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Thank you Very Much, and Congratulations!


My deepest gratitude to everyone who has worked hard to make this event possible!  You all did extremely well, and we are all very proud! From the conceptualization and execution of your ideas to film, you have demonstrated that you can face any challenge that would come your way with your smarts, hard work and incredible talent.




Free Cut for TRENDS 12 Q on November 21, 2017

Dear TRENDS students,

I will be attending CHED Public Orientation for Philosophy Undergraduate Program on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.  Please use free cut to work on your culminating project.

Thank you.

Dr. Jeane


Newest Climate Change Full Report

The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future.

A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences (

For my dear students who are interested in poring over this 400+++ page-report, my best wishes!



Free Lectures for INTFILO EJ

Dear students,

Please refer to the announcement below on the 2 talks you could attend (choose one) in lieu of the Big Lecture Series.  Those who are looking to earn extra points, you may want to check out these lectures, too.  Per usual, submit a reflection paper with two parts:  part 1 on the Summary of the Talk, and part 2 on your reaction.  Submit via WordPress.

Be guided accordingly

Dr. Jeane


The Philosophy Department,

College of Liberal Arts,

in coordination with the

BAG-CED Dean’s Office,


cordially invites you to


The Politics of Empathy: Richard Rorty and the Metaphysics of Homogeneity

by Dr. Ron Scapp


November 18, 2017

Saturday1:30 – 4:30 pm

Y508, Yuchengco Building




On Diversity

by Dr. Ron Scapp


November 20, 2017

Monday2:30 – 4:30 pm

Y507, Y508, Y509, Yuchengco Building


Dr. Ron Scapp, a Fulbright Specialist, is the founding director of the Graduate Program of Urban and Multicultural Education at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx where he is professor of humanities and teacher education. He is currently the director of program development at the College, and is President of the National Association for Ethnic Studies. He is also serving as a member of the International Committee for Kappa Delta Pi and a member of United Federation of Teachers policy board for the NYC Teachers Center. He has written on a variety of topics—from popular culture to education, from social and political philosophy to art criticism.


His recent books include, Managing to Be Different: Educational Leadership as Critical Practice (Routledge) and Living With Class: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Material Culture, co-edited with Brian Seitz (Palgrave Macmillan). He has collaborated with others on different projects, most notably with cultural critic and author bell hooks. He is currently working on a book about education and the culture of reform and is co-editor with Kenneth J. Saltman of the Routledge series, Positions: Education, Politics and Culture. He is editor of the journal Ethnic Studies Review, and is a founding member of Group Thought, a philosophy collective based in Red Hook, Brooklyn.


For those who intend to attend the lectures, kindly email

Attention Trends Students

To help you with the “Climate Change Rap Challenge” on Thursday,  you may find this info “how-to” helpful:

wikiHow to Write a Rap Song

Four Parts:Writing LyricsPicking BeatsPutting it TogetherSample Rap SongsCommunity Q&A

Rap songs often come off as effortless, but they actually require a lot of time and effort to write. You need lyrics that are catchy yet real. You also need top notch rhyme and rhythm. In a way, writing rap is not all that different from writing poetry.[1] If you are struggling to write a rap song, then this wikiHow is for you.

Part 1

Writing Lyrics

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    Brainstorm. While listening to a beat on repeat, allow yourself to free-associate or even freestyle out loud to get your creative juices flowing. Do this for a while without setting pen to paper. When you’re ready, make a list of every concept, unique perspective, or potential lyric that popped into your head. Allow these to guide and inspire the content of your song as you move forward.

    • Let your ideas brew for a while. Carry a notepad around with you so that if you get a flash of inspiration while you’re on a bus, working out, or buying groceries, you can capture the moment and hopefully expand on it.
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    Write the hook. If you were writing a term paper, you’d start with a thesis. But this is a rap song so start with a hook (a.k.a. chorus). The hook should not only capture the theme of the song, but, more importantly, be catchy and unique as well. A great hook will often inspire other elements of the song such as the beat or other lyrics, so don’t settle for something that doesn’t prompt any other ideas.

    • If you’re having trouble coming up with something out of the blue, riff off of or respond to a line you love from another rap song. Just don’t copy anything outright or you may find yourself in legal trouble. “Drop it like it’s hot” was originally a throw-off line from a Hot Boys single in the early 2000s, but Snoop Dogg turned it into a huge hit several years later.
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    Follow the words. Choose points from your brainstorm list that inspire you and flesh them out. Of course, this is where your skills as a lyricist and as a rhymer will show through. If you’re an experienced rapper, play to your strengths. If metaphor is your game, let yourself move on the strength of your metaphors. If you’re a natural storyteller, let a narrative emerge from the words.

    • Stay out of your own way. The biggest mistake you can make when you first get started writing lyrics is that you want to “say” something, and force abstract concepts into your lyrics. Be specific. Use concrete words, phrases, and images in your words to keep your idea in the background.
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For more, check out the site:

See you on Thursday!