Sunday, March 21, 2010

Individual Cultural Criticism PowerPoint Project Guidelines

Don't be afraid to sit a while and think.
--Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965)

You will be responsible for delivering a 5-7 minute PowerPoint cultural criticism presentation based on a topic of your choice (DUE DATES: Tues, 4/6 and Thurs, 4/8). Time yourself and rehearse so that you may give a polished, professional presentation.

With this personal project, you should focus on making a point about something that you have observed in popular or literary culture--films, books, articles, poetry, the news, a public figure, photography, art, language, politics, music videos, a popular fad, clothing, etc. You might want to relate yours to our semester's theme of "the alien/outcast/outsider"--or not--it's up to you!

We are on a continual search for "meaning"--how do you interpret the meaning of what you are presenting?

What is it about what you are focusing on that interests you, excites you, angers you, makes you happy?

What invades your consciousness with a persistence that does not allow you to walk away or turn the page?

If your presentation is dependent on the class watching some video clips or listening to some audio clips in advance for context, please send these materials at least two days in advance to the group list so that we can view/listen to them.

The presentation will be 5-7 minutes. A 1-page paper version will be due one week after you deliver it. Your paper should contain the thesis of your presentation and the main content of your remarks in bullet points. You are free to hand in the paper version at the time you deliver the presentation.

Try these guide questions:

Discuss your favorite poem/novel/play/essay/short story. Why is it your favorite?

Who is your favorite artist--film, fine art, music, dance, fashion?

What television program do you like? Conversely, what program do you find troubling?

What is your favorite magazine? Why?

What trends are you following?

What are you interested in?

What pressing social concern/s do you see reflected in art/fashion/music/television/film/popular culture? 

Rules for delivering a great presentation

Do not stand before the class and "wing it." You should not stumble over your words or look poorly prepared.

You should avoid subject/verb agreement errors, and you should PRACTICE your delivery so that you are not standing in front of the class swaying, wringing your hands, avoiding eye contact, and saying "um."

Your slides should be well-organized and free of grammatical errors and should be directly relevant to the presentation.

Have fun!

All best, Prof. Williams

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