Class today covered a lot of ground, all of it intended to talk about aspects of “Home.” Content included George Carlin’s performance about baseball and football, a clip from the film The Wizard of Oz, the history of Western Michigan University, and the City of Kalamazoo, and ‘lost’ buildings including East Campus, Penn Station, NYC, and the World Trade Center Twin Towers – this last subject understood in part, by learning about Phillipe Petit’s historic crossing between the towers, on a wire.
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In class we talked about the journey Dorothy makes and it’s potential meanings. And we discussed differences between how the adults in her life viewed her journey. Using this as a starting point, what can you say about other journeys you may have insight into? This could be a personal journey, or the story of someone whose story has moved or inspired you.
What surprised you about the history of WMU? Have you explored downtown Kalamazoo?
Why is it that for the most part, buildings constructed today are not built to last for centuries, the way the Greeks and Romans made their buildings?
Talk about the destruction of either East Campus, or Penn Station, or the Twin Towers. What can we learn from these events?
Compare the life journeys of artists you have learned about in class this semester. What aspects of their stories most deeply resonate for you?
Talk about any other facet of class today.
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