update re: BMCC and online classes…

As per the announcement from BMCC, there will be no classes this week (3/12-3/18). Please turn your midterm in on Blackboard. 

I will be in touch with you soon with a revised syllabus and plans for the rest of the semester.

We WILL be continuing class even if it is in a different form. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.



update re: CUNY announcement

Dear all,

I know there is a lot of information circulating right now about CUNY moving to online classes and the Instructional Recess that’s supposed to start tomorrow– it’ s confusing!

I am still waiting to hear what BMCC has decided about how to move forward so — for now, assume that we WILL have class this week. I will write to you this evening to confirm this or to cancel class, so keep an eye on your email.

be in touch with any questions or concerns.


Professor Munshi

Homework for next week, March 12 and March 13

  • Your midterm assignment is due! This is a required assignment, and you can find the instructions under “Assignments” on the website or here.
  • Reading!
    • If you are in my Thursday class, please re-read the Combahee River Collective’s Black Feminist Statement. Reading about Latinas Organizing for Reproductive Health is optional.  You are also welcome to come to this panel discussion on Friday.
    • If you are in my Friday class, we will discuss Mock and Combahee, so bring them both to class. Also, please read the piece about Latinas Organizing to prepare yourself for the panel discussion on Friday.

A survey about the Zero Textbook Cost program…

hi- I am passing this on since our class is part of the ZTC program here at BMCC.


Are you a BMCC student who is taking or has taken a course that DID NOT require you to purchase a textbook, online homework platform, or other course materials (aka Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) course)?

If so, we invite you to share your thoughts about the experience and importance of your Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) cost course(s) by completing this survey by Sunday, March 8:


Students who participate in the survey will be entered in a raffle for six (6) $50 Amazon gift cards.

At the end of the survey, you will be asked if you are interested in being interviewed on camera. Your answer will not affect your entry in the survey raffle. Students who are interested in and are selected for an on-camera interview will receive $100 Amazon gift cards.

Your responses will help the BMCC Library promote Zero Textbook Cost courses with students and recruit more instructors to create courses that don’t require students to purchase textbooks.

If you have any questions about the survey or Zero Textbook Cost courses, email the ZTC/OER team at oer@bmcc.cuny.edu.

Thank you!

Homework for next week, Thursday March 5 and Friday March 6

dear all,

Next week, we will start our section on Gender. Please read (using the reading questions as a guide):

  • an excerpt from Janet Mock’s memoir, Redefining Realness
  • the Combahee River Collective’s Black Feminist Statement 

We will spend some time going over the Midterm Assignment in class- so please take a look at it before next week. You can find it on the site under Assignments, or you can also find it here. 


Extra Credit Opportunity

The next Democratic presidential candidate debates is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25 at 8pm and will air on CBS, BET, and Twitter.  If you watch/listen to the debate (or read about it) and write a 1-page reflection about your observations, analyses, and/or questions, you can turn it in for extra credit.

Homework for next week, Thursday 2/27 and Friday 2/28

dear all,

For next week:

  • Essay #1 is due at the start time of your class. The instructions are available under “Assignments” or you can also find them here.
  • We will discuss the chapter by Anzaldua, so please read/re-read before class.
  • We will also discuss a chapter about the institution of marriage by Stephanie Coontz. The reading and questions are available on your class readings page.

And, two announcements:

  • If you want to continue to watch the rest of Babies, please do! You can get watch it by going to the BMCC Library page and clicking on Video Databases.  Select the database “SWANK.”  Use the search bar to look up the film by title. Enjoy 🙂
  • The slides I use in class are now up on the course website. You can find them on the top of the page with your Readings/Reading Questions.

Homework for next week, 2/20 (Th) and 2/21 (F)

Next week, we are going to talk about the topic of CULTURE. To do this, we will discuss two readings (and watch a film in class).

One reading is by Miner, an anthropologist writing in the 1950s about a group of people called the Nacirema.

The other reading is by a Chicana feminist writer named Gloria Anzaldua, who is writing about issues of language and identity in this chapter of her book, Borderlands/La Frontera: the New Mestiza.  

Please read the two pieces and respond to the reading questions to prepare yourself for the class discussion.