When I signed up for the Speech Foundations class I’m taking right now, I assumed it would be lame. It’s a whole semester worth of one class packed into one month. I thought there would be a lot of work, a lot of speaking, and… I mean just what can you really do in a speech class that’s interesting?
Well, thankfully I was wrong. The way the Professor runs the class, with multiple group and class activities, seeing each other for 2.5 hours a day, we all got to know each other pretty quickly and I find myself looking forward to going. Every day the professor has a different set of activities for us, which often call on individuals in the class to put forward personal opinions which in turn stimulates a debate. Thankfully it’s all polite debate. Thankfully the class has a wide range of opinions, which keeps things interesting. The time goes by pretty quickly.
Somehow, we seem to find ourselves discussing religion quite a bit. I think it’s because we have Christians, Jews and Muslims all in the class together. It’s turning into a real learning opportunity. I learned from a Jewish girl that it’s not kosher to eat a cheeseburger, because it’s like bathing a dead baby cow (the meat) in the mother’s milk (the cheese), which, when you think about it, is pretty gruesome. I got to tell a guy from Turkey that the US wasn’t the first nation to import slaves. I met a guy whose grandmother escaped from the Nazis during WWII. I met a guy from Morocco. I met a girl that sings Jazz and is studying music.
I think what I like most about the class, though, is that it’s turning out to be a great place where we can all get together and bounce ideas around, from the history of Jazz to the treatment of women in Islam, and it’s all cool. No one freaks out. Not yet at least. I think I’ll actually be sad when this class ends, the same way I was a little disappointed when my World Humanities and Art History classes ended last semester. I’m looking forward to taking World Civ next month though. That should be pretty cool.
Anyway, expect a nifty update about how Jazz influenced the civil rights movement in the US in the next few days. It’s part of a group presentation project I’m working on for my ‘informative’ speech. For my ‘ceremonial’ speech, I wrote a fictional speech by Creon, celebrating the 5th anniversary of Thebes being liberated from the Sphinx. I’m considering posting that too.