HUMN 100 University of Maryla

For your report, choose one virtual venue from this pre-approved list that most interests you.  If your choice below has both a website and a video, make sure you examine both. 

Please watch the entire performance or thoroughly explore the venue you choose.  



The Importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

NEW MA by Dora Dee Hunter 

Watch a full performance of one of the plays on this list of full length plays available on Youtube. 

Watch a full performance of a Broadway musical that is available for streaming on various paid services. A list is available here: 


Author interviews 

Poetry Readings

Poetry Festivals, Slams and Spoken Word 


Watch an entire DVD/Blue Ray film with the “audio commentary” special feature as long as the commentary is by or includes the director or a film historian/expert, not just the actors/actresses or commercial film critics. 

Examples of a few films on DVD/Blue Ray with director’s commentary: 

  • Get Out, commentary by Jordan Peele 
  • Lord of the Rings films, commentary by Peter Jackson 
  • Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, GoodFellas, commentary by Martin Scorsese 
  • Pan’s Labyrinth, commentary by Guillermo Del Toro  
  • Das Boot, commentary by Stephen Spielberg 
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets, commentary by Jon Turteltaub  

A list of older films with DVD/Audio commentary is available here, just make sure you are listening to directors and film experts: 

Listen to a director’s commentary on a film on this podcast: Watching With… NetFlix:


Write a report after you have explored or viewed the online resource. 

Your report should include the following information. Include photos or links that help convey the information. As always, be sure to document all sources you consult in preparing your work. This includes any learning resources from the class, or information from the websites that informed you about the particular item you explored. 

  • Name and location of event or name and director of the film, writer’s name etc. If there is on-line information about what you viewed, be sure to include a link to it within the text of your essay in an appropriate place.  
  • Type of event. For example is it a film, ritual, service, ceremony, poetry reading, festival, author interview etc. Make sure to include the name of the authors, directors, producers, speakers, author of your favorite poem (if poetry festival or event).  
  • Briefly describe the general setting by talking a bit about the location (you can research the location online) and the general overall “vibe” of the place or places viewed. 
  • Describe at least one aspect of what you viewed that you found especially interesting. For example, you might write about the different ways the same ritual is conducted by different groups, a poem you really liked from the reading or poetry festival, something an author or direct said that really struck you. Explain what impressed or affected you, and why. Your reaction can be positive or negative, as long as you offer an explanation. 
  • Identify and use at least two tools, concepts or methods that you have learned about in this class in the Learning Resources to talk about your viewing. For example, if you view a director’s commentary, you might point out what the director says about lighting or the set, or if you view to a ritual, talk about the myth the ritual is based on, or if you watch a spoken word or poetry reading, you can talk about specific literary language or imagery. Make sure you are explicit in identifying the tools/concept/methods you are using and the specific learning resources they come from. Be sure to inform the reader about the tool/concept/method through a quote or paraphrase from the learning resource. Then, make sure to tell the reader how you interpret and/or analyze some elements of what you experience with the tools.  
  • Reflect on the relevance–if any–of your viewing to your everyday life.  How did the experience engage your feelings or emotions, if at all? What does this tell you about human culture, and/or about yourself? 

STOP: Before you hand in your assignment, ask yourself the following questions:  

  1. Have I clearly provided identifying information about what I viewed in terms of who was involved and where it took place and provided the URL, if applicable? Have I done what I could to describe the setting and/or vibe? 
  2. Have I identified and explained an especially interesting aspect of the experience and used examples to illustrate reflections and to explain why this aspect was interesting? 
  3. Have I identified and applied two tools, concepts or methods of interpretation from learning resources to concrete and specific examples from visit? 
  4. Have I used examples to clearly explain the relevance of my visit to at least one of the following: 1) emotion 2) human culture 3) self-identity 4) cultural identity? 

HUMN 100 University of Maryla

choose a subject, find three expressions of that subject in three different Humanities disciplines, describe the three different presentations, and offer an analysis of each of your choices.


The purpose of this assignment is to apply the concepts and skills you have learned during the semester for how to analyze works within the Humanities. 


This assignment will help you practice the following skills that will be useful to you in your professional and personal life beyond school.

Research, select, and describe appropriate examples

Organize materials around a specific theme

Use concepts and skills learned in class to develop analytical skills

Use appropriate and proper grammar, organization, and academic-style formatting in order to communicate


This assignment will help you become familiar with the following important content knowledge in the Humanities.

  1. Available online resources which contain examples of works in the Humanities
  2. Methods of analysis and interpretation within the Humanities
  3. Part 1: Selection of Topic. 
  4. This part of the final project is your choice of topic. 

Choose one of the following subjects or propose one of your own.

One particular emotion or state of mind such as anger, jealousy, fear, gratitude, confusion, etc.

One specific fairy tale, myth, fable, or classic story from any culture

One religious or spiritual lesson or belief such as humility, hope, enlightenment, renunciation, reincarnation, the Trinity, the eight-fold path, ahimsa (non-violence), etc.

  1. One political or social theme such as social justice or injustice, social inequality, social progress, political conflict, etc.
  2. One form of cultural/societal identity such as race, sexual-orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, or class, or you could combine two of these such as “black women,” or “Chinese-American fathers,” or “LGBTQ Native-Americans.”

A specific fictional character such as a character from a novel, play or film or a specific public personality such as a news anchor, a religious leader etc. 

One natural force or element of the natural world, like a kind of weather (snow, rain, sun), an animal (cat, dog, horse), a kind of landscape (mountain, oceanic, desert), vegetation (trees, flowers, grass, rivers etc.).

Explain two reasons for your choice in a short paragraph of 4-5 sentences. Be sure to include the significance of your choice to your own thinking about the world and/or its cultural significance

Part 2: Development of your Topic.  

  • This part of the final project is a summary of your ongoing work on the final paper; it should include three paragraphs, one covering each selected work. You should also make sure to re-state what your subject is.
  • Identify how the subject you chose in Part 1 appears in three different works, each from a different Humanities discipline (visual art, music, dance, poetry, prose, theater, film, religion). For instance, you could choose a poem, a painting and a scene from a film, all of which express and represent the theme of anger. Or, to be even more specific, if you choose the emotion of “love,” the final paper could analyze and discuss love as it is expressed in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 147 (literature), Boticelli’s Birth of Venus (visual art), and in the ballet Swan Lake (dance).
  • Write one short paragraph (3-5 sentences) about each of your selections in which you:
  • Choose reliable and appropriate examples (a good-quality image, recording, video, etc.).  
  • Identify and cite the source, including the artist, creator etc as well as where you found the example.
  • Explain why you find the example relevant for this assignment and mention one tool from the class materials and discussions you might be able to use to talk about it.
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