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VUELTA PROJECT STUDENT DIRECTORY
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All residents of Miami have historical and cultural roots in España. From Ponce de Leon’s contact with the Tequesta in 1513 to 21th century migration, the language, religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam), architecture, cuisine, and popular culture of España are manifest throughout Miami and the Americas.
After studying the influence of España on the Americas while in Miami, students complete a Vuelta-a journey to España. In the Vuelta project, students of the FIU Honors College will reflect on their personal and societal commonalities and differences with Spanish history and culture. The project should be multidimensional: examine commonalities, highlight differences, and explore ambiguities.
The nature of student reflection must be broad and profound, and not exclusively personal. Students should address connections in society and culture across time. Students should name specific personal experiences with places or artworks that stimulated their reflection. This project should not be a diary (not about clubbing, shopping, or general experiences).
In the Vuelta Project, students are not limited to one topic, but rather should address multiple issues. Research must be rigorous.
The following are suggested topics and questions students may explore. The inquiry should include, but not be limited, to these. The topics below primarily list Miami for comparison, but other countries may be used.
Are you Spanish? If yes, how? If not, how?
Are Miamians Spanish? If yes, how? If not, how?
Are Latinx Spanish? If yes, how? If not, how?
How is the culture (music, architecture) of Miami/Americas similar or different to España?
How is the cuisine of Miami/Americas similar or different to España?
How is the language of Miami/Americas similar or different to España?
How are your notions of religion influenced by the history of España? Has your perception of Catholicism, Judaism, or Islam changed during your Vuelta trip?
Which cultural and social manifestations of Miami/Americas would you introduce to España?
Which cultural and social manifestations of España would you introduce to Miami/Americas?
What conclusions do you draw from your Vuelta trip?
STRUCTURE OF EXPLORATION
Students will form groups of 3 to 4 students. Each group will be assigned one section of each respective city. Groups will have the duration of the stay to explore. Student groups must explore the history, culture, location, contemporary people of their respective location/institution.
Although exploration is done in groups, projects are individual. Students must include their respective barrios in their project, but are not limited to them.
These are to be claimed on the class discussion board.
Austrias & La Latina
Chueca, Conde Duque, & Malasana
Paseo del Arte, Retiro, & Salsas
Individual exploration without neighborhood restrictions
Barceloneta & Vila Olimpica
Eixample & Sants Montjuic
Sagrada Familia & Sant Marti
FORMAT OF WEBPAGE
Students must create a webpage with text and images and/or videos. The research must be thorough. The webpage must be public. Students must create the blog on miamiinmiami.com
Students must post a link to the webpage on the class WhatsApp chat.
The project must also be submitted as a Word document to turnitin.com through Canvas.
This is the major project for the semester. It must be a minimum of 2,000 words.
Students must cite all sources in MLA Format (in-text citations required).
Similar to a research paper, all sources must be cited for all project formats. If you utilize an existing film for inspiration or incorporate clips or pictures from someone else, you must cite those. Failure to do is plagiarism.
These following factors will be considered in determining the project grade.
1. Research! The student must demonstrate a thoroughly researched knowledge of subjects.
2. The student must tackle Big Ideas-culture, history, religion, philosophy, economic disparity, sexuality, gender, race, to name a few.
3. The student should not shy away from controversial subjects or opinions.
4. The student should explain the nature of her/his connection to the subject.
5. Subjects should be discussed in a broader cultural and historical context. Others should be able to relate to the points made in the project.
6. Students should name the specific city, building, artwork, experience that prompted their reflection.
7. Students should aim for originality in text and in the photo.
8. The student is not expected to be a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Writing nor Photography. S/he is only expected to put forth maximum effort.
DIRECTORY OF MIAMI ESPAÑA VUELTA
Directory of Miami España Vuelta projects
EDITOR AND LAST UPDATE
John William Bailly 29 June 2022
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