Paper Four: Global Engagement Paper


You all remember the GLI, the Global Learning Initiative? In our fourth and final unit, we will study a text that has things to teach us about that very topic. In addition, the assignment encourages you to attend a globally oriented cultural event and to write your paper about it. Unlike many sections of CRTW, then, this one does not end with your research paper. By the time we get to unit 4, that will already be under your belt—and good for you! Paper Four is just a regular 5-7 page essay like the first two (Honors students: see syllabus for length requirement). Like Paper Two, however, Paper Four will require some research so that you are well-informed on the subject of the cultural event. You do have to have some background knowledge in order to evaluate something, and that means doing more than just perusing the speaker’s Web site.  


The Assignment

Attend a GLOBAL cultural event and take copious notes. Here is the schedule: Not all of the events on the list are appropriate. Generally, those that emphasize academic content are likely to be appropriate; however, music, dance, and food are not. Look for a lecture or presentation by one or more speakers; performances and workshops are not likely to be successful focused topics for this assignment. Plays and films can sometimes work.


Note for spring-semester students: You may not write about a presentation at SOURCE even though the symposium has a Global designator. The assignment is not to write about a 12-minute talk by an undergraduate; it is rather to get you to write about something 40-60 minutes in duration by a professional scholar or creative artist.

Your job is then to apply the elements and the standards of critical thinking to your global cultural event. Use the elements to analyze the event (here analysis means a critical summary). Do the same kind of analysis that you could use the elements for in any of your courses. Then use the standards to determine how well the speakers achieved their purposes. At some point in your paper, bring in material from Anzaldúa. Of course, you also need an explicit connection to something from Nosich’s book.


Your thesis this time should take a stand on how well the speakers did. For example, I will use the standards of [identify at least two] to argue that the speakers effectively achieved [their purposes: be specific] because + some reason why you think so. Note that it is very okay to be critical in your thesis if your evaluation calls for it. Remember: You are analyzing AND evaluating the cultural event. Therefore, Paper Four could appropriately be called a “review” of a cultural event.

Paper 4 is NOT a classical argument, so you do not need an “although” clause in your thesis or objections in the body.


Note: The ratio of analysis to evaluation may vary, but you must be careful not to have pages of analysis and only a brief paragraph of evaluation. Make sure that both sections receive the necessary development. Note as well that something is not accurate or sufficient just because you say it is. Once you assert an evaluation, you must make a case for it. Bring evidence to bear in support of your point.

Note: For the evaluation section, be sure to consider the 10 questions on pages 155-56 and points a, b, and c on page 156 in Nosich’s book. Point c refers you to the Standards Check on pages 158-59. This paper includes a standards check; therefore, for heaven’s sake, make sure that you mention some of the standards in your paper!

Also, use the past tense to discuss the event; use the present tense to incorporate your other sources. For example, the speaker STATED, but Nosich STATES. (An exception would be, for example, if your focused topic is a text like a play or a film. In that case, you would want to refer to it in present tense.)

In the conclusion, discuss how well the speaker(s) illustrate(s) the critical thinking habits of mind that Nosich talks about on pages 175-76. Say something about your own traits. As you listened to the talk and wrote your paper, what traits did you engage with?


Honors students: See the syllabus for length requirement.

How To List Anzandúa on the Works Cited List

Anzaldúa, Gloria. “Entering into the Serpent.” Ways of

        Reading: An Anthology for Writers, edited by

        David Bartolomae and Anthony Petrosky, 9th ed.,

        Bedford / St. Martin's, 2011, pp. 72-84.  

If you use quotations from both sections, you will need to use cross-referencing, which requires an entry for the anthology and separate abbreviated entries for the two chapters. Note: Do NOT give Borderlands as the title and then use page numbers from Ways of Reading.


If you would rather not write about a global cultural event, you may instead write about Edward Said's "States," pages 541-75 in Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Writers (on reserve at the library) and apply the same mechanisms to it. (Note: Said is pronounced sigh-EED.) If you select this alternative, you must still include something from Nosich and Anzaldúa. Since half of the chapter is photographs, you will need to include some analysis and evaluation of them. Said's text is much harder than the garden variety cultural event. My advice is that you write about a cultural event. But if you write about Said, my Said handout should help you get started. Fair warning, though: If you write about Said but neglect to mention any of the concepts listed in my handout, of if you do not analyze the photographs, your paper will not receive a good grade. Please make certain that you are writing about "States" and not Said's "After the Last Sky" in a similarly titled book, Ways of Reading Words and Images. You may not write about "After the Last Sky" for the paper four assignment.

Dingaling Behavior

I start every semester by announcing, in class and in the “Memorandum of Understanding,” that the course concludes with a paper about a global cultural event and that students should attend an event that genuinely interests them. I emphasize that it is a bad idea to wait until the last moment to go to an event. At times, this advice has fallen on deaf ears. The consequence is that about 15 students out of two sections write about the same event (naturally one they attend at the last minute). Imagine my consternation when students do the exact thing I tell them not to do, which means that I have to grade the same paper more than a dozen times. So I am telling you again, right here in the assignment sheet, that you should pick an event that interests you, put it on your calendar, go to it, take copious notes, and not all flock to the one global event that is left at the end of the semester (or to one that you and your classmates and friends decide to attend en masse). Finally, remember that the assignment is to write about a GLOBAL cultural event. If you cannot get to a global event, then do the alternative assignment on Said. Do not write about a non-Global event. And for heaven's sake, do not write about an event that is not even at Winthrop University. The assignment is to write about a Global Cultural Event that takes place on campus during the semester in which you are taking CRTW 201.