Announcement, Unit 5, Unit Guidelines

Unit 5 Prompt

Unit 5 is the Final Exam for English 102, worth 100 points or 10% of your final grade. The exam will be administered during finals week on Tuesday, May 6 from 10:10-12:10 in WHAM 205.

We will be discussing the requirements in class this week. The prompt is here:
Essay 5/Final Exam Prompt


Extra Credit Opportunity

SIU Progressive Masculinities Mentors and The Women’s Center are hosting a special discussion about Justin Timberlake and sexual consent. Attend and turn in a 1 page informal response to earn extra credit points for English 102.

Thursday, April 10
7 PM
Lawson Hall 231

The 20/20 Experience is the third studio album by recording artist Justin Timberlake. At the time of its release in March 2013, The 20/20 Experience was the fastest selling album in iTunes history and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 968,000 copies in its first week. The 20/20 Experience went on to become the best selling album of 2013 in the U.S.

The album explores themes of romance and sex, but is there more beneath the surface? This session invites participants to examine The 20/20 Experience through a different set of lenses. In this discussion, we will watch several of Timberlake’s music videos to generate questions about what is being communicated to consumers of popular culture when it comes to sex and gender roles. Bring your opinions, your thoughts, your rants, and your love for popular culture!

Facilitated by Adam McCallister and Erin Barclay. For more information about the event, contact Dr. Jenn Freitag at or 618.549.4807 x251.


Article: Why an African-American Director Wouldn’t Have Cast Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave

In honor of the Oscars last night and Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o, here’s an article on skin-color bias in Hollywood casting — one of the places where gender and race issues intersect:

Why an African-American Director Wouldn’t Have Cast Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave: If Afro-Brit Steve McQueen hadn’t made the Oscar-nominated film, a lighter-skinned actress might have been cast in the role of Patsey.