A Truly Creative Assignment

I received this announcement from the Program in General Education and wanted to share it with our readers as one example of a thoughtfully designed, creative assignment:

The teaching staff and students of Culture and Belief 12, “For the Love of God and His Prophet: Religion, Literature, and the Arts in Muslim Cultures,” invite you to the opening reception for their calligraphic art exhibit.

The Word as Sacred Design:

Islamic Calligraphic Art by Students of Culture & Belief 12, “For the Love of God and His Prophet: Religion, Literature and the Arts in Muslim Cultures”

 Reception and Exhibition

Tuesday, March 20th

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University

8 Story Street, First Floor

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If you’re a Harvard affiliate, I encourage you to check out the course syllabus, particularly the part that lays out the requirements for the four creative assignments students complete over the course of a semester. They have to work in four different media of their choice, they have opportunities to get support from Harvard staff and other resources, and they must justify their creative work in 250-300 words of prose. These are the kinds of assignments that help students show – rather than tell – what they’ve learned, and how well they’ve learned it.

If you get a chance to stop by the exhibition, be sure to let us know what you think!

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