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Fall 2012 Mandelbaum

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Who is Gladwell? 

  • Mandelbaum, Micheal. "Introduction." From The Meaning of Sports: Why Americans Watch Baseball, Football, and Basketball, and What They See When They DoNew York: Public Affairs, 2004, xiii-xviii.
  • Mandelbaum, Michael. "Why America Hates Football." Writing for the English magazine Observer Sports Monthly, Mandelbaum tries to explain why Americans don't like Football (Soccer).
  • Mandelbaum discusses his book on the Diane Rehm radio show 
  • Mandelbaum discusses his book with Jim Fleming of Wisconsin Public Radio. Interview is 6 minutes long, and sketches main themes of the book. 
  • Stewart on sports and socialism - excerpt (see 2.40) and full


About Mandelbaum


Background Material for Mandelbaum- videos, interviews, people and organizations mentioned


Unit 1 Teaching Materials


Sample Schedules and Class Plans for Unit 1


Rhetorical Reading Notes



Mandelbaum: Annotations (micro- and macro-charting):

The first two-thirds of Oreskes's piece (pgs. 65-79) hand-charted by Daniela Oreskes - annotations.pdf


Prereading 1



Prereading 2: Jigsaw Work, Discussion, & Group Work


Pre-reading 3: Naming & Framing the issue

Before teaching Oreskes, it may be useful to read the first 2 pages of Friedman's "The Power of Green," which is all about the power of language to name, define and frame climate issues. He says "In the world of ideas, to name something is to own it. If you can name an issue, you can own the issue...Well, I want to rename 'green.'"  Here are some other examples of ways of naming/framing the issue. Students could be assigned to report on these frames either individually or as part of group work. 



The Assignment: guidelines, scoring, rubrics and sample papers


Working with Oreskes- charting, PACES, Analysis and Strategies 


Drafting & Peer Review



Miscellaneous Extras



Advocacy Groups Arguing For/Against Human Induced Climate Change

  • http://cfact.org/
  • See http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Committee_for_a_Constructive_Tomorrow  for more info - appears to be funded largely by 2 Scaife family foundations, the Carthage Foundation and the Sarah Scaife Foundation (both part of the Scaife family foundation, funded by "reclusive billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife," whose wealth was inherited from the Mellon industrial, oil, uranium, aluminum and banking fortune. Seehttp://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Carthage_Foundation. Other big contributors are oil and auto companies - namely Chevron, ExxonMobil, DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company Fund. I tried looking up a few of the people on the advisory board. 
    WHO ARE THE AUTHORITIES (advisory board, plus people cited on site most often)
    So far many seem ghosts - EXAMPLE, "Kleinfeld, Gerald R., Ph.D."  He is listed as "Consortium for Atlantic Studies, Arizona State University." But in fact, he's this guy: http://www.kleinfeld.biz/CV.htm. He's a professor of German studies, and a concultant ("German Federal Ministry for Defense: Consultant-Contractor on German and American Strategic Policy (ten years consultancy, contractor with Consortium for Atlantic Studies - CAS)"
    He's a "contractor" with the "Consortium for Atlantic Studies"? This consortium does not seem to exist. 
    Some are "contrarians" mentioned by Oreskes in her article, e.g. Frederick Seitz (Oreskes, p 75)
    http://cfact.org/a/1674/CFACT-drops-the-banner-on-Greenpeace-ships "Greenpeace claims that human carbon dioxide emissions are causing “dangerous global climate change.” Hundreds of climate scientists and thousands of other scientists disagree with that assertion, as frequently noted by Lord Christopher Monckton, former science advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and a CFACT advisor. “The continuing scandal over falsified and destroyed temperature data, manipulated climate models, and a perverted scientific and peer review process further demonstrates that there is no valid basis for this anti-energy, wealth-redistribution, global governance Copenhagen treaty,” said Rucker. [Could examine this rhetoric - esp. the idea that government regulation is somehow "redistributionist" (aka communist), and part of an international conspiracy for world control - for continuities between other foundations set up in the 50s, 60s and 70s against tobacco regulation, clean air regulation, STAR wars technology, acid rain, etc.)
    Double ouchhttp://cfact.org/a/1769/Obamas-deliberate-Katrina  Obama administration's reaction to the Katrina disaster "is proactively incompetent and obstructionist, as though it is determined not to let this crisis go to waste – but to prolong and intensify the environmental and economic calamity, to advance its political objectives: shutting down offshore leasing and drilling, bringing the US oil industry into the automotive-banking-housing-healthcare sphere of federal control, forcing a massive shift to costly renewable energy, and ramming cap-tax-and-trade through Congress."
    EXTENDING Oreskes-type research + rhetorical analysis: 1) how many of these authorities listed on the sites are scientists with expertize in the relevant areas? How many are in fact retired, older scientists in different fields (as Oreskes suggests in Merchants of Doubt.) 2) INFLUENCE relative to credibility a) what do Nexis-Lexis searches show - how influential and how often are these groups/figures cited? b) what do google searches show in terms of ranking etc.? 3) WHAT patterns of organization and funding can be found - are the same authorities, and the same organizations funding different advocacy groups? 4) To what extent are groups grass roots, and to what extent are they astroturf? 5) what are the most common strategies used to debunk climate change? How are authorities used, evidence selected, etc.   
  • http://demanddebate.com/  It claims to want to foster debate on campus about climate change. It features some clever rhetoric and snazzy t-shirts. Don't know who funds it, but headed by Steven Milloy, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Milloy. Perhaps something for students to discuss and research. They could perhaps do a group project that is a bit like Oreskes - that is, take a representative sample of organizations that advocate on climate change issues, and then analyze where their funding comes from, and thus which percentage are authentic grass roots, and which are "astroturf."


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