1. What was the reasoning for lowering acedemic standards in the Untied States? What can the U.S. learn from other countries?

2. Homosexuals are not allowed to marry one another because of a law that is based on the Bible. One of our rights a citizen of the U.S. is to be able to chose our own religion. If some homosexuals are not religious but still have to follow a reilgous based law, wouldn't that be against one of their constitutional rights?

3. Why is a large amount of the world starving and why is a large amount of the world obese?

Posted at 6:06 PM by Emily Stewart

a. The Bruce Islands was a slave trading post that Europeans bought, sold and shipped their slaves to the America.

b. Edward Hopper is an American Artist. He painted Nighthawks, a painting we saw at the art museum in Chicago.

c.Telemann was a German composer of a wide variety of music.

d.Kumbha Mela is a pligrimage that people of the hindu faith do atleast four times every twelve years

e. The Great Rift is a valley located in Africa.

f. A savanna is a flat grassland generally found in tropical and sub-tropical regions.

g.Porte de L'Afrique is a port into Africa.

h. Irigation, a form of writing, and a more productive agriculture.

1. I agree with historians and geographers and how they say that different cultures can be understood through their art. For example buddist do not worship only one god and it shows through their art work. As soon as you walked into the Asian art exhibit there were four different statues all representing something different. Two of them were protection and tranquilty. They also showed us several different forms of the god, ganesh. This shows that each god means something different to each individual.

2. I think art is a reflection of a society's fundamental beliefs and actions because art is a way to express how you feel about something that is very dear to you. Many people paint or sculpt things that have a lot of meaning to them. They are not going to go out and paint a picture of the sun if it beautiful before they are going to go paint a picture of the sun that means something to their culture. People learned a long time ago, that the only way that people are going to remember things is if they are still present in years to come.

Posted at 4:49 PM by Emily Stewart

3 Questions


1) How could having sex with a toddler help cure HIV/AIDS?
2) If religions believe in the same God, why are people having religious wars?
3) If the United States is 40th in innovation, what are all the other countries that are ahead of us?

Posted at 12:06 PM by Chaz Dial

A Test


A. What was the importance (or infamy) of Bunce Island? Bunce Island was one of many slave castles built during the Atlantic Slave Trade by Europeans along the West coast of Africa. It provided most of the slaves used to produce corn in South Carolina and Georgia in the 1700s. Many times, it was attacked by pirates and became an ideal target for war times.

B. Who was Edward Hopper and why was he important? Edward Hopper, the creator of one of my favorite pieces in the Chicago Art Institute, Nighthawks, is a famous American artist focusing in painting and printmaking. His work is revered throughout the world and is influential in pop culture in various cartoons and even on That 70s Show.

C. Who was Telemann? Telemann was the composer for one of the pieces our class had the opportunity to hear at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He was named the most prolific composer of all time by the Guinness Book of World Records.

D. What was India's Great Kumbha Mela Pilgrimage? It is a mass Hindu pilgrimage which takes place four times every twelve years to one of four locations. The locations rotate by year. The main event is a ritual bath, but there are also feasts, songs, and assemblies. Millions of people attend this pilgrimage in one day.

E. What is the Great Rift? It is a 6,000 kilometer long trench located in Northeast Africa. The term refers to a rift of tectonic plates along Africa's coast which is splitting the African Plate in two.

F. What's a savanna? A savanna is a type of ecosystem in which trees are scattered and separated. It has one rainy season and is usually located between a forest and desert.

G. What is Porte de L'Afrique? Porte de L'Afrique is a port from France into Africa of which Roger Broders created a famous poster.

H. Identify 3 ingenius innovations of the people of MesoAmerica. 1. Agriculture - corn, tiering, canals2. Governing structure3. Creation of roadways

Discuss in correct grammatical prose two of the following: 1. Anthropologists, cultural historians, geographers, and archeologists often look to the arts and mores of countries as a clue to the behavior, beliefs and practice of a people. Use your first-hand experience these four days to discuss. Example: Buddhist/Hindu art/sculpture as reflective of society - religion, culture, etc. 2. How do you think art is a reflection of a society's fundamental beliefs and actions? Reference your experience at the Art Institute, the Islamic Center, the Spertus Museum and the DuSable Museum? 3. What has to happen in Africa ala environment, political stability, agriculture, wildlife, etc. To (think globally) begin solving some of the problems of the world community. Reference the work of Wangari Maathai, the scientists referenced at the Field Museum, the Great Rift Valley, Nelson Mandela, etc. 4. What "thoughts" have you had from the remarks of Reza Aslan and his description of the complexity of working with Islamic/Muslim/Arab nations? How are the "pressure groups" different ala Aslan and what conclusions have you made about the Middle East situation ala Aslan? "What does it mean to you?"

1. One of the most helpful things anyone said to our group throughout our trip came from my least favorite docent. At the DuSable Museum of African American History, in the art gallery area, our docent taught us how to view art objectively and subjectively. He said to: (1) look at the artist's name; (2) look at the year it was created; and (3) look at the artwork. I wish we had heard this piece of advice prior to our visits to the Art Institute and Spertus Museum - possibly even the Chicago Symphony. The most prominent works that come to mind in which we analyzed are the many by the same artist at the Spertus Museum. Watching the trends in his work from after the Holocaust brings the viewer to understand how the entire Jewish community felt at that time.

4. I almost completely agreed with Reza Aslan, our enthusiastic speaker for the evening at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs lecture series. His ideas for working towards a better relationship with Islamic nations was enthralling. He believes that, on the issue of Palestine, "Obama gets an F because he set the bar too high and now Israel wears the pants in its relationship with America." We need to allow third world Muslim countires to take part in politics on their own so they have the opportunity to fail. America can't keep helping them. The terms Aslan used repeatedly were nationalists, transnationalists, and jihadists. These terms can be defined as follows:
Nationalists: groups working toward a national structureTransnationalists: groups working toward destroying all governmental structure to create a New World OrderJihadists: transnationalist groups using brutal, ususual force to destroy their opposition
His definitions, although they clashed with Dr. Ali's and Dr. Abbott's, were helpful during his speech. I have come to the conclusion that the United States needs to pull out of the Middle East situtation at a decent rate and allow those countries to come up with their own structure that works for them. If they do fail, assist the country by not allowing the transnationalists and jihadists to take over and throw away all of the work accomplished.

Posted at 12:01 PM by Sam Kheim

Test 2


Bunce Island was a west African island that was huge in the slave trade with the americas

Edward Hopper was a realist who painted life in America

Telemann was composer who wrote his masterpeices using a wide variety of styles

Kumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgramige held ever 4 years

The great rift vally is over 3,500 miles long and runs from northern Asia to East Africa

a savvanna is located in tropic or sub tropic regoins there are glrass lands with little no no hills

Port de L'Afrique conects france to Africa

1. government. 2. farming. 3. weapons for war and hunting

2. Art is huge in the way of society and how the artist represents his art is how he is feeling toward things around him. As we saw in the art museum along with the desovo museum many of the artist painted things that showed them or ment something thing to them at that time in their lifes or the history of their country and there society. As we saw in the Islamic center God is a huge part of their society so the wall painted with almost 100 names of god showed how important god is to them. Art is a gate way to see how people at a time in history think abput their society.

4. Going to Reza Aslan's speech about the middle east and the problems there was a really treat. he talked about pressure groups and how not all groups want global domination and these are the groups we need to focuse on becasue they are willing to talk were as the groups that want total global domination can not be talked to. i thought he had some great points and was a brave soul to walk into Chicago and do a little Obama bashing on his middle east plans. over all i though Mr. Aslan was very good, hearing him talked made me think that maybe with the right people in office we can stop the violence in the middle east, and getting those people in to office is our job as a nation

Posted at 11:55 AM by James Davis

Round 2


a. Bunce Island was the largest British slave castle founded around 1670 on the coast of West Africa. It is now a landmark for the African slave trade because it was home base for traders to imprison thousands of Africans before they were sent to America. Because of their experience of growing rice in West Africa, these slaves were traded to plantation owners in the South to apply their knowledge. b. Edward Hopper was a Famous American artist at a time in art history when we were trying to find our style. He is most famous for his genre scenes because they perfectly depict classic America. He was innovative and created paintings that were not offensive and appealed to everyone. Hopper is most famous for “Nighthawks,” painted in 1942. c. Georg Telemann is a famous German composer who’s work we heard at the Chicago Symphony. He composed hundreds of pieces throughout his lifetime, many of them famous. d. The Kumbh Mela is the largest and most sacred pilgrimage in the world that occurs four times every twelve years. Each location is near a river where ritual bathing, religious discussions, devotional singing, and the mass feeding of holy men, women, and the poor take place. e. The great rift is 3,700 miles long and stretches from Syria in Southwest Asia to central Mozambique in East Africa. Because it is continuously moving, it could result in the continent of Africa to split. f. A savanna is flat grassland found in both tropical and subtropical regions. They are considered to be transitional places between dessert and forest. g. The Porte de L’Afrique, the gateway to Africa, is a famous poster advertising this port located in Marseille, France. This port bridges the gap between France and Africa. h. Mesoamerica Innovations: 1. Roadways and Canals 2. Irrigation Systems 3. Non-toxic ceramics #2. Art absolutely is, and has always been a reflection of society ever since the beginning of time. Much of the art we saw in the Chinese, Indian, and African galleries at the Art Institute were idols and sculptures placed in society for people to pray to or ask for healing. Many of the Chinese and Indian sculptures were gods and warriors that could be placed in someone’s home to bring good fortune or ward off evil spirits from their families. All of these ancient relics were purely culturally and religiously-based, and they tell a story of a particular time in world history. The wonderful thing about art is that it appeals to people from all walks of life. At the Dusable Museum, the first thing we saw was a huge wooden mural entitled “Freedom Now.” This piece transcended time throughout African American history, from pre-slave trade to the civil rights movement. It showed the fundamental beliefs of not only the African culture, but also the counter culture they were exposed to throughout history. Our tour guide there gave us some advice when viewing art. He told us to first look at the artist’s name, then the time period in which it was created, and then lastly the title of the work. Although I do not always apply it, this technique definitely helps the viewer determine what the artist was thinking when they created their work because society and world issues are clearly represented in art whether it is intentional or not. Our tour guide at the Spertus museum continuously repeated the theme of their art exhibition, “What does it mean to you?” Each series was a clear reflection of how history and culture directly impacted each Jewish artist. I thought this theme was interesting because it is totally open to interpretation by both the artist and viewer, just as the Torah is taught to be questioned. Hypothetically, you can consider just about anything in the world art as long as it means something to the artist or touches the viewer in a way, shape, or form. When we saw the Camp Grenada board game, it instantly triggered a childhood memory for Dr. Scherer, and that is what art is all about. #4. Although I didn’t exactly understand everything Reza Azlan had to say in his lecture on God and globalization in the Middle East, he did command my attention and make me contemplate about our current situation. One of his pain points, which we all learned in kindergarten, was that words do in fact matter. Azlan kind of ragged on president O’Bama, but he did acknowledge that he has created a “sea change” in many Islamic young people thus far in his term. Also, O’Bama recognizes that we are dealing with groups and organizations with no single ideology. Religious nationalism is a global phenomenon. All that Islam wants stops at the borders of historical Palestine, and Jihadists want the world. In reality, there is no way that these terrorists will destroy all state structures and rule the world under one single world order, but Azlan thinks that we are definitely letting them take a crack at it. I’m just glad that the world is not up for negotiation.

Posted at 11:54 AM by Bekah Mathiesen



1. It was the base for Eurpoean Slave Trade.

2. He was an American realist painter. His work reflected his veiws on modern America

3. Georg Phililpp Telemann was a German music composer and mulit insturmentalist, and he was self-taught.

4. It happens every twelve years, and it rotates around four locations.

5. Its a molecular dust cloud located between solar systems.

6. It is a grass land ecosystem.


8. a. Corn.
b. Government system.
c. development of tools.

2. Art is the major idem that represents the fundamental beliefs in a culture. Every museum we when to it showed that. The art that depiced there gods and showed what people were thought to need in the next life was unbleiveable.

Posted at 11:35 AM by Kyle Haeberlin