20th-Century Genius Award Paper
and Presentation (due Week Four)
Prepare a 1400 – 1750 word
paper nominating a 20th-century figure whose work/artistic contributions can be
classified in both the Age of Modernism and the Age of Pluralism for the 20th
Century Genius Award. The nominated figure should stand out in your mind as a
genius of Western culture. The paper should include a synopsis of the
individual’s life and times, a survey of the ideas or artistic works recognized
as reflecting genius, and an appraisal of their impact on the arts and culture.
You should also assess whether the individual’s contributions are likely to
continue influencing cultural development.
Papers will be assessed for the
following: content, organization, and structure and how well students defend
their choice of genius. Detail and creativity will be factors in assessing the
final work. Students should cite at least two outside sources in writing this