Each week we will be looking at a set period from our past. Although these are our ancestors, it will seem like we are studying a distant planet, inhabited by people with the strangest of habits. Fortunately, these subjects of our observation give us abundant clues about who they are. Their art, their writing, their technology, the way they do business, the way they govern themselves all feed into a picture we will attempt to paint for ourselves each week. Understanding who they were will help us understand who we are.
Each week you will be given three or four questions pertaining to important topics covered in the materials provided in the question itself, the textbook, the lectures, the other materials provided, and my comments in my Live Session. You choose the one you like and post a response of 125 words or more. You also need to respond to another post from one of your fellow students. This second post should be at least 60 or so words long and should not just agree with or repeat what has been said.
Please use an example that has not already been used in the discussion.
1 Your book describes the end of the 19th century as the Fin de Siecle (the French for it). Many things reached a high point in terms of art, writing, and science. It was the culmination of a tumultuous century. How do Art Nouveau and Impressionist painting reflect the state of European and American culture at the end of the century? Use an example from each artistic trend to support your points.
2. Both van Gogh and Gaugin led tumultuous lives. Each man left his home country and found their best inspiration and did their best work in other lands. Using specific paintings that they did, compare and contrast their works and lives.
3. Choose two inventions from this Era of Invention (1850-1900) and explain why they changed the world of their time and why they are still important. Use specific examples and identify the people who were the agents of change in each example.
4. Why did the European nations suddenly begin to colonize Africa? How did they do it? Which European nation got what? What has come to exist today in the places where the Europeans laid claim? Use at least one specific example of a part of Africa that was colonized.
5. Your book has an excellent section on the early days of film beginning on page 1166. Choose a woman working in film then and compare her to your favorite woman working in film today. Directors, producers, and actors are all welcome examples. Who made a difference? Who is making a difference? What has and can film do to record and reflect the time in which it is made?
How to Improve Your Score with Discussion Boards
With the first week of Discussion Boards in front of us, it is a good time to pause and reflect before moving forward. If the score is the only thing you look at and moved on, you are doing yourself a disservice. Read the feedback and consider why you lost points, to prevent the same thing happening week after week.
Here are a few common mistakes to avoid:
Hopefully, these thoughts will help. Go through this process each week after grades are posted. It is always about continual improvement. I often say that for any of us, there is no finish line in writing. We will work to improve throughout our lives. Dr. Mike
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