Grades Submitted

I’ve submitted all of the grades to WebAdvisor at this point. I don’t know if they’re visible to you at this point or not. if not, they should become visible on Monday. I apologize for the delay, but at least they’re done.

Thanks for the many expressions of support I’ve gotten. They’re quite meaningful.

I’ll be getting in touch with some of you in order to ask permission to run your COVID-19 Narrative essays in my website series. I’m too tired to do that right now, but will do it within the next few days. I found many of them highly informative and deeply moving.

My private email, if anyone wants to get in touch with me, is khawajaenator at gmail.

Some of you have wondered about my plans for the future. They are best expressed by this old song from my childhood, whose wise words I urge you to take to heart.


Grades Delayed

Unfortunately, my submission of your grades will be delayed. I had hoped to submit them yesterday, but I didn’t finish. I am hoping to submit them by noon or early afternoon today. As you may know, I have had a ten-day dispute with the university that has led to my resignation as of today (strictly speaking as of 9 am, but I suppose delayed now by a few hours). I also had computer problems yesterday, and have suffered a number of bereavements in rapid succession. So those things have slowed me down, but the grades will get done today. It will be literally the last thing I do at Felician.

I don’t know if the grades will be visible later today or on Monday. But don’t be alarmed by the delay. They’re coming.

Charles “Rob” Roberts, RIP

Back on April 22, I mentioned a friend of mine, Rob Roberts, a police officer with the Glen Ridge Police Department, who had been resuscitated after cardiac arrest due to complications from COVID-19. He fought for life for about two weeks at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, but sadly passed away yesterday. Here is a news item:

NJ Police Officer With COVID-19 Is Town’s First Line-of-Duty Death in 125 Years

He’s the 11th police officer to die of COVID-19 in New Jersey.

Nursing Assistant in a War Zone; Grading Assistant in a War Zone

Here is the most recent student post in my COVID-19 Narrative Series, by Kendra Francisco in my Phil 250A section. I’ll be contacting seven or eight of you soon to ask permission to post your essay.

I’m working through the grading, but will have to take it up the wire. The grades are due on Thursday. The due date for material was Monday. I will accept material submitted after Monday insofar as I can, but at some point will have to draw the line and stop. Having to accept late submissions, of course, is one reason why it takes me longer to grade.

COVID-19 Narratives (6): Nursing Assistant in a War Zone

I felt lucky to have a grading assistant to get me through this, but it looks like you killed him right off the bat. It’s like he took one look at those papers, and just kind of dropped. I don’t have that luxury. Do I wish I did? Sort of. Info for Final

Here is the information for the final. The due date remains midnight of May 11, as it was. Ignore the due listed on, which is only there to accommodate late papers (not to encourage them). You’ll have to go to to submit the papers directly. If you don’t have an account, you’ll have to make one.

For section A (8:15 am):

Class ID: 24805450

enrollment key: khawaja

For section D

Class ID: 24805472

enrollment key: khawaja

COVID-19 Narratives

I thought you’d be interested in looking at some of the submissions I got for my COVID-19 Narrative Project. Two of them are from college students, one of them from my Phil 250A section. Here is Kiara Almendarez’s essay:

COVID-19 Narratives (5): Coronavirus, Chronic Pain, and College Life

And this is another college student’s essay, submittedly anonymously:

COVID-19 Narratives (4): Life and Death During the North Jersey Surge

This essay, by an anonymous New York-area physician, was probably the most controversial one I’ve gotten so far:

COVID-19 Narratives (3): A Physician’s View of the Front Lines

I’m looking forward to getting some more.

End of Semester Reminders

Some things to remembering heading into the end of the semester.

  • You need to have done at least 7 blog comments, and 7 quizzes by May 8 (extended from May 4). Blog comments are to be done right here on this website. Quizzes are located under “Contents” in BrightSpace. The quizzes are located on BrightSpace with the material that they cover (so that the Husak quiz is with the Husak material, the Huemer quiz is with the Huemer material, etc.) Ignore the “Activities” tab; I never use it. Quizzes are to be emailed to my Felician email address. There will be 11 quizzes (so far there are 9).
  • The final take-home exam is down below. I’ll put it on BrightSpace as well. The final paper should submitted to, whether you do option 1 or 2. I will set up the account soon, and give you that information when I do.
  • Please do the course evaluation for the class.
  • Please try to do the two student surveys I sent you.
  • I will post grades on BrightSpace as I work through them, but this will take some time, as I’m somewhat backed up on my grading.
  • If you have questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.

Executive Order 107

What’s the most important thing you learned from our in-class discussion of Executive Order 107? Put somewhat differently, what’s the most important issue that the discussion raised?

(This is the last blog assignment I will be posting.)

Khawaja and Kiera (and Nicole) on Online Teaching at Radio Felician U

I did an interview on Radio Felician University with current Phil 250A student Kiera Benson, and former Phil 250 student Nicole Cacciatore. The topic was online teaching. Controversial things were said; feel free to respond below in the comments (yes, your comment counts for credit toward your blog grade). Here is a link to WRFU. The show airs at 12:30 pm this Sunday.

Kiera and Nicole host a radio show called “Spill the Tea” that you should be listening to every week. It airs Wednesdays at 8:30 pm (I think), and Sundays at 12:30 pm. (It’s a weekly show, so the same show is aired twice.) It’s basically the best radio show ever, and has convinced me that I need a radio show, too, at least once I get the grading done.