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The Humanities Conference 2003

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Reenacting the Renaissance in Search of the Future: Towards an Assignment-based Curriculum for the 21st c. Multicultural Humanities Class

Dr Ann M. Moore.

Can the humanities curriculum help future world leaders develop more harmonious and respectful ways for the people of the earth to live together? This course invites HBCU students to examine the underlying assumptions of globalization that pair colonialism and world competition, patterns established and validated by 15th century European thought. Through study of other cultures, students seek the values and inherent commonalities in human civilization that foster more appropriate and sustainable strategies for cooperation and communication between peoples.

Across five centuries of global expansion and cultural interaction, students pay particular attention to the contributions of composers, philosophers, artists, writers and architects of African origin. Students become teachers through journal assignments and class projects addressing cross-cultural fertilization in movements such as the Harlem Renaissance, négritude, and syncretic religions such as Candomblé. Guest speakers--artists, composers and writers, discuss their use of multiple cultural influences. The University Museum's outstanding collections of Native American and African-American art supplement classroom materials. An architecture professor who will lead a study tour to Tanzania invites the students to examine city and building designs in Western and non-Western cultures in search of fresh approaches. Visual aids include filmed reinterpretations and reenactments of familiar works, such as a recent BBC OTHELLO, set as a power struggle in a modern British metropolitan police department, and MONSOON WEDDING, which reenacts A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM in post-colonial Bombay, both using Shakespeare to interpret global issues. As a final assignment, students present creative projects that demonstrate their answers to the questions informing the course.


Dr Ann M. Moore  (United States)
Asst. Prof. and Dir. International Programs
Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages
Hampton University

Ann M. Moore is Asst. Professor and Director of International Programs and at Hampton University, where she teaches French, Spanish and Humanities. She specializes in 17th century literature and has also published articles on study abroad.

  • Multicultural
  • Globalization
  • Renaissance
  • Curriculum

(30 min Conference Paper, English)