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Incoming Ithaca College Students (Required) To Discuss Barack Obama's Autobiography
Ithaca College Press Office ^ | 8/17/09 | Dave Maley

Posted on 08/17/2009 7:33:00 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

ITHACA, NY — Incoming students at Ithaca College will get together the day before the start of classes to discuss their summer reading assignment: Barack Obama’s “Dreams from My Father.” The 44th president’s autobiography was chosen as the 2009–10 First-Year Reading Initiative selection.

“President Obama’s ruthlessly honest self-examination on issues of race and identity gives us an opportunity to lead students through what could be the most important conversation they will have during their freshman year,” says Ithaca College President Tom Rochon.

The initiative was created in 2003 as a way to offer the incoming class a shared academic experience and bring together new students with faculty and staff to consider an important issue outside of the constraints of the classroom.

Published in 1995, “Dreams from My Father” tells the story of Obama’s struggle to understand the forces that shaped him as the son of a black African father and white American mother — a struggle that takes him from the American heartland to the ancestral home of his great-aunt in the tiny African village of Alego.

First-year students will gather on Tuesday, Aug. 25, for a presentation and question-and-answer session with Michael Smith, assistant professor of history, and Cynthia Henderson, associate professor of theatre arts. Henderson — who has been a Fulbright scholar in Africa — will discuss Obama’s writings as they relate to his thoughts about identity and his African father. Smith will share his perspective on the cultural, social and historical connections of Obama’s introspection. Students will then participate in small discussion groups led by faculty and staff facilitators.

For more information on “Dreams from My Father” and the First-Year Reading Initiative, visit http://www.ithaca.edu/library/fyri/.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cityofevil; ithaca; leftismoncampus; obama
Ithaca is the City of Evil.


1 posted on 08/17/2009 7:33:00 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; gaspar; NativeNewYorker; drjimmy; Atticus; John Valentine; TLBSHOW; ...
City of Evil bump:


2 posted on 08/17/2009 7:33:42 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Well, if I was required to read it and discuss it, I’d at least try to have a good time while disputing the nonsense contained in a book that wasn’t even written by obama.


3 posted on 08/17/2009 7:36:28 PM PDT by FoxInSocks (B. Hussein Obama: Central Planning Czar)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Look on the bright side. All those students reading POTUS Obama’s Bio will remember what he said about his past.

IF future developments should show much of the book to be fiction or severe distortions.....it will come back to haunt him.


4 posted on 08/17/2009 7:36:36 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Who was that guy whose autobiography was required reading at German universities back in the late ‘30’s?


5 posted on 08/17/2009 7:38:56 PM PDT by niteowl77 (You wanted him, and now you have got him. I say, "Good day to you," America.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I wonder how they’d react to a critical comparison to it and the writing of Bill Ayers?


6 posted on 08/17/2009 7:39:14 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: Sola Veritas

Agreed. If they are astute at all, they will realize that what they were forced to read was BS.


7 posted on 08/17/2009 7:39:58 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

The campus of Ithaca College is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. It easily beats Cornell, which is visible about two miles to its northeast.


8 posted on 08/17/2009 7:45:05 PM PDT by Steely Tom
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Tangent:
Wouldn’t the book have been better named “Dreams From Mien Fuhrer”


9 posted on 08/17/2009 7:47:25 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Question_Assumptions

LOL, any mention of the words “Ayers” or “ghostwriter” in one’s discussion of the book would get an immediate F.


10 posted on 08/17/2009 7:47:55 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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To: denydenydeny

.....................or Birth Certificate?


11 posted on 08/17/2009 7:48:22 PM PDT by nufsed (Release the birth certificate, passport, and school records.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
For extra credit:

Chose 1:

1. Write an essay describing the presidents exit strategy for Afghan.

2. Organize a peace demonstration.

3. Write a letter to your congress member and senators calling for the president's impeachment for lying during the campaign and carrying on an unjust war.

12 posted on 08/17/2009 7:51:02 PM PDT by nufsed (Release the birth certificate, passport, and school records.)
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To: Question_Assumptions

As long as they want to look at his biography, someone should note:

his mother and father were married on Feb. 2, 1961, but no marriage certificate, photos, residence of any kind exists from that period.

The “family” of Barack Sr and Mom supposedly lived together in HI until late 1962, when Dad had to go to Harvard and couldn’t take the family.

In fact, Mom was enrolled in classes at U of W on Aug. 19, 1961 - a short 15 days after Barack Jr. was born! It’s not even clear if Mom and Dad ever saw each other after that.

That’s just the beginning - I think one could write a book about the problems with Obama’s book....


13 posted on 08/17/2009 7:52:00 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
"President Obama’s ruthlessly honest self-examination"

LOL. This is the book in which every sentence about his first post-uni job has been exposed to be an outright lie!

14 posted on 08/17/2009 7:52:02 PM PDT by upstanding
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To: Steely Tom

1 neutron bomb away from being a great place.


15 posted on 08/17/2009 7:52:03 PM PDT by nufsed (Release the birth certificate, passport, and school records.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Well, at least he didn't entitle it "My Struggle." After the kiddies discuss the inestimable virtues of Dear Leader there'll be time for them to rise and sing hymns of praise.

There will, of course, be a few foolish enough to buck the party line and actually offer words of criticism, for which they will be labeled racist and roundly abused. It will serve as a valuable lesson. You want the sheepskin, you toe the line. All hail academic freedom.

16 posted on 08/17/2009 7:52:50 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
“Great book. Taught me of the shame of being a privileged American. Probably the best book written in the last 20 years. Greater even than An Inconvenient Truth.”

“Now do I get an A?”

17 posted on 08/17/2009 8:01:47 PM PDT by BenLurkin ("A massive joke has indeed been played on the American people.")
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

pre-emptive punishment has to be against the law


18 posted on 08/17/2009 8:29:24 PM PDT by GeronL (bookmark my new FR back-up site - http://unitedcitizen.proboards.com)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

pure evil


19 posted on 08/17/2009 8:29:42 PM PDT by GeronL (bookmark my new FR back-up site - http://unitedcitizen.proboards.com)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Wouldn’t it be something if they read The Federalist Papers and the US Constitution? Think of all the really interesting conversations that would produce.


20 posted on 08/17/2009 8:32:24 PM PDT by keepitreal ( Don't tread on me.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

“..self-examination ..”

Mao Tse Tung used an eerily similar term for a strategy to strip people of all self-respect and defenses - “self criticism.” It was mandatory and repeated over and over until the person was a quivering mass of humanity unable to defend against guards and the state.

“Wild Swans” by Jung Chang is an excellent book about Obama, oops, I meant about Mao. Well, not so much difference.


21 posted on 08/17/2009 8:43:15 PM PDT by Rembrandt
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Jack Cashill: Obama, Ayers and the Knowledge 'Too Big' To Handle

They should learn about that ghostwriter too.

22 posted on 08/17/2009 8:45:12 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

...sighs....


23 posted on 08/17/2009 8:49:33 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Oh, puke....


24 posted on 08/17/2009 9:16:00 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

This is wonderful.

These young minds can be bent by the prose of Bill Ayers, posing as the Zero Messiah, to pre-start their mindless quest toward socialism to be ingrained into their pliable brains over the next four years!

Our next generation!


25 posted on 08/17/2009 10:27:44 PM PDT by aShepard
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To: Sola Veritas

Fiction, Fiction, Fiction. This college is a picture of what is wrong and evil in our colleges in America. Turning out America-haters as fast as they can. Here is hoping that this college continues to do poorly. No one who graduates from there can get a good job.... it’s a joke.


26 posted on 08/17/2009 10:41:41 PM PDT by bareford101 (Be loud! We have nothing – NOTHING - to apologize for in fighting for our Country!!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

My freshman year *honors* English class was forced to read the Autobiography of Malcolm X [in addition to slave lit], and it didn’t affect me in the least. What’s the difference here? Those with strong minds will ignore it and write their papers and those with weak minds would be co-opted by leftist chicks anyway, so who cares?


27 posted on 08/17/2009 10:44:44 PM PDT by j-damn
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Fall and the nuts begin to gather. I look forward to future reports from inside the City of evil.


28 posted on 08/18/2009 2:27:28 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Do you have enough Zeros in your life?)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
I'd be happy to help them discuss it.

ML/NJ

29 posted on 08/18/2009 3:01:52 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

There is, of course, this disclaimer to the book:

“For the sake of compression, some of the characters that appear are composites of people that I’ve known, and some events appear out of precise chronology. With the exception of my family and a handful of public figures, the names of most characters have been changed for the sake of their privacy.”


30 posted on 08/18/2009 3:12:40 AM PDT by JavaJumpy
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

They must have a tradition of reading works of fiction to begin the academic calendar.


31 posted on 08/18/2009 6:02:47 AM PDT by rod1
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