"Post-Midterm Intellectual" Book Presentation

last updated 2/20/10

As a university's mission is to help you enter a less lay and more complex sphere, I am having you actually read a book! Hopefully this book will stimulate your desire to learn more, your outrage, your awareness, or some aspect of your intellect (and perhaps also emotion), and your critical reading/writing skills.

You will be analytically and critically reading one of the following non-fiction books keeping in mind the need to give a "midterm exam" presentation (using a Powerpoint or Hypertext format) about your analytical/critical appraisal of the book (with the larger point being: what you learned about the subject-matter but also rhetorical choices, strengths or flaws in logic, crappy or great writing, stylistics and audience, and why we should or should not be interested in what the book's project is). Looking at book reviews can be helpful in terms of some of the approaches you can take with your presentation, though I also recommend these possible headings. The DK Handbook also gives structural advice on pp. 231-232.

Your presentation needs to be tight, practiced in advance, and about 10 minutes max.

This is worth 50 points (which really can make a difference) based on interest, tension, and analytical/critical engagement with the text (rather than simple regurgitation which seldom engage complex audiences).

Here are some possible "intellectually stimulating" books you can choose from (I'm trying for a liberal/conservative range, but I can't read or know about everything; thus I rely on your imput):