FLK 280 Short Essay

An Experience in Cultural Diversity


At some point during this semester you are required to participate in an activity outside your range of cultural experience.  (This must be a new cultural experience; you may not repeat past experiences nor write about past experiences for this assignment.)  Reflect and report on this experience following the guidelines below. 


Before choosing an activity, think about your cultural “comfort zone.”  Your comfort zone includes anywhere you feel normal and fit in: we tend to be more comfortable interacting in our own folk groups, less comfortable outside of them. This experience should place you outside of your cultural “comfort zone” so that you may experience a new folk group and culture. 


Briefly report on this experience: tell where you went and/or what you did and when you did it.  Explain why this cultural experience is new to you.  Describe your own pre-existing attitudes towards this culture.  Where did they come from?  What stereotypes exist about them?  Did your experiences challenge or support these stereotypes?  How so?  How did this experience influence your worldview?  You should also include any other relevant or notable observations. 


*Documentation is required.  As proof that you actually participated in this event you must provide some sort of evidence: a receipt, a photograph, a church program, etc.


*You must incorporate term/concepts in your report, minimum of three.


Here are some ideas for experiences you may wish to explore:          


You are NOT restricted to this list.  Students are strongly encouraged to come up with their own ideas for experiences that will challenge them culturally and intellectually.  However, ideas not listed here must be approved by me in advance.