Museum, Write a two to three (2-3) page report (500-750 words) that describes your experience

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 112 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 111. For instance, one might go to
the same museum as done for HUM 111, but this HUM 112 report will focus on
entirely different works and displays. 

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  1. Visit a museum
  2. Write a two to three (2-3) page report (500-750 words) that describes your
    • 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)
    • Provide a summary of the event and describe your overall reaction after
      attending the event.
    • 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. 

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 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
  • Every effort should be made ahead of time to identify a museum that has
    items and works one can easily connect to our HUM 112 class and book. Since HUM
    112 covers from 1600 AD to the present, it makes more sense to focus on items
    from this time frame. In general, museums with 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. 
  • Make notes as you go through the museum and accept any handouts or pamphlets
    that the museum staff gives you. While you should not quote anything from the
    printed material when you do your report, the handouts may help to refresh your
    memory later.
  • The quality of your experience is not measured by the amount of time you
    spend in the galleries or the number of works of art that you actually see. The
    most rewarding experiences can come from finding two or three (2 or 3) pieces of
    art or exhibits which intrigue you and then considering those works in leisurely
    contemplation. Most museums have benches where you can sit and study a
    particular piece.
  • If you are having a difficult time deciding which pieces to write about, ask
    yourself these questions: (1) If the museum you are visiting suddenly caught
    fire, which two (2) pieces of art or exhibits would you most want to see saved
    from the fire? (2) Why would you choose those two (2) particular pieces?