Author Archives: jsorrentino

Using Instructional and Interactive Videos for Online Teaching

Instructional Video created as a recorded slideshow using Apple Keynote  As part of the online French course I teach for NHTI, Concord’s Community College, I provide instructional videos to [..]

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Macaulay Snapshot 2014 at the New-York Historical Society!

This year our annual Macaulay Honors College/CUNY Snapshot student-curated exhibit of student photos taken on October 11th was on display for one day at the New-York Historical Society. [..]

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John Jay Night at the Museum

I took my students from my Intermediate French 1 course to the Museum of Arts and Design this evening. Their assignment is the following: What do you know [..]

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Cutting the Cable in New York City (updated 2014)

Recently, a friend asked me how much I was paying a certain large conglomerate for my cable TV service.  I had one of those “all in one triple [..]

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A Night at the Museum

Tonight was our inimitable Macaulay Night at the Brooklyn Museum.  The event went smoothly after a tremendous amount of preparation.  About 550 Macaulay first-year students descended on the [..]

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Today it was my supreme pleasure to receive my PhD (officially!) from the CUNY Graduate Center!  The Commencement Exercises took place at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, [..]

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Two Interesting Birthdays

I have a couple of Facebook friends who frequently repost literature-related birthday announcements from the Writer’s Almanac and decided I would follow suit today since there are two French [..]

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Before December 21, 2012: End of the Apocalypse Course

“The notion of a collective death or rapture can be very attractive to those who live a very solitary life. The protagonist of my film lives by herself, [..]

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Snapshot 2012

On October 11th, the members of the Macaulay Honors College freshmen class each took a photograph that would capture for them some aspect of New York City. Their [..]

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Crosspost from la Fondation Catherine Gide

This is a report on the Gide panel from the MLA 2012: “The Feminine in André Gide’s Life and Works” on the website for the Catherine Gide Foundation [..]

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