Through WCCUSD’s Ivy League Connection program, Hercules High School Students Justine Betschart, Stacy Chan, Ramiah Davis-Shephard, Louisa Man, Julia Maniquiz, and Yueming Wang will be attending Cornell University to either study Freedom and Justice or Hotel Operations Management during the summer of 2009.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
July 7: "Language has a lot of power."
After lecture, we made our way to Goldwin Smith Hall for our discussion sections. During today's discussion, we received the 2nd drafts of our Plato papers with corrections and suggestions. The 3rd and final draft is due on Thursday. I plan to finish my revision by tomorrow night so that I may discuss it with Des before officially turning it in. Hopefully, this strategy works to my benefit. In the last half of discussion, we went over a few Marxist beliefs by applying them to modern day examples. Because I found the conversation difficult to follow, I will be re-reading Marx's selections to make sure my fundamentals are down and ready to be tested.
Following lunch, we had our last guest speaker, Richard Stumbar, an Ithacan attorney who specializes in human rights. He spoke to our group, in particular, about the marriage of same-sex couples. I found the lecture interesting because I found the issue of California's Proposition 8 engaging during last year's election. It was nice to hear a speaker who had the same views as I do. Apparently, there aren't as many liberal-minded people as I believed there to be, but Richard shared an opinion I could definitely relate too. Mr. Stumbar was a great lecturer, and I appreciate all 5 of the lecturers I have had the opportunity to learn from in the past 3 weeks.
Tonight's agenda includes dinner at Appel, further reading of Marx, a visit to Desmond's office hours, and a revision of my Plato essay. A busy night, but I am sure I will find the time to complete every task, for each is at a high priority.