Food Week


I would like to thank the following people for making food week so delicious and interesting.

First I would like to thank the sisters’ American and British, Giovanna and Camila.  They made some outstanding orange and pineapple cakes that had everybody’s mouth watering.  Thanks also to Hudson for delivering the coffee.

Second, I would like to thank Nelio for not only making, but also showing us a video about how to prepare a delicious ravioli from scratch.  Being Italian, I always enjoy a good ravioli dish.  I had never had it before with brocolli as Nelio made it, but I thought it was fantastic.  Kudos also to Juan for delivering 100 liters of Coca-Cola.

Finally, a big thanks goes to Fanny who delivered a healthy, savory shard pie yesterday.  It just goes to show you how healthy food can also be delicious.

I had a lot of fun this week getting to try your food, and I’m sure everyone else had fun and was grateful as well.  Thank you!

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Inauguration 2009


Today we saw the inauguration of President Barack Obama.  You could see how many people around the school stopped what they were doing just to view this momentous occasion.  This might have been the first time you’ve seen some American political theatre.  What did you think about it?  Do you think it was too much?  What were your impressions of Obama?  Think of the way he spoke, his body language, or the response that he got from the people.   Do they do something similar to this in your country when a new president is inaugurated?  Do you at all feel hopeful, as many Americans do, about this new change?  Respond to these questions or write your opinion about some other topic related to what we saw today.

2001: A Space Odyssey

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Planet Earth


We have already viewed three episodes from the outstanding, seminal documentary from the BBC, Planet Earth.  Go to Planet Earth website here to explore in depth the animals and habitats you saw in yesterday’s episode.  This is a truly interactive website that provides videos, essays and pictures for every episode._

Phil Hansen


My brother introduced me to this artist some time last year.  He’s 31 years old and comes from Washington.  His name is Phil Hansen.    Influenced heavily by a painting technique called pontillism, but providing it with an original twist, Phil Hansen  has created a distinct art form that is part performance, part technique and part message.  As Juan noted, he has a unique way of incorporating various media into the creation and presentation of his art .  Hansen gives hope to those who think that art is dead or that nothing novel exists.

View one of his works that we didn’t see in class.  Write a short post in response.  What did you think of it?  Do you think this art is a lot different than other kinds of art you have encountered in your life?  Did you like any of them?  Which was your favorite?  Why?


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Newark, the third oldest city in America, and the largest city in New Jersey, is truly one of my favorite places.  Perhaps it’s because I was born here, and I’ve lived here my whole life, place-attachment is very powerful, or maybe because it’s so close to NYC, 4 miles, but I think Newark has a lot to offer to those who haven’t lived here.  One thing Newark offers is its cultural diversity.  The city is filled with natives and immigrants from a host of backgrounds; African-American, African, Ecuadorian, Dominican, Mexican, Portuguese and Brazilian predominate.  While also serving as a scope into its past, this rich mix helps contribute to the character of present day Newark .  All around you can see the reflections of the different cultures now embedded in Newark, from the myriad restaurants Down Neck to the numerous trinket shops up Bloomfield Avenue, Newark is as much a part of those countries as it is this one.