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Humanities 1301 - Goldsberry, Christopher

Searching as Strategic Exploration

You will write 1000 words or more (excluding MLA formatting/documentation) on the following topic:

  • Choose and attend a cultural experience you have NOT encountered before.  This could be any of the following:
    • a religious service of a faith to which you don't belong or haven't experienced
    • an ethnic restaurant that serves a type of cuisine you have not tried before in a cultural setting
    • a museum you have never visited before
    • a festival or event that highlights some aspect of culture you haven't experienced
    • a concert or other live performance of a type of music, dance, or other form of Humanities expression (i.e., a lecture, a poetry slam, a live art demo, a street performance)

VIRTUAL ALTERNATIVE: Google a YouTube video, use the resources linked in this module, or find a live streaming performance of a religious service/ritual, cultural event, or a concert of a type of music you haven't attended before.  Include the video or web page as part of your paper.  This does NOT count toward the minimum required class materials sources.  You can also get takeout from a restaurant with cuisine you haven't experienced before if you can see the inside of the restaurant and/or talk with the owner, an employee, or someone else you know who has experience with the culture.

Examine this cultural event in light of spirituality and religion as applicable and think about related materials from class.  In what ways do you see the values being portrayed?  What did you see, hear, smell, taste, touch?  How did you feel?  How did others actively involved experience the scene?  How does what you experienced relate to what you learned in class?  What does it teach you about Humanities?  You must have this experience during the semester.  It cannot be a previous experience. 

You must include at least three disciplinary sources from class materials: at least one from literature, at least one from philosophy/theology, and at least one from fine arts (music, art).  Use only sources from the course materials or an official website for the experience (i.e., a restaurant website or a website for a house or worship or an artist)Contact me for approval of other sources.  You cannot earn a grade higher than "C" if you use unapproved sources.

Your essay must use MLA format and documentation, both in-text and works cited.  Remember in-text includes framing, context, credibility, and parenthetical documentation (the latter only if it's a print source).  The Works Cited page must be the last page of your paper, NOT a separate file.  The 1000-word minimum does NOT include the MLA "Works Cited" page.  Refer to the sample MLA paper link and the in-text documentation file.  The file must be in pdf, doc, or docx format.  Use "Save" as in your word processing program to find the correct file type.  No APA formatting/documentation.

Turnitin is enabled for this assignment.

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