Interview with a Humanities Professional
If you are unable to go to a cultural venue for any reason,
this is a good option to choose since you can conduct your interview in person, through video
conferencing or through email. Or, this might be a good option for you if you already know of
someone to interview or are interested in a one-on-one conversation.
For this option, conduct an
interview with a professional who does something in the Humanities. (see instructions attached)
Examples of people to interview for this assignment might include:
local religious leaders that are not the same religion as you if you practice, such as the imam of a mosque, a rabbi of a synagogue, a priest from a Hindu temple.
a local professor in a Humanities field
a local visual artist, musician, or member of a band who is somewhat well known
the curator of a local art museum or the archivist at an art museum
the educational outreach coordinator or the director of a local community arts center
• a local published author or book illustrator
a director from a local theater, a member of a local improv group, or an actor who performs regularly in community theater productions
When you have a conversation with this person, you can ask specific questions, or you can let the conversation itself lead you to the questions you want to ask. Try to focus, however, on talking about the field of the Humanities the person is in and what they do, and try to learn something new.
Using information from your interview, write a 850-1000 word report that summarizes what you learned during your interview. Do not turn in a transcript of the interview.
Please try to keep your paper to 1000 words or less.
Your report should include the following.
Name and position of the person. If they are not comfortable providing this, please state this and provide some general background information about the person instead.
A description of the person’s connection to the Humanities–what are they (author, priest, director, artist etc.) including how long they have been involved with the Humanities, their training (if any) and how they got involved with the Humanities.
A description of one aspect of the interview that you found especially interesting. This is going to come from the conversation you have and the questions you ask. For example, you might write a particular piece of work by this person that struck you if they are an artist. You might write about the person’s responsibilities as an art museum curator. You might talk about the challenges of a religious leader’s responsibilities of working with many kinds of people.
A specific connection between something you learned in the interview to one specific piece of information from the class. For example, if you spoke to the lighting director of a community theater, you may have learned how they use colored lights on the stage. Then you can connect this to some of the information about color theory in the resources on Visual Arts.
Highlight the connection you are making between your interview and the course material by underlining or bolding a small part of the section where you are making your connection.
Include a quote or paraphrase from the learning resources for the information you are using from class to connect to the interview.
A reflection on the relevance of your interview experience to your everyday life, to the community or locality, or to Humanities in general. Think about how the experience engaged your feelings or emotions, how the experience taught you something you really didn’t know about the Humanities, and how the experience showed you the relevance of the Humanities in the world. You can also consider what this interview informed you about yourself and human beings in general.
In text citations as needed and a bibliography with MLA citations for any references you used.
One of your bibliography entries should be for the interview itself.