Assignment 3: Cultural Activity Report
Due Week 10 and worth 100 points
As a way of experiencing the Humanities beyond your classroom, computer, and textbook, you are asked
to do a certain type of “cultural activity” that fits well with our course and then report on your experience.
Your instructor will require you to propose an activity and get instructor approval before you do it and
report on it (students should look for any instructions in that respect). Every effort should be made to
ensure that this is a hands-on experience (not a virtual one), that this activity fits the HUM 111 class well,
and that the activity is of sufficient quality for this university course. The two (2) key types of activities are
a museum visit or a performance. Note: This must not be a report on the same activity (and certainly not
the same report) as done for another class, like HUM 112. For instance, one might go to the same
museum as done for HUM 112, but this HUM 111 report will focus on entirely different works and
Visit a museum or gallery exhibition or attend a theater or musical performance before the end of
Week 10. The activity (museum or performance) should have content that fits our course well.
Have fun doing this.
Write a two to three (2-3) page report (500-750 words) that describes your experience.
Clearly identify the event location, date attended, the attendees, and your initial reaction
upon arriving at the event.
Provide specific information and a description of at least two (2) pieces (e.g., art,
exhibits, music, etc.).
Provide a summary of the event and describe your overall reaction after attending the
Use at least the class text as a reference (additional sources are fine, not necessary
unless required by your content). Your report should include connections you make
between things observed in your activity and things learned in the course and text.
Note: Submit your cultural event choice to the instructor for approval before the end of Week 5 (earlier is
even better). Look for guidance from the instructor for how or where to make your proposal. You may also
seek advice from your instructor (provide your town/state or zip code) for a good activity in your general
Visiting a Museum
It makes sense to approach a museum the way a seasoned traveler approaches visiting a city for
the first time. Find out what there is available to see. In the museum, find out what sort of
exhibitions are currently housed in the museum and start with the exhibits that interest you.
If there is a travelling exhibition, it’s always a good idea to see it while you have the chance.
Then, if you have time, you can look at other things in the museum.
Every effort should be made ahead of time to identify a museum that has items and works one
can easily connect to our HUM 111 class and book. Since HUM 111 covers from ancient times to
the 1500s AD, it makes more sense to focus on items from that time frame. In general, museums
with artistic cultural artifacts and fine arts work better than history museums.
Any questions about whether a museum-visit activity fits the course and assignment well enough
will be decided by the instructor when the student seeks approval for the activity. Any alternative
activity outside the normal ones listed here, such as for those limited by disability or distance, will
be determined by the instructor. Normally we do not expect students to travel over an hour to get
to an approved activity.