Post-exam activities

Presentation Schedule

A. Constitutional debates       

B. Candidate debates

     Candidate information and odds
  1. Your job is to choose one of the potential or announced Republican presidential candidates and play that role.
  2. Convince the class that you are the most qualified Republican, and a better alternative to President Obama.
  3. There's room for creativity here - you can give a speech, participate in a roundtable discussion, or create a television advertisement.
C. The Politics of Food - in groups of two
  1. Create something that the class can eat, and explain the politics and science of that serving.
  2. You must actually create something (no bag of chips will count).
  3. You must bring enough for the entire class to consume.
  4. You must analyze all relevant political aspects of the item you are serving (and its components).
  5. You must also discuss any relevant scientific aspects of the item that you are service (especially as it relates to U.S. politics).
  6. Your analysis should include each individual ingredient.  Attempt to find the source of each ingredient, who creates it, how it's made and what it's made from, and any political issues associated with it.  An online search of specific ingredient names might provide some information, or you might need to contact the manufacturer.

     "Food: The Hidden Driver Of Global Politics" (NPR's Fresh Air, 18 May 2011)
     "The New Geopolitics of Food" (Foreign Policy, May/June 2011)
     "How Food Explains the World" (Foreign Policy, May/June 2011)
     Food, Inc.

D. American Education
  1. What is the state of the American educational system (primary and secondary) today?
  2. What do the experts say are the problems and solutions?
  3. What do you recommend and why?
     The Failure of American Schools (by Joel Klein, former NYC Chancellor, in The Atlantic)
     The Myth of Charter Schools (by Diane Ravitch, in the The New York Review of Books)
     The Lottery
     Waiting for Superman

E. Predict the Future

F. The politics and nutrition of school lunches