The Black Arts Movement was the artistic part of the Black Power movement, and is also known as the Black Aesthetics Movement or BAM. It lasted from 1965 to 1975, and is mostly regarded as a 1960s movement.
Some good research paper topics on musical theater could be to write about the success, influence, controversy or message of various hit Broadway musicals.
Here are some ideas for the popularity of The Book of Mormon, controversy over Kinky Boots and the contributions of Jewish playwrights and producers to American theater and culture. There is also a directory of research databases on musical theater. Read more
The history of comic books now spans several generations. As Marvel Comics celebrates its 75th anniversary and unveils a new slate of comic book movies to come in the next five years, the genre is rich with research paper topics.
Start from looking at the issues of crime and justice in comics to the way comic books have handled gender and race issues. Read more
On September 23, 2014, the David Bowie biography film, David Bowie Is, will be shown in Chicago and several other cities nationwide. Among rock legends, David Bowie stands out as one of the few who has greatly influenced both art and culture.
Through his alter ego, the sexually ambiguous Ziggy Stardust, Bowie pushed the boundaries of rock, leading the way for artists like Lady Gaga and U2. Read more
For your architecture research paper, consider combing through architecture databases and Architecture magazine website articles for interesting developments in the field. For example, some good research paper topics could include the activities of Architecture for Humanity, which is providing refugee shelters; the winner of this year’s Pritzker Prize for architectural designs; or the social experience of architectural enthusiasm.
Architects help refugees
With large populations of refugees from natural disasters and political unrest, places like Haiti, Syria and Lagos, Nigeria have sizeable refugee camps. Read more
For decades the causes of obesity have been attributed to a lack of will power. In the documentary film, “Fed Up,” journalist Katie Couric, Laurie David and director Stephanie Soechtig explore evidence that everything we’ve been told is wrong.
Despite dietary guidelines, the effects of obesity, primarily diabetes, have skyrocketed. What’s frightening is that the number of overweight children has been increasing drastically. Obese children are especially at risk for diseases like diabetes. Read more
When you tell people that you’re majoring in media studies you may get blank stares. Few people really understand new media, media production or any of the other subject areas that fall within the media studies major. Perhaps you are also confused. So when it comes to choosing good research paper topics for your media studies papers you may need a little help. Here are a few ideas and resources to get you started on your next research paper assignment.
Media studies research paper topics
Start your search at Questia where you’ll be able to access millions of full-text books, articles, newspapers, magazines, academic journals and encyclopedias. Read more
The Muppets have been around since the 1950s, and they became household icons in 1976, when The Muppet Show hit the air. Follow that with feature films, Webby-award winning YouTube videos, and a return to feature films with 2011’s The Muppets, and you’ve got more than sixty years of Muppet history. On March 21, 2014, the latest entry into the Muppet canon hit theaters with Muppets Most Wanted, starring (alongside the Muppets) Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey.
Like the many Muppet films before it, Muppets Most Wanted continues to rely on self-referential humor and breaking the fourth wall, engaging the audience as participants in the story rather than just watchers. Read more
Penn & Teller, the famous magicians, may not be the first names that spring to mind when you think of an art documentary. But their film, Tim’s Vermeer, provides an interesting look into the connection between art and technology as viewed through the paintings of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. For your next art or film research paper topic, it’s worth it to watch the film and provide your own synopsis on the documentary.
A synopsis of Tim’s Vermeer
The Tim in Tim’s Vermeer is Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor and software developer, who became focused on how artists, particularly 17th-century Dutch artists such as Johannes Vermeer, created an interpretation of reality when they painted. Read more
For more than 70 years, singer Pete Seeger championed folk music, highlighting the genre’s important place in musical heritage. Seeger also served as an inspiration and mentor for the numerous revivals of folk music, dating from the 1950s and 60s to present day. Along the way, he guided many famous musicians, including Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, and supported a wide variety of causes and political movements. His influence can be heard in current musical groups such as Mumford & Sons. Seeger died on January 28, 2014, at the age of 94.
Musician and singer Pete Seeger
The death of a legend can challenge the future of any movement, but folk music had no greater champion than Pete Seeger. Born in 1919 to musical parents, Seeger’s first musical instrument was the ukulele. Read more