Monday, 10 December 2018

Rameesa’s revisit to Logophiles: After a semester at Lawrence University



First Report (Borno): She entered attired in a shimmery yellow-green salwar kameez; perhaps the same attire she wore in her university, adhered with an affection for the country she came from. Perchance the way she dressed personified her as a person – confident and adorable. She clearly loved being who she really was.
             She shared her part of the journey as she conversed. She is currently working on the Honey Bee Democracy, which is a mandatory text in freshman year irrespective of one’s major at Lawrence. The very day she stepped into the Logophiles class almost everyone she knew (except her mom) was against the notion that such tough route should have been taken. She emphasized the crucial importance of confidence in one’s self and not to stress out when working on any material. Such a strategy helped her to always pull ahead of letdowns. And – results never correspond with the fact that whether one will be accepted for admission or not – “Leave the results as it is, it’s not the end of the world if your grades are bad.” The one determinant that can make you stand distinguished is you “Research Papers”, she said. A technical research (can be more than one) paper will justify your devotion to science major, arts etc. and a General research paper will emphasize your linguistic ability. “Research paper is prime, it separates you from the others,” she confirmed.
            The vast reading materials the Logophiles students (Block 55/ August 2014, September 2014 and October 2015 reading materials) enabled the students to take strides through in a few months may sound excess but all of it yielded in usefulness to Ramisha. All the reading materials have always managed to leave a certain impact on her writing. It drastically increased her reading–speed and analyzing–skill, which are solely required to excel in finishing assignments in universities. She always had a constant communication with the ex-students of Logophiles, who helped her overcome certain fears to realize the bigger picture.
            “Sir, dance and music kore laabh kih?” was the first thing she said when sir stressed the importance of either an instrument or a type of cultural dance. “I do regret a lot not emphasizing more on music,” she said today. She is currently practicing music to take part in theatre at Lawrence. And the key is to NOT overwork, enjoying to work should be the only strategy.


Second Report (Siam): Ramisha Apu came for a visit from Lawrence University during her winter break and she brought along with her a book, The Pagoda Tree. Sir was absolutely delighted to see this book and let out a few joyful sighs. She spoke about things she had going on at Lawrence University. She had become an International Ambassador for Lawrence, planning extra-curricular cultural events involving dance and music and mentioned a book she had been working on – Honey Bee Democracy.

            Ramisha shared how the wide diverse discussions she had had in the Logophiles classes helped her in university as topics could be grasped more easily due to previous knowledge on them. She emphasized the critical importance of research papers, much more so than grades, as the research papers are what makes an application distinctive. The two different research papers highlights both the applicant’s linguistic and technical abilities. The importance of one’s own culture was discussed and how it allows one to stand from the monotonous crowds in university. As an example, she told us that a teacher she had never talked with before had wanted to speak with her. She stated that music plays an important role in Lawrence University and then sir went on to describe the flower that was in the video they had sent during the admissions and said he believes it had played an important role and must have had an impact on the admissions committee. Ramisha told us that being confident in yourself is important and said a very inspiring line – Even though I might fail, I will still do it.
            The conversation ended with the revelation that we had been a part of what is called a ‘forum theatre’: we constituted the audience, Ramisha Apu and sir as performers and the space as a stage.



Saturday, 8 December 2018

Astronomy and Related Materials

I intend to link a few sites on Astronomy. For now, I am only putting up the link of

Bangladesh Astronomical Association

It is also to be noted that the Chief Executive Officer of the Association Mr. Mashur Ul Amin visited our class on last Thursday. We had a great many discussions which upon a few things that include - (1) the role of Classical Literature in improving our appreciation of Science; (2) the need for being dedicated once a student figures out her/his passion about a subject; (3) the importance of always getting into the company of like-minded people who shares a strong sense of intellectual inquiry. Mr. Mashur Ul Amin also mentioned how the reading of a few books have sealed his life-long passion for Astronomy. He particularly mentioned the following Books:

  1.  চাঁদের পাহাড় - বিভূতিভুষন বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়
  2. সমুদ্রের স্বাদ - জ্যাক লন্ডন (কবীর চৌধুরী-র অনুবাদ)
  3. ওল্ড ম্যান এন্ড দ্যা ‍সি - আর্নেস্ট হেমিঙওয়ে (ফতেহ লোহানি-র অনুবাদ)

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Day with Quantum Physics

Socialism in America

I intend to submit a couple of links related to socialism in America. For the first trial - I am adding the link to a Great and Wonderful book called Communism in America, which could serve as a companion volume to the Economic History of Soviet Union. I am adding the link to the the latter book as well.

The Roots of American Communism
The Rise and Fall of Soviet Economy

Monday, 3 December 2018

Reading Tasks Assignments

Everyone is required to work on the following reading materials. You are also being requested NOT to make any use of ONLINE materials so that your reading and writing keeps your original naivety. I chose the title "Reading Colonially" as photograph's title.

  1. Borno - Red Earth (along with Shashi Rathor and Chankya's chant)
  2. Shuvo - reading Sea of Poppies (available Online). Will also work on the unfinished research paper and Additional Info. PLEASE send me Crude Draft - never a refined draft.
  3. Rafi - read "English August" alongside Colonial Administration
  4. Nafia - take interview of Tomas Bünger and Kossi Sebastian Aholou-Wokawui
  5. Cheryl - work on Pale Fire (should NOT access online materials on the Novel)
  6. Rith - Master & Margatita + Fear of Mirror (will be finishing the latter while on Hliday)
  7. Siam - Everything on Kant's Logic
  8. Tahsin - work on In the Light of What we Know + McNamara Episode (Harvard Business Review. I have also give him a moderately big folder of articles and research papers on McNamara years in Washington. 
  9. Since we are NOT meeting tomorrow, you are all requested to keep me informed of your reading issues and items.  


Monday, 26 November 2018

Logophiles Reading Materials


August 2014 Reading Materials

1.      Moby Dick – Herman Melville
2.      Hungry Tides - Amitabh Ghosh
3.      Lowland - Jhumpa Lahiri
4.      Museum of Innocence - Orhan Pamuk
5.      Nagib Mahfuz (everything about the author’s life)
6.      Snow Country – Yasunari Kawabata
7.      How to Become a Man of Genius – Bertrand Russell
8.      A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
9.      Unknown Citizen – Auden
10.  To His Coy Mistress – Marvell
11.  The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock – T. S. Eliot
12.  Problems of Philosophy – Bertrand Russell
13.  Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
14.  Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
15.  Russell’s Problems Simplified (link: http://hume.ucdavis.edu/mattey/phi001/russellslides13_ho.pdf )
17.  Ancient Greece – Thomas R. Martin
18.  My Antonia – Willa Cather
19.  River of Smoke – Amitav Ghosh
20.  Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
21.  Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
22.  The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
23.  Anna Akhmatova (her life, works and significance)
24.  Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
25.  The Stranger – Albert Camus
37.  Critical Theory of Technology (link: http://www.sfu.ca/~andrewf/ctt.htm )
39.  Yale Historical Review - Spring 2014 (link: https://historicalreview.yale.edu/sites/default/files/spring_2014_yhr_web_0.pdf )

                                                     
September 2014 Reading Materials

  1. Rubaiyat - from MIT Classics Online (link:  http://classics.mit.edu/Khayyam/rubaiyat.html )
  2. Original Early 20th C. Edition (link: http://www.poetspress.org/archives/Roycroft-Omar-Khayyam.pdf )
  3. The TMW Media Teachers Guide Version  (link: http://www.tmwmedia.com/newtmw/teachers_guides/L4828DVD.pdf
4.      Doctor Faustus – Christopher Marlowe
5.      Chesterton’s Aphorisms
6.      Essay Anthology
7.      Short Introduction to Samuel Johnson; On Johnson’s Writing
8.      Johnson’s Periodic Sentence Structure
9.      Review of Philosophy of Technology
10.  Michael Foucault’s Lecture Series 1970-71
11.  Ode to Grecian Urn – John Keats
12.  Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell
13.  Howard's End – E.M. Foster
14.  When We Dead Awaken – Henrik Ibsen 
17.  Las Meninas (link: not available)
22.  Effective Postgraduate Supervision (link: http://www.cshe.unimelb.edu.au/resources_teach/teaching_in_practice/docs/11practices.pdf – problem in link)
25.  Ode to Nightingale – John Keats
26.  Ode to Psyche – John Keats
27.  Eve of St. Agnes – John Keats
28.  La Belle Dame Sans Merci – John Keats
29.  Lake Isle of Innesfree – W.B. Yeats
30.  Sailing to Byzantium – W.B. Yeats
31.  Politics – W.B. Yeats
32.  An Irish Airman Forsees his Death – W.B. Yeats
33.  Musee Des Beaux Arts – W.H. Auden
34.  Unknown Citizen – W.H. Auden
35.  Funeral Blues – W.H. Auden
36.  In Praise of Limestone – W.H. Auden
37.  In Memory of W.B. Yeats – W.H. Auden
38.  Political Theatre of Utpal Dutt
39.  Fern Hill – Dylan Thomas
44.  Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol
45.  The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
46.  The Living Hand – John Keats



October 2015 Reading Materials

1.      Theories: Feminism, Marxism and Freud
3.      Nayantara- Mixing Memories and Desire (link: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140803/spectrum/main1.htm )
5.      U Chicago Press  
9.      When Smart is Dumb (3rd Chapter) – Daniel Goleman



Rameesa’s revisit to Logophiles: After a semester at Lawrence University

First Report (Borno): She entered attired in a shimmery yellow-green salwar kameez; perhaps the same attire she wore in her university...