Convocation Reflection Paper
Goal: In the lottery paper, I had you critically analyze a tradition/custom/ritual to assess its merits in contemporary society. Jackson’s “The Lottery” helps us to remain critical and watchful of potentially harmful and dangerous traditions and reminds us not to simply accept a tradition or custom simply because it “has always been.” However, in more recent readings, especially those assigned for this paper, we see more positive components to ritual, sometimes even going beyond beliefs in the truth of the ritual. Using (1) The Harvard Business Review Article, (2) the Summary Article of Ritual and Joseph Campbell’s work and (3)** your own experiences observing and participating in Convocation, I want you to analyze the power, strength, and value in participating in rituals like Convocation, especially as it relates to the Core University Value of Community.
Using your experience and the texts, I want you to think about the following questions and then write a 1-2 page paper, drawing at least several of these thoughts/questions together into a coherent and unified paper:
1. What is a ritual? What makes something a ritual or an action “ritualistic”?
2. What are the advantages/strengths of rituals? Why do we participate in rituals?
3. Is Convocation a ritual? Why or why not?
a. If Convocation is a ritual, what are some elements that make it a ritual?
b. IF Convocation is not a ritual…then what is it?
4. Ultimately, why do we participate in Convocation? How does this connect up to our University’s core values, especially those we are focusing on this semester.
Writing Tips: Get to the point. I do not want or need a flowery or elaborate introduction. In fact, for this assignment I prefer no introduction at all. To fit the space constraints, the paper should remain concrete, focused and refrain from using “fluff”. Keep your examples concrete and be descriptive. Paint a picture...