P‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍lease write essay describing what inspires you about the fo

P‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍lease write essay describing what inspires you about the following 3 articles. (detailed assignment description below) Some background … In a recent conversation with some friends, professors elsewhere and in other fields, we were discussing Covid fatigue, returning to the classroom, the semester’s conclusion, and the need to refresh during intersession and the ever-present hunt for new forms of inspiration. Books, music, film, our own scholarship, hobbies rediscovered once grading concludes, or even a change of scenery were discussed with details about those books and such shared amongst us. “And awe?” one friend observed, and so we discussed the importance of “awe” and how really it was awe that led us to our current positions. Awe sustained the biologist, the art historian, and the anthropologist through years of graduate school, research, and fieldwork. Awe needs now to be rediscovered. Awe might be our most undervalued emotion. Here’s how to help children find it. Deborah Farmer Kris “Awe is what we feel when we encounter something vast, wondrous or beyond our ordinary frame of reference. It evokes a sense of mystery and wonder. And, given its documented benefits, awe might be our most overlooked, undervalued emotion. Sometimes, slightly reframing something can turn an everyday activity into a more healing one, particularly in this difficult time in history. ‘For our culture in this moment of climate crisis and stress and Covid, the most important message is, ‘How do I go find awe right around me, perhaps just by going on a walk?’” Keltner says, ‘Go out and find some awe on your walk. Get outside, pause, reflect, slow it down’” (Kris 2021). Thug Realism: Inhabiting Fantasy in Urban Tanzania Brad Weiss “From the most spectacular fantasies to the most mundane reveries, imagining the world as it is and as it might be‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍ seems to be a rapidly expanding form of activity. Such imaginative acts are now held to be relevant—indeed necessary—not only to such predictable endeavors as consumption and leisure but to fields as diverse as the construction of civil society, the production of biomedical knowledge, and nuclear proliferation. This move towards all things imagined has further been characterized by an important kind of reflexivity, as exploring the complexities of ‘imagined communities’ requires the exercise of the ‘ethnographic imagination’” (Weiss 2002:93). Your task … A few items I find awesome—resources that delight, bring joy, or repeatedly capture my imagination—have been attached or linked near this assignment. This includes the very short Washington Post piece on awe. I encourage you to peruse them. Then, think back to our readings, film viewings, and conversations from the semester to locate three awe-some moments. It could be a reading that introduced you to something new and which lingers on your mind. Or a film that was unsettling in a way causes you to return to it in quiet moments. Maybe a conversation from a particular class session was memorable. Consider whether there was a person to whom we were introduced or a concept, an idea, with which you connected. Reflect across the whole semester. Imagination is your only limit. Once you have secured these three examples, tell me their stories, provide details, and why they were meaningful for you. Aspire to authenticity. Be genuine. Your total page count should be about five double-spaced pages, and please include a Works Cited page as always. 3 articles: “Wanaina-How to Write about Africa” “Melly-Titanic tales of missing men” “Hodgson-“My Daughter… Belongs to the Government Now”- Marriage, Maasai and the Tanzanian State” Please let me know ‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍if you cannot locate these articles. I can send them.

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