You need to choose some humanities topic, either historical (from chapters 9 through the end of the book) or related to a culture that you know through visiting or birth.
Quechua languageâ€“a people group from the Andes in South America
Edward Hopperâ€™s art, focusing on the late period
Music from the Swiss Alps
Carnival in Barbados (or Rio de Janeiro or wherever)
Gulliverâ€™s TravelsÂ by Jonathan Swift
This topic needs to be researchable. You have to write a paper using four sources (internet, paper, or interviews).
The historical/cultural paper should be at least three pages long, plus the Works Cited.
In the paper you should introduce your topic. This is where the research will be most helpful. Then:
Explain a) how a contemporary artist (whether painter, architect, writer, musician or other) creates works that draw on or comment on the culture and traditions of his/her societyâ€™s past or b)how a particular kind of art draws on or comments on the culture and traditions of the societyâ€™s past.
Explain how a work (narrative, poem, song, sculpture, building, etc.) from a societyâ€™s past can give a new understanding of what it is like to live in a particular culture or society to an outsider.
In addition, your purpose is to demonstrate how this particular cultural work explores the â€œhuman conditionâ€ within the context of its society. What questions about human life does this work attempt to deal with? What answers, if any, does it provide? How does it try to engage the senses and experience of its audience (viewer, reader, listener)?
Evaluation of Sources
You also need a paragraph for each of your sources, articulating why they were appropriate and/or legitimate sources. For help in evaluating websites,Â this pageÂ offers lots of different perspectives.
You need to have a four to six minute presentation on your topic prepared. It needs to include at least three visuals. It should be interesting.
You may create a video, so that you do not actually have to talk for your presentation, but I need to know that it is your video. So it either needs to have you in it or it needs to be you speaking.
When you do your presentation, you need about a page saying what you are going to present (what information you are covering). It could be an outline, notes, or your â€œspeech.â€ You also need the URLs for your visuals. You may email this to me or give me a copy when you get up to speak. It is part of the presentation grade.