The role of Women
Assignment 2: Project Paper
Due Week 8
The Project Paper focuses on a suggested topic related to art, architecture, history, music, or literature. The project will reflect your views and interpretation of the topic. This project is designed to help you stretch your mind and your abilities to be the creative, innovative, and critical thinker you already are!
Choose one (1) of the topics from the list of topic choices below. Read the topic carefully. Write a three to four (3-4) page paper (750-1,000 words) that responds to each of the items described in the topic.
For the topic you choose:
Support your ideas with specific, illustrative examples. If there are questions or points associated with your chosen topic, be sure to answer all of the listed questions and address all of the items in that topic. If your topic asks you to do several things related to the topic, be sure to do each of the things listed.
While some of the topics tend to lend themselves toward particular writing genres, you are not restricted to the specific format suggested for the individual topic. For example, you may do an “interview,” a “proposal,” a “letter,” a “short story,” a “blog,” an “essay,” an “article,” or any other written genre for almost any of the topics. The project is intended to be fun as well as informative, so feel free to be creative with the delivery of your information.
Use at least three (3) good quality academic sources, with one (1) source being the class text.
Note: Wikipedia and other similar Websites do not qualify as academic resources. You are highly encouraged to use the Resource Center tab at the top of your Blackboard page.
Note: Your instructor may require you to submit your topic choice for approval before the end of Week 5.
Topic choices (pick 1):
Office Art Memo. Memorandum. Your boss, who knows you have been taking a humanities class since he pays for your tuition reimbursement, has tasked you with managing the art budget for your company, expecting you to choose various pieces of art for the new corporate offices. (Note: Replicas of the works are acceptable since they are more cost-efficient and you are working on a budget.)
Include the following:
Identify three (3) examples of 19th century Impressionist painting or sculpture and three (3) Post-Impressionist works. Explain how the six (6) pieces of art fall into these two (2) styles.
In a memo, describe the appearance of your six (6) choices to your CEO so he or she will know what the art looks like and where it would be placed in the corporate offices.
- Explain why each piece is considered to be historically significant.
- Explain how each piece “fits” your company’s overall (or desired) corporate image. Keep in mind that a piece of art is supposed to “say” something about the owner, so describe what would these pieces of art say about your company.
New Composition. Speech. Your uncle’s birthday is in two (2) months, and everyone knows that he loves almost all kinds of music. As a birthday gift for him, you want to have a special piece of music composed in his honor which will be played at a family birthday celebration. Write a speech that you will make to the composer’s agent. Include the following:
Narrow your choices down to three (3) composers you’ve studied in this course. Choose one (1) of the composers and explain why you want him to write the “birthday present” music.
Explain why the other two (2) composers were ultimately not selected.
Specifically identify the musical elements in the composer’s style that you would like to be included in the new music written for your uncle.
Describe what sort of emotion is generated by listening to the works of your selected composer; in other words, what do you want your uncle to “feel” as he hears the music, and why is this composer so perfect for this composition?
Harlem Renaissance Poets. Essay & Poem. Choose two (2) poems by different authors from the Harlem Renaissance.
Write an essay that:
Describes each author’s role and importance within the Harlem Renaissance.
Identify the elements in each of their poems in which you see evidence of the “double-consciousness” being expressed by each author.
Fully describe at least two (2) primary themes you see in the poetry written during this time period, referring to specific lines in each of the poems.
Write your own poem that expresses these identified themes of the Harlem Renaissance.
Women’s Roles Then & Now.Script. Script a conversation between two (2) notable women from the 18th and / or 19th century on the roles women should play in society. Within the dialogue, include:
Biographical information for each woman.
The historical status for women in general during the time period in which each woman lived.
What opinions each of the women might have on the role the women should play in society during their lifetimes.
What each of the women might think about women’s current roles.
Other topic choice recommended and approved by the professor and supported by the grading rubric.
The Project Paper will be graded on:
The level to which the instructions were followed.
The extent to which all four (4) parts in the topic were addressed.
The adequacy of information, examples, and details which support the general claim or main idea.
The clarity and relevance of the explanations and descriptions.
Adherence to standard rules of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
The inclusion of three (3) required references (two  additional sources besides your textbook) documented using APA style.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA Style format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions specific to the selected topic. (Note: Students can find APA style materials located in the Additional Resources section of their Student Center within their course shell for reference)
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Explain how key social, cultural, and artistic contributions contribute to historical changes.
Explain the importance of situating a society’s cultural and artistic expressions within a historical context.
Examine the influences of intellectual, religious, political, and socio-economic forces on social, cultural, and artistic expressions.
Identify major historical developments in world cultures from the Renaissance to the contemporary period.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in the study of world cultures.
Write clearly and concisely about world cultures using proper writing mechanics.
Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric found here.
An Essay on the role of Women
A script of a possible Conversation between Carthay Williams and Fannie Farmer
Fannie Farmer: Wow! What do we have here, a woman in uniform? Someone pinch me so that I awake from this dream. I mean how is this even possible? Hello, I am Fannie Farmer, who may you be?
Carthay Williams: Excuse me missus, what do you mean you don’t believe your eyes? Is it because I am a black woman or because I am a black woman in uniform or because I am a woman in uniform? It’s always one of the three with surprised strangers.
Fannie: Sorry, that was not my intention, I did not mean it in any negative way, I was trying to say…
Williams: (interrupting Fannie) Then what is it that you meant? What is it about me that surprised you so much? Are you one of the members of the anti-abolitionist squads that want to see all black folk go back to cotton fields?!
Fannie: (Trying to speak with a firm voice) I meant to say I have never seen a woman in military uniform, whether in service or for any other purpose, that is what I meant, that is what surprised me, is it now an offence to register one’s sense of surprise?
Williams: (with wide grin on her face) I guess it’s only fair that I also apologize, my brash response is a defense mechanism I have developed over the years to fend off anybody who wants to tell me about the A-Z of Negroe woman stereotypes. I am Carthay Williams, (extending her hand) what is your name Ma’am?
Fannie: I am Mrs. Farmer, Fannie Farmer. Great to finally meet you, my older brother always talked about a black woman who fought in the war but we assumed it was another of his exaggerations. Up to this moment I did not believe he was telling the truth.
Williams: Is that so? I am also honored to finally meet you, I have heard a lot about you and the books you have written. It has always been assumed that women naturally belong in the Kitchen and know exactly what to do, your books enable them to exceed their normal capabilities in as far as making hearty meals is concerned. I find yours to be an amazing story given the fact that you had to stop school for almost a whole year due to health challenges!
Fannie: Compared to your achievements mine don’t even count, women are normally soft and vulnerable, meant to take care of the home. You took up arms and went to the military. Now that’s amazing. Yes, I had to stop my schooling for some years as I had a debilitating condition when much younger. I managed to proceed with my education due to my parent’s appreciation of its necessity. Though at times I wonder if it was sane to go back to school at 31 years of age.
Williams: In that case it is safe to say that you are my role model and I am yours. I wonder how we would fare as women in the 21st Century. I think we would still stand out; feminism has played a role in uplifting the position of women in society. However there are still many glass ceilings set for women.
Fannie: I know, right?, You would be some form of demi-goddess in this society as women still lag behind men in many areas. While the concept of house-wife does not hold the connotation it held in the 19th Century, women are still lagging behind in the different areas of life such as work and the political process. Do you think they would manage to go through a whole day as a woman in the 1800s?
Williams: Personally I believe they could survive even a whole year. Despite society defining us by our weaknesses, we are actually very strong and thick skinned we take the different challenges we encounter head on. Take yourself as an example, you were threatened by a disease that would have otherwise rendered you dependent on family but you came out strong. I on my part took up arms and fought alongside men, overcoming the stereotype of women being weak and timid. We both overcame barriers that society had placed for women and we emerged victorious. Had we not, this would have been a dull and rather short conversation.
Fannie: You are very right about that. It was nice meeting you and also a pleasure talking with you Mrs. Williams, if you have time you should surely pay me a visit. I will be in town for the next two weeks giving lectures in the College to your left.
Williams: Pleasure was all mine Mrs. Fannie.
Ashby, R., & Ohrn, D. G. (Eds.). (1995). Herstory: Women who changed the world. Viking Childrens Books.
Blanton, D. (1992). Cathay Williams Black Woman Soldier 1866-1868. Minerva, 10(3), 1.
McFadden, M. H. (2015). Golden Cables of Sympathy: the transatlantic sources of nineteenth-century feminism. University Press of Kentucky.
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