You have received an invitation that says the following: The Association of Bellicose Warriors cordially invites you to be the keynote speaker at our annual conference. The theme this year is. “War: Is it Good or Bad?” Our planning committee unanimously decided to tap you as our esteemed speaker. Name your fee. We are willing to pay whatever it costs to bring you here. Moreover, you will be staying at the most exclusive resort in a suite that is adjacent to the pool and spa.
Reply to the invitation as if you are Socrates. If you have questions to ask the committee, ask them in your letter. If you have an idea about how you might address the conference topic, include that. Even if you refuse the invitation, you must provide details and reasons (in a Socratic approach) that defends your response. Your response should reflect insights into the Apology and Socrates’ principles.
Prompt #2: Do an image search to find a picture of Norman Rockwell’s illustration, “Freedom of Speech.” Make sure you take a close look at the clear image of the picture. Write an essay that compares the main figure in the painting to one of the characters or people we have read about in HUM211 so far. In your essay address the following questions – How is the character/person from our reading similar to and different from the main figure in the painting? Make sure you include details from the reading about the character or person that demonstrate your understanding of the reading and the character. Also make sure you include enough details from the Rockwell illustration so a reader of your essay who has not seen the picture will be able to imagine what it looks like.
Prompt #3: Do a search on YouTube to find a film clip of “The Edifice” from the film, “Why Man Creates.” View the video as many times as you need to and write an essay that does the following: a) Provides a short summary of the video, including specific details so the reader pf your essay can imagine the video even without having seen it. b) Write an argument either for or against the idea of using “The Edifice” to begin the semester of HUM211. c) Make sure your argument makes connections between the video and specific readings and concepts from HUM211. You might take a close look at your assigned books, the syllabus, and the Course Calendar as you prepare to write your essay.
Prompt #4: The philosopher and theologian C.S. Lewis said, “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” What does the statement mean? How do the readings we have completed so far in HUM211 connect to this statement? What important things have you learned from the readings? Why are these things important? You do not have to mention every assigned reading, but do concentrate on more than one reading to make your case.