Sponsors - Approval Criteria
The Faculty Conference adopted a definition of cultural events as an approved cultural event is chosen from areas such as plays, films, art exhibitions, dance, and musical performances or from lectures of general appeal. Over the years, the Cultural Events Committee has evolved a series of general guidelines to assist in making decisions and interpreting this definition.
Events must fit one of the following criteria to meet the cultural events definition:
Films and Readings
- Films selected should meet one of the following criteria:
- All films must include a presentation and/or discussion led by a qualified individual(s) with expertise in the subject area of the film. Films that are readily accessible to the students (i.e., recent mainstream films) must also qualify under the category of lectures, panel discussions, and forums.
- Foreign films presented in a foreign language.
- Readings of poetry and/or fiction will be selected on the basis of the reader's/writer's reputation and credentials. Readings by individual students or sponsored by student organizations should be under faculty direction or have guidance from a faculty member with expertise in the area
Guided Discussions of Exhibitions of Visual Arts or Material Culture
- The selection will be based on the reputation and credentials of the artist(s) and/or the individual leading the discussion.
- Exhibitions of visual arts by individual students or sponsored by student organizations should be under faculty direction or have guidance from a faculty member with expertise in the area.
Lectures, Panel Discussions, and Forums
Lectures, panel discussions, and forums of general appeal are based on the speaker's ability to generate new ideas and discussion on topics of broad significance. Lectures that receive approval will have the following attributes:
- A speaker with credentials, reputation, and expertise in the subject area.
- A subject of importance and/or uniqueness (e.g., new ideas). For example, Public Service Announcements as lectures or presentations (events that serve more to inform the public about safety or health concerns, etc.) will, in general, not receive cultural event credit.
- A topic that relates to culture, the arts, world culture(s), or societal concerns. Topics of scientific, business, sports, or mathematical nature must show their relation to broader cultural or societal concerns. Topics in potentially controversial subject areas (such as politics and/or religion) must allow for a discussion of a broad spectrum of viewpoints. These discussions should have guidance of a faculty member or staff person with demonstrable expertise in the area. In general, programs and performances by, or specifically designed for, children (below college age) will not be approved as cultural events. All events selected as approved cultural events should be under the sponsorship of a faculty member, administrator, or a related organization(s) (e.g., student organization, university department, etc.).
- Students are encouraged to earn some cultural event credit through events in which they are not participating. Students may not earn more than one half of the total required cultural event credit through a single event (e.g. trip abroad, conference). It should be noted, and strongly emphasized, that failure to attain the approval of the Cultural Events Committee does not reflect upon the quality or the validity of any event, nor the committee's support for the program being presented, only its relevance to the specific goals of the cultural events requirement.
Performances in Music, Dance, and Theater
- Performances which are officially sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts and its various divisions will be automatically approved as cultural events.
- Performances by individual students or student organizations should be under faculty direction, or have guidance from a faculty member with expertise in the area.
- Performances in music not covered above will be selected on the basis of their ability to broaden a student's musical experience. Performances in musical genres which are readily available to students and/or are part of the current "popular culture" may not be selected, unless they would otherwise qualify under lectures, panel discussions, and forums.
- The reputation and qualifications of the performer or performing group will also be taken into consideration.