This is my final blog post for Humanities Core and I will write about my experience throughout the year. During the fall quarter, I heard rumors about how difficult Humanities Core is and wanted to avoid the class as much as possible. Unfortunately, I am a humanities major which means I am forced to take the course.
During the fall quarter, I learned how to analyze images and paintings, which actually interested me. Being able to tell the story or meaning the artist was attempting to portray through the style of their work was somewhat mesmerizing for me. Being able to analyze an image was useful for me and my major, which requires me to find the meaning of films through there visuals.
When winter quarter came up I was excited to know that we would be learning about Inca and Spanish colonization because as a Latina I would be learning about my history. The winter theme about colonization also gave me a better understanding of the consequences and traumas from being colonized. I was able to read both sides and interpretations of Spanish colonization in South America. Going over Gandhi’s book was eye-opening to Eastern lifestyle and I was able to interpret Britain’s Orientalism in India because of what I learned during the fall quarter.
This spring got more specific with violence and power over specific races and nations. We started off discussing black people’s treatment during the start of the slave trade and now we are currently analyzing Middle Eastern nations and religion. At first, I was a little hesitant to purchase a ticket for the play, Poor Yella Rednecks, but after I watched it I was pleased that it was our assignment because having a live visual about what we were learning gave me a better understanding of the topic. Many students never get the opportunity to see a professional play and having the privilege to watch one was a memorable experience.
My favorite paper throughout Humanities Core has to be the oral history paper because I got to turn in a video instead of a paper. Finally, the class was interesting to me and even better I got to interview someone with who I can relate to. Going into this research project though has been a struggle for me because I didn’t know what to focus on as my artifact. Luckily, I was able to figure out a topic about social media and the pressures of it. I was hoping to create a video with this project as well, but I will probably stick with a paper.
This course is a lot tougher than expected and stays true to its rumors, but I have learned a lot of skills and techniques that will be necessary for the future. Having a variety of professors kept the class alive because they would have different forms of lecturing. I would encourage incoming freshmen to take the course because it covers a lot of GE’s and will give a true college classroom experience.
In class, we discussed if whether or not people should forget the past or move on. This brought up many interesting thoughts, that opened up my mind to more perspectives on monuments, memorials and holidays. For example, my Professor mentioned that memorials like the Holocaust ones not only recognize the victims, but also the Nazi’s. Does humanity need to acknowledge the horrific parts of our history, if so how do we do it only mentioning the victims and heroes?
Media often struggles with censoring the bad guy and the offender is often the headline in the news rather than the victims. This allows for the culprit to get their five minutes of fame, but we need to learn how to filter the news to not let this occur. People encourage never to mention the culprits’ name cause they do not matter and to only notice the victim or hero’s in events. When mass shootings occur in today’s media the news avoids mentioning the culprits’ name, which a new direction of news coverage.
There is a way to avoid any form of acknowledgment of the offenders, but that would require moving past the event. Forgetting the past is a conflicting problem because it would mean that the harm victims went through will never be noticed. I believe that people should acknowledge the event, but not dwell so much into it. By recognizing a horrific event one can learn not to repeat the same crimes or mistakes. History books teach us not to create another war because it can destroy the planet. Memorials are meant for the victims and heroes, but in some way, the offenders will also be recognized. This is not always a negative though since it teaches people not to repeat horrific events.
The film industry has many movies and shows about specific historical moments and their purpose is to recreate the events. Why recreate it? There is a debate about whether or not films teach history. Movies do tell stories, but the majority of them are fiction. The film industry uses traumatic history events to sell stories and these stories help the audience get visuals on what people experienced. Films also help the audience determine who are the bad guys, so is there really harm with having the offenders recognized as the antagonist. The criminal will always be remembered with hatred or stupidity instead of the glory they wanted.
Often with horrific events, there are mass victims and they are bundled up together as one identity instead of being acknowledged as individuals. For example, the Holocaust has many films made about it and they have footage of lifeless bodies or a pile of bodies, which takes away the soul and individualism of each victim. Memorials help add a face to the victims and is a form to pay respect to them. Therefore, memorials are created for the victims and not for the perpetrators. We should acknowledge that tragic events occurred, but we do not need to address the culprits, only what the victims endured.