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Uninvited Guest coursework

The wind was howling as I shut the window of the hut I was living in. "Poof" I said "lucky the hut didn't fall off". I was scared and hungry. My mother and father had gone to sell the meager amount of crops we had managed to ravage from the storm three weeks ago. Last week the storm had subsided down to a slight breeze allowing my parents to grasp the opportunity and go to sell the harvest. Our hut was located 5miles south of a small town and my parents had to go 55miles to get to the market which sold meat and bought vegetables. We needed the meat for the upcoming winter. I got to my feet and surveyed...

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Different Types of Culture

High Culture Linked with the elite, upper class society, those families and individuals with an ascribed status position. It is often associated with the arts such as opera, ballet and classical music, sports such as polo and lacrosse, and leisure pursuits such as hunting and shooting. Clearly, high  culture is associated with a small elite in society, who, it is argued, operate a system of social closure – not allowing entry to ‘outsiders’ – thus ensuring that high culture maintains its elite and exclusive position. Cultural Diversity A concept relating to culturally embedded differences within society, it’s the fact that different cultures exist alongside each other E.g. lesbians, chavs etc. Thereby it is any group that has something in common. Subculture Culture enjoyed by a...

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Characterisitcs of Orientalism Prejudice

The terms Muslims and Arabs are two unique demographic identifiers. A Muslim, also spelled Moslem, is the Islamic faith, a monotheistic Abrahamic religion that is based on the Qur'an. There are many Muslims who are not Arabs - there are Muslim Indonesians, Muslim Chinese, and Muslim Americans. Arabs are an ethnic group of people who speak the Arabic language, and follow different religions. Many are Muslims, but some are Christians. Arab people are also known as Arabs and primarily live in the Arab World, which is located in Western Asia or North Africa. They are identified as such on one or more of genealogical, linguistic, or cultural grounds, with tribal affiliations, and intra- tribal relationships playing an important part of Arab...

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Art Patrons Webquest

History plays an essential role in the shaping and transformation in our everyday lives. It tells about one’s existence, or helps in tracing back to past events to lead to be. A comparable example would be of an individual trying to trace back to his/her great grandparents generations ago, to their existence today. In the art culture, that exact principle is followed, and is led by patrons who then paved the way to the ever transforming landscape. A patron is a person who supports with money or gifts. Prior to the modern era of artists, a patron is said to be someone who usually entered into a contract with someone for a specific service or product that he/she would like....

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Virtual tour of Washington DC area

Both the Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery are located on the National Mall between the Capitol and Washington Monument. The hours of operation are 10.00 am to 5.30 pm except on December 25 and admission is free.Charles Lang Freer, the founder of the Freer Gallery of art expressed his enthusiasm by “I am over my head in love with India” after his first visit to the subcontinent. As I casually browsed the Freer Gallery, the beautifully decorated image of Buddha caught my attention. Also, on display were other masterpieces of Mughal and Rajput paintings along with richly decorated court arts and daggers used by Mughal emperors. I can clearly relate to this period of history because I am of Indian...

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Film vs. Literature

Filed under: Culture During the PEN International Voices Festival last night, author and former PEN American Center president Francine Prose met with four writers to discuss the relationship between novels and films in a panel titled Adaptation: From Page to Screen. Each panelist has had one of their novels turned into a movie: French writer Philippe Dijian with “Betty Blue,” Belgian writer and filmmaker Jean-Philippe Toussaint with “La Salle de bain,” American novelist Barry Gifford with “Wild at Heart,” and American writer Richard Price with “Clockers.” Of the four panelists, only Toussaint considered himself to be both a writer and filmmaker. The rest identified themselves solely as novelists. Dijan spoke first. He expressed a pessimistic view about the future of novels, saying...

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Japanese art influences

How could this transition of an isolated culture to one that embraced the cultural, economic and technological achievements of the West effect its art scene? The transition of an isolated culture to one that embraced the West significantly affected its art scene. Japanese artists have been influenced heavily influenced by Western art and practices, just as oppositely, Western artists have been influence by Japanese art and practice. The famous woodblock print, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” 1829-32 exemplifies a western influence on Japanese art. Hokusai utilises the dwarfing wave over small, vulnerable ships to symbolise the Japanese art swayed by a strong western influence. Similarly Yoshitoshi, in “looking as if she is enjoying a stroll: a lady of the Meiji era”...

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The Marshall Museum of art case

Marshall Museum must figure out a way to reverse their deteriorating financial condition so that they can continue to provide an inviting setting for the appreciation of art. Marshall Museum of Art is located approximately six blocks from the museum"s previous site and offers extensive parking availability and access through public transportation. This suggests that the museum is in a prime location, which does not inconvenience the museum"s current members. Also, it is easily accessible by most of the public, regardless of age. Adults and students who do not drive can still get there with great ease and seniors ride public transportation for free, which makes it convenient for them as well. One of the museum"s greatest strengths is that their new...

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Christian Liberal Arts Education

The education system in America has slowly become narrow and less based upon the liberal arts. Rarely does a person enrolled in a school that will challenge them academically and spiritually. Universities are often only concerned in the employment percentage of their graduating class, and not their students’ mental well-being or whether or not they were personally changed during their time on campus. Liberal arts colleges are much more invested in their students and the teachers make an impact on the students. The universities of higher learning that tend to the mental, physical, and spiritual states of their students in the most holistic manner are Christian liberal arts colleges. Built on the ideas of Socrates and Plato, all liberal arts colleges...

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