor our activities as well in order to market more efficiently to us.


Edward Snowden’s story has been told effectively in the Oscar winning documentary CitizenFour (reviewed here; watch here.

“Anyone who steps back for a minute and observes our modern digital world might conclude that we have…

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5 Memoirs to Spring For: Anzaldua, Bag, Muzyka, Strayed, Rodriguez

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If you are looking for a few good books to read this spring, books where the authors are exploring issues of identity, crossing borders,  overcoming obstacles, and living living sin fronteras, and look no further than these:

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National Adjunct Action Week Feb 23-27 2015 Calls Attention to Equity Issues

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

I’m wearing my A for Adjunct sticker –are you?

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With middle-class wages stagnating and the rich getting richer, income inequality has

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become a rallying cry for Democrats and Republicans alike. Reviving opportunity for all resonates with Americans who feel left out as growth picks up and the stock market reaches record highs, writes Keith Naughton, Lynn Doan, and Jeff Green.

More and more people are realizing the extent to which part-time, temporary workers are exploited at colleges and universities across the nation. The National Adjunct Action Day planned for February 25 is an effort by part-time (adjunct) faculty members to raise awareness of the rise of contingent (part-time) labor in academia.

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Don’t Forget The Databases: Librarians Go Gaga

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

Going Gaga in the Library

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While library research can be intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. Students and faculty from the University of Washington’s Information School get their groove on in this 2010 parody video directed, edited, and produced by Sarah Wachter with lyrics by Sarah Wachter (compare to the original Lady Gaga song “Poker Face”).

Yes, librarians

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Staples Discussion Questions

1. Staples’ essay was published in the mid-1980s and has since been widely anthologized. How do you account for its popularity? In your response, consider the way it is written, the points Staples has to make, and the essay’s relevance to today. Do you think this popularity is justified? Why or why not?

2. Rather than confront the fears and prejudices of the strangers he encounters, Staples explains that he goes out of his way to accommodate them. How does he do so? Why does he do so? How do you respond to his actions and motives?

3. Write about any times that you have made a stranger uncomfortable because of the way you “alter space.” How did you respond? Alternatively, write about any times you have judged others as threatening solely because of their appearance. Were your responses justified? Do you think people tend to mistrust one another based too much on appearance?

Cesar Reyes Reads 1/15/15

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

Check out these poems by the young poet Cesar Reyes who is reading in Ventura 1/15/15. (Students–Ask about extra credit!)

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This Thursday 1/15/15 Cesar Reyesis the featured poet at the EP Foster Library in the Topping Room651 E. Main Street,  downtown Ventura. Hosted by Phil Taggart every Thursday at 7:30pm, an open mic follows the featured reader. The reading is free but they pass the hat to collect donations for the poet.

In the video above, Cesar Reyes reads his poem “Vegan” during a “young poets reading” that is an initiative by Ventura County Arts Council and the Ventura County Poet Laureateship, under Ventura County poet laureate Mary Kay Rummel and Marsha de la O. The event was held at the 643 Project Space as part of the Ventura Artist Union exhibit, “This is the Time” on October 19, 2014 in Ventura, California.

Here’s another sample poem by Cesar Reyes.

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Malala: Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

It’s time to start a new semester of college! “Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons.” Malala

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Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. Malala

127_what_it_takesIn an LA Times article by Ellen Olivier on 10/19/14 titled “The Power To Help Others,”

Jane Fonda says, “I grew up believing that service is the rent you pay for life.”

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