UW Passport Assingment- Social

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Yesterday, November 2nd, I attended a lecture by Juan de Marcos. This lecture, which is part of a series, was titled “European Influence on Cuban Popular Music.”

This was an interesting lecture to say the least. He discussed the different types of music in Spain, how they sounded (which instruments, what beats, what tempo, what stanzas, what vocals, etc) and how they compared with traditional and modern Cuban music.

This assignment was completely different than the other two events that I had attended. Both the Org Fair and the Majors Fair were a similar setup- many stands with many students in a relaxed but crowded atmosphere. This lecture, which took place in Memorial Union, was almost the opposite. Only 15 or so other people were in the stands. Most of the people looked to be upwards of 40 years old, and were probably full residents of Madison. The atmosphere was relaxed, but extremely quiet and adult-like. I would compare it to the atmosphere at a film festival critique. It was so strong that I couldn’t muster up the will to take a selfie!

One of the strongest vibes that I got from the crowd and the lecture was the general liberal college-y feel. The people attending were so into, excited, and interested on what Juan was saying. I was intrigued, but not to the level the other people were. Some were nodding their heads in agreeance, some clapped along with the music he would play, and others scribbled down notes. The only free lecture in my hometown that would get the audience so involved would be a lecture on Paul Ryan.

As you can see, I really got more out of the crowd than I did from the actual lecture. But the crowd of this event showed me a whole other side to Madison and the campus- the artsy, casually liberal side. I would never see this in my hometown, and I barely notice it on my day-to-day college routine. This crowd, I think, is defiantly part of the Wisconsin Experience; you have to see and experience different cultures and people, even within your own state. And I liked it a lot, actually! I came in with an open mind (much like Kevin in the book), and the experience ended up being fun, educational, and very enjoyable.

UW Passport Grading Rubric

(Excellent)= A

(Good)= B

(Fair)= C

(Inadequate)= D

Content

Paragraphs offer a thorough reflection of the experience/activity. Student describes, in detail, how the experience influences their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Paragraphs offer a thorough reflection of the experience/activity. Gives some details about the impact the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Paragraphs offer a basic reflection of the experience/activity. Provides few details about the impact the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Paragraphs offer a very little reflection and focuses on a summary of the experience/activity. Provides few details or no details about the impact that the event had on their WI Experience or understanding of course concepts.

Clarity & Organization

Ideas are clearly communicated.  Paragraph is logical, and organization is effective.

Minor problems with clarity. There are a few minor organizational problems that do not take away from the flow of the paragraphs . 

Paragraphs are unclear. Fairly significant organizational problems.  

Paragraphs are unclear and lack organization.

Formatting

Paragraphs follow the formatting requirements (font, size, margins, length, & title) and includes a picture.

Paragraphs follow most of the requirements.

Paragraphs follow some of the requirements.

Paragraphs do not follow the requirements.

Effort

Student clearly selected an experience/activity that is outside their comfort zone and describes how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone.

Student selected an experience/activity that is outside their comfort zone and somewhat describes how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone.

Student selected an experience/activity that fulfills the category requirements, but student does not describe how the experience/activity is outside of their comfort zone.

Student selected an event that does not meet the requirements of the category and does not describe how the event is outside of their comfort zone.

Grammar & Spelling

Paragraph is polished. No grammar or spelling errors.

A few minor grammar and spelling errors.

Many grammar and spelling errors.

Significant problems with grammar and spelling.

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