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Lesson Plans

Re: Teaching 'Culture'

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Russell J Rosener (rrosener)
Sun, 23 Jun 1996 13:31:00 -0500 (CDT)

One of the most valuable things I learned at grad school was not how to
teach, nor what to teach, but to ask myself how to approach a specific
topic and organize a class around my response to culture and art. Ask
yourself what you think is important about culture and art. You may
surprise yourself. Just jot down ideas, they don't have to be
chronological. Later you can draw connections and sort through what you've

Most responses you've gotten so far have been good, but I would caution
you to avoid post-modern dogma unless that is your agenda. It can be
extremely confusing and irrelevant to those untutored in the jargon. I
would simply bring in media images for students to look at and
de-construct on their own terms, rather than have them mediated by a
big-time artist's viewpoint.The average person has a surprisingly
good ability to "read" the images we are constantly bombarded with.

Russ Rosener
Washington University