Above are two photographs of the Paleolithic fertility figure we discussed on Monday.
I am sorry for the delay in getting this post on the blog. For this reason, this post will not close at the usual time (Sunday at 10 pm), but will stay open until Monday night at 10 pm. NOTE: that as of 10 pm on Tuesday night, this post is about 80% finished. You may begin to post comments. Tomorrow I will likely add a bit more, and I might make slight corrections to the text below. But go ahead now if you are ready! Prof. Paul Solomon
Like the class Faith, Beauty, and Iconography (FBI), Part I: In The Beginning, FBI Part II: “Ancestors, I ask for you guidance,” covered a LOT of ground. Class began, as is customary, with music that had a specific theme.
Question #1. What two songs, or perhaps three songs were ‘outliers?’ (a person or thing differing from all other members of a particular group or set. From Dictionary.com). We listened carefully to one song, and in the PM class, read the lyrics on screen at the same time. What now, is your ‘informed’ (more knowledgeable) understanding and opinion about the meaning of this song, and what qualities of this artist interest you?
Question #2: The “Introduction” section of the class dealt entirely about TWO major news stories, both of which closely relate to class content for this week, and last week. Address ONE of the two stories, and explain how that story relates to class content. Be as specific as you can be please. If you address the first story, explain why it is that a lot of people wore pink, knitted hats last weekend.
Question #3: Why was the Paleolithic fertility figure we looked at erroneously called The Venus of Willendrof? Explain. Now take a common misconception that relates to the reasons that women, men, and children marched this past weekend, and discuss that.
Question #4: Think back the various images we examined of Paleolithic era art. What are the three reasons discussed that might explain why people of that time period made this incredible paintings? Also tell us, WHY we think they are over-the-top great works of art.
Question #5: What world-class power dominated the Western world, about 2500 to 3,000 years ago? Describe the often enormous kinds of art they created to worship their gods, and consolidate the power of their rulers.
The above narrative, is an outline of class content on Monday. Missing from the above, are the topics, including specific words and phrases, and a lot of history about Western culture. Your job in this post is to blog about (write about), those words, phrases, and history and all of the meanings we discussed in relation to them. Please LIMIT your comments to 225 words. To receive any credit for your comment here, you must first find out the word count using Microsoft Word or another kind of word processing software. (NOTE: you can access Word from free, from WMU. If you need help, go to a computer lab, or contact the university Help desk. This is your responsibility.
So: when you post your comment, do as follows: First comes your first and last name. Then AM or PM. Then the word count, which will be a number that is at most 225, of course! We look forward to reading your responses. One last thing: BE CERTAIN that you use a dictionary or run a spell check BEFORE you post your comment. AND: beware that spell check can cause problems. If you misspell the work “definitely,” it might correct it to, for example, “defiantly.” That would create a problem that is as bad as misspelling the word “definitely.” Good Luck. I know you can do an excellent job as long as you are patient and take your time.
Prof. Paul Solomon
NOTE: Due to the technical difficulties posting this blog, it will remain open for comments until Tuesday, January 30 at 11:59pm.