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Cultural Event Requirement 2015

Cultural Event Assignment: Due Wednesday, March 4


Instead of doing book reports this quarter, your assignment is to attend a “cultural event,” which we English teachers define as a production of an art or social institution that you haven’t attended before.  This is an assignment geared to broaden your awareness and understanding of the world around you.  Examples of cultural events are art exhibits, live theatrical performances, poetry readings, and museums.  It is not something I expect you have attended before, such as high school productions, movies, or athletic contests.


Prepare for the event by setting aside preconceived notions about the activity.  Read about the event and talk to someone who is knowledgeable about it.  During the event take notes about what you like and dislike.  As soon as it is over, summarize your emotional response and be clear about why you feel that way.  Give specific reasons and examples.  You are required to turn in a one-page essay that focuses on the purpose of the event, a description of it, your personal reaction to it, and the reasons for your reaction.  A program, brochure, ticket, or photo of you at the event must be turned in with the paper.  This assignment is worth 50 points, and failure to complete it will result in an “F” for the entire nine weeks, regardless of your current standing in the class.  It is due March 4, and you cannot turn it in late.


Try to keep your cultural event fun and inexpensive.  Go with a group of friends.  Look for free performances at Cornell College or Heritage Hall (above the Lisbon Library.)

  • Theatre Cedar Rapids has a free preview performance of all shows and discounted tickets for students—but you must make reservations in advance. (Dreamgirls begins Jan. 23. Doubt opens Feb. 6)
  • The Art Museum is free to children under 18, and is open noon-4:00 daily, and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

Some specific ideas at Cornell:

  • Music Mondays at Cornell College for $5 or many free music events sponsored by Cornell. (7:30 pm Jan 26th                        Orquesta Alto Maiz “The Salsa Band” KING CHAPEL,  7:30 pm Feb 23rd Quink -Netherlands Vocal Ensemble KING CHAPEL)
  • 7:00 pm Jan 16th Kevin Coval Slam Poetry Reading KIMMEL THEATRE

Kevin Coval, a poet the Chicago Tribune called “the voice of the new Chicago,” will be performing here at Cornell on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. The Boston Globe says Kevin is “the city’s unofficial poet laureate.” Join Lyrically Inclined as we listen to Kevin Coval spit hot fire.

  • 2:00 pm Jan 18th –March 1,2015 in Peter Paul Luce Gallery in McWethy Hall: Third year University of Iowa MFA painting graduates and faculty exhibition
  • 6:30 pm Jan 23rd PAAC Music & Bands: Jackie Tohn Concert ORANGE CARPET Jackie Tohn is a singer/songwriter, actress, and comedian who has shared the stage with Jason Mraz and Sara Bareilles, as well as appearing on American Idol, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and The Sopranos. Carrying a guitar and ukulele, she entertains with her original songs and quirky sense of humor.
  • Theatre Production: “Machinal” KIMMEL THEATRE “Machinal,” By Sophie Treadwell, Directed by Janeve West. Premiering on Broadway in 1928 and inspired by the 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, “Machinal” has been considered one of the greatest and earliest examples of Expressionist Theatre on the American stage. The show runs Feb. 20, 21, 27, and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. in Kimmel Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $7 for seniors/students/youth


Extra Credit: If you choose to attend a second cultural event, follow the same guidelines as above for extra credit—your only extra credit opportunity in this class.

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