Cultural Diversity

HU 140 Cultural Diversity Unit 2 Template

Stereotypes: A Restorative Journey

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Create a mini speech to an audience of those who did or would stereotype you in the same way as well as those who did not. Start with a short explanation of the origin of the stereotype experience you had and how you dealt with it at the time. Next, move into how it made you feel and why you hope the audience changes the way they view stereotypes. Here are some questions to consider:

· What details of your experience are most important to help your audience see the problem in their assumptions?

· How might your reaction to the stereotype be the key to inspiring others who are targeted?

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Stereotype in Art

Click on the picture icon to the right and insert images of art (any visual representation) that reflects stereotype in some form. This can be obvious stereotype, or it can be subtle–maybe something only you see within the image. Click on the word “Text” and describe the stereotype you see. Explain why you think some people might miss or ignore the stereotype along with its impact on American culture. If necessary, reference the image on the References page.

Stereotype in Music and Dance

Go to YouTube and search for a video of a dance performance or musical performance that demonstrates stereotype either in the lyrics or in the performance (or both). Once you select your video, click on ‘share,’ then click on ’embed,’ and finally click on ‘copy’ found at the lower right.

Next, click inside the textbox below, then click on the “Insert” menu and select “Online Video” from the menu. Select the option where you ‘paste’ the embed code. If necessary, reference the video on the References page.

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Address the following questions:

1. Was the stereotype obvious to the audience in order to inspire an end to that stereotype or was it underlying and one many modern culture overlooks or ignores?

2. Did the stereotype set a tone or create tension within the song or performance? How might this educate the viewer on the power of stereotype?

3. What feelings or emotions did the song or performance bring to you directly? Did it change your perspective of the song or of the stereotype?

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The Power of Literature over Stereotype

Literature is an important tool in combating stereotypes. One example is the poet, Sylvia Plath, whose work changed how society viewed the mentally ill. Click on the link here and select one of her poems that best connects to you. In the textbox below address the following questions:

1. How does the poem you chose challenge the standard stereotype of the mentally ill?

2. What stereotypes is Plath addressing within the poem whether directly or indirectly?

3. How does Plath’s poem contribute to or challenge common stereotypes of women? Motherhood? Gender?

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Reflections

Now that you have had the opportunity to learn more about stereotype, please address the following to complete your Unit 2 template.

1. The word ‘stereotype’ brings out an immediate negative reaction as if there can be no positive outcome in terms of stereotypes. Have you ever learned a life lesson because you witnessed or experienced stereotype? Share how you turned a negative into a positive.

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2. Take a few moments to imagine your community with all stereotypes removed. A place where people are accepted and celebrated without divisions of any kind. Describe that community below.

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Reference page

Reference your video or any other sources used here.

Know me before you stereotype me

We all have experienced being the target of a stereotype of some form. Search Google images or create your own image of what it that feels like to be stereotyped.

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