HUM 112 Full Course Discussions STR

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HUM 112 Week 1 Discussion STR

Week One Discussion:  Science and Society and Technology

Read Chapters 21 and 22, listen to the lectures, look at the power points, and post an original reply to both of the following questions.  Post early in the week and reply to at least one classmate’s post with thoughtful details.   **Each weekly discussion is worth 20 points. Take your time and give us as much insight and detail as you can. **

  1.  Identify a scientific discovery or invention from the 1400s to 1600s and explain what impact it had on society at the time it was discovered or invented.  Refer to the text or a website as a source. Before posting, read over what your classmates have chosen and try to choose a different invention.  What would you have invented if you lived in this time period?
  2. Each week you will get to choose the most important “person of the week.”  For week one, your  choices are Caravaggio, an artist who uses light and dark in his paintings of biblical scenes for dramatic effect, and Rembrandt, who is known for his magnificent and realistic self-portraits.  Look at the pictures in our text and at these links and then choose one artist you feel is more important.

Caravaggio:  Here are some details from that website:   Caravaggio’s works constitute some of the most stunning works in the entire history of Western painting. Observing the evolution of his style from his early works (The Fortune Teller, Bacchus and Narcissus) to his major successes (The Calling of Saint Matthew and Doubting Thomas) to his final paintings (David with the Head of Goliath) is like watching the tumultuous ups and downs of his life.


Here are some details from that website:   No artist has left a loftier or more penetrating personal testament than Rembrandt van Rijn. In more than 90 portraits of himself that date from the outset of his career in the 1620s to the year of his death in 1669, he created an autobiography in art that is the equal of the finest ever produced in literature even of the intimately analytical Confessions of St. Augustine.   Who is the more important artist of these two men, in your opinion, and why?

HUM 112 Week 2 Discussion STR

Week Two Discussion:  Versailles, Velázquez, and Rubens–Please answer all of the questions listed below–

  • Versailles contains symbols of power and absolute monarchy.  Pick a feature of the palace you admire and explain how you would use this as a setting for a computer program or a board game.   What would happen in this setting?   Who would be featured in the game (the king?  the queen?  noblemen?).
  • Use the text as a source and research on line for a computer program to discuss.   Consider the gardens, Hall of Mirrors, the layout of the palace itself,  the furniture, the number of rooms, and paintings.   Here is a link to a website that discusses how to design a game:

.Week 4 Assignment Topic Choice –Go to the other discussion thread to post your topic choice (and see the topics listed).

HUM 112 Week 3 Discussion STR

Week 3 Discussion  Hayden, Mozart, the Enlightenment, and Child Prodigies:  Please answer all of the following questions as part of your initial post and then reply to at least one classmate.

  1. Listen to one (1) composition (for a symphony) by Haydn or Mozart in the Music tab or a link given below. Identify the work that you listened to, then tell us if you think a computer could write better music see   and Computer music:

Classical Music and computer music links

Haydn at and

  1. Cite your views on child stars and explain the impact of early success. Give an example of a modern child star or genius (music,math or science or computers) whose rise and fall mirrors Mozart’s (a child prodigy who performed throughout Europe). Look over these power points about Mozart’s life to see what happened to him. Read over your classmates’ posts then choose a star no one else has selected.

HUM 112 Week 4 Discussion STR

Week Four Discussion Beethoven: Art and Protest in the 1800s

Please respond to each of the following questions, using on line sources and the textbook for your response:

  1. Cite several lines from a Romantic poet/poem in our text and then find a landscape painting by Constable or Turner from this time period you think might illustrate those lines. Consider poems from Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth, Coleridge,  Bryon, or William Blake.
  2. Who is the Person of the Week for week four? Look over the list below of Romantic poets and writers and then tell us which one was the most important, in your opinion, and why as part of your original post.  Your choices are Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, or Byron.  Also, consider the contributions of Mary Shelley, writer of the original book called Frankensteinand Mary Godwin, an advocate for women’s rights. While some worked together (Wordsworth and Coleridge, Shelley and Byron, as well as Shelley and his wife, Mary), and some wrote alone (Keats and Blake–but Blake did work with his wife on his engravings that accompanied his poetry), each was noteworthy and changed the way poetry (and fiction) was written. Several were so famous that they were poetry “rock stars.”


HUM 112 Week 5 Discussion STR

  • Week 5 Discussion  Opera and Society

Please respond to each of the following questions, using sources under the Explore heading and the textbook as the basis of your response:

2.Person of the week:   This week your choices are between Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, American writers and poets, and Claude Monet, the artist who broke new ground in France with his painting techniques.   Look at the pictures and information in our text and online and then tell us which person you feel is more important and why.

HUM 112 Week 6 Discussion STR

Week 6 Tchaikovsky and Person of the Week:

Please respond to both of the following, using sources under the Explore heading and the textbook as the basis of your response:

  1. Select one (1) composition by Tchaikovsky that you enjoy.  Describe the music and subject matter and explain why you enjoy it and why it is still popular today.  Passionate nationalism, like Tchaikovsky’s for Russia, is a feature of Romantic art, music and late 1800’s art. Give an example of modern music (besides national anthems) that is characterized by nationalism.
  2. For week 6 your person of the week choices are between Emerson and Thoreau, American writers and philosophers (Transcendentalism) and Manet, Monet, Morisot, Renoir or Degas, artists who broke new ground in France with their painting techniques.  Look at the pictures and information in our text and online and then choose the one person you feel is most important.  Give us some details about your person and a picture to support your decision!

HUM 112 Week 7 Discussion STR

Monuments and Person of the Week.

Please answer both questions using information in our text and online sources as needed.

  1. Describe a contemporary monument in your city or in local area.  Tell us the special significance it holds for the citizens of the city where it was erected.  Compare this monument to the Eiffel Tower in Paris:  should it keep the original design and structure, like the Tower, or be updated?
  2. Person of the Week for week 7: This week your choices are between several important artists whose works were groundbreaking and influential enough to create different art movements: Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh, or Georges Seurat (Post-Impressionism) and Pablo Picasso (Cubism).  Who is the most important artist, in your opinion, and why? Support your choice with facts from the text and a picture.  Provide the link to the website with your reply.

HUM 112 Week 8 Discussion STR

Week 8 Discussion  WWI Poetry and Harlem Renaissance Writers and Artists

Here is a link to the First World War Digital Poetry Archive, which features different WWI poets with their biographies and original works.  Use this for information on your post.  Please respond to both of the following questions below.

  • While the idea of the soldier-poet may seem unlikely, the devastating effects of technological warfare during WWI produced memorable poetry. Pick one poem in our text or from a web source and describe the message the soldier-poet tries to convey, citing a few lines in your post.  Chose a poem not selected by another classmate.
  • Of the various authors, artists, and musicians who participated in the Harlem Renaissance, identify the person whose autograph you would most want, and explain the reasons why. Provide one (1) example that illustrates the reason you selected the person that you did.  Do not select someone a classmate has already chosen.

Harlem Renaissance

HUM 112 Week 9 Discussion STR

Week 9 Public Works and Pop Art and Consumerism

Please respond to all of the following questions, using sources online or your text as the basis of your response (you will enjoy these topics, so take time to post on all of them!):

  • Describe two or three elements of Hamilton’s collage, Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing? that you find intriguing, offensive, or humorous and explain why.
  • What current items you would include if you created a 21st-century collage like Hamilton’s, where would you display this work, and how much would you charge if you were to sell it?
  • Take this interactive quiz about the value of modern art paintings at auction today.  How many were you able to correctly value?  Would you put any of these painters or paintings in your own Museum or hang them in your own home (why or why not)?


HUM 112 Week 10 Discussion STR

Twentieth Century African-American Artists; Post-modern Architecture

Please respond to one (1) of the following, using sources under the Explore heading as the basis of your response:

  • Choose two (2) of the following late 20th century African-American artists, and compare and contrast their art: Bearden, Lawrence, Basquiat, or Colescott. Describe specific elements of the works from the chosen artists that represent the multiplicity of the African-American experience. Identify one (1) of these works (or some other by an African American artist) that you would like in your workplace, and explain why.
  • Choose one (1) example of architecture that you believe best exemplifies the characteristic post-modern style. Provide a rationale for your selection, and describe two (2) of the features of post-modern style that you find intriguing.

HUM 112 Week 11 Discussion STR

Week 11 Reflection

Reflection”  Please answer all of the following for week 11:

  • Describe three (3) things that you learned in the course that surprised, confused, or intrigued you, and explain the reasons why.  What did you like most about the class?  The weekly discussion topics?   The assignments?
  • Write 7-8 sentences about your cultural event experience for Assignment 3.  Tell us about the museum you visited or the one you created:  what artists did you like and what did you learn about art this quarter?


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