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Topic Suggestions: Arts & Hum.

A guide to topics that could be developed into research projects or speeches, arranged by subject areas or categories

Topics (A - J)

  • abstract expressionism

  • African-Americans, portrayal in…

  • African Dance

  • afterlife

  • agnosticism

  • ancient cultures

  • angels

  • animation

  • anime/manga

  • anti-Semitism in literature

  • art glass

  • art of listening

  • art of looking

  • Arthurian legend

  • Arthur, King -- historic figure or fictional character

  • Arts & Crafts movement

  • atonement

  • autobiography, art of

  • bagpipes

  • Bayeux tapestry

  • beat poets

  • Beatles, cultural impact

  • bebop to hip-hop

  • birth order

  • body piercing

  • Bono (U2) activism

  • Buddhism

  • carnivals & circuses

  • celebrity

  • censorship in contemporary art

  • Christopher Columbus -- his voyages

  • comic strips

  • concrete poetry

  • creationism vs. evolution

  • Crusades

  • cultural literacy

  • dance as meditation

  • Dance of Death

  • Day of the Dead

  • Delphic Oracle

  • demonology

  • dialects of the South

  • dragons & other mythical beasts

  • ebonics

  • e-books

  • ecology in art

  • economic context of a novel

  • ecopoetry/ecocriticism

  • electronic music

  • embedded journalists

  • evil

  • exile in art and literature

  • fad dances (Macarena, etc.)

  • fairy tales

  • faith healing

  • fate

  • feng shui

  • fiber art

  • film

  • free will

  • folklore

  • fundamentalism

  • fur fashion, ethics 

  • gargoyles

  • ghosts and poltergeists

  • Gnostics

  • gods and goddesses

  • Gothic

  • global culture

  • graphic novels

  • Guerrilla Girls

  • gypsies

  • Harlem Renaissance

  • heaven

  • the hero in literature

  • Hinduism

  • hip hop culture

  • hippies

  • hipsters

  • historic preservation

  • history of the tuba, piano, etc.

  • holy grail

  • humor

  • icons

  • immortality

  • incarnation

  • Indigo children

  • Islam

  • jazz, contemporary

Topics (K - Z)

  • Kabuki theater

  • karma

  • kinetic sculpture

  • kissing customs

  • klezmer music

  • labyrinth in religion

  • line, texture, color across the arts

  • liturgy

  • magic

  • manners

  • media ethics

  • method acting

  • mime

  • minimalism

  • modern murals

  • monasteries

  • monsters in mythology

  • morality

  • mosaic, ancient & modern

  • movies' influence on fashion

  • music education

  • music therapy

  • musical satire

  • mystery plays

  • mysticism

  • myths, similarity across cultures

  • Nation of Islam

  • neo-romanticism

  • Nihilism

  • nirvana

  • Nobel Prize

  • nocturnes

  • non-sexist language

  • non-violence

  • Nostradamus

  • nymphs

  • opera, contemporary

  • paganism

  • papacy

  • performing arts

  • postmodern architecture

  • priests and marriage

  • pyramids

  • raku pottery

  • rap lyrics as poetry

  • rap music's effect on morals

  • reincarnation

  • religious holidays in various countries

  • rhythm & blues

  • robots

  • Rome, ancient Rome and it's culture

  • rose windows

  • saxophone in the symphony

  • science fiction

  • Scientology

  • sins of memory

  • sitcoms

  • slanting in journalism

  • snake-handling in religious practice

  • social media

  • the soul

  • space and place in literature

  • speakeasy

  • special effects in movies

  • Stonehenge

  • storytelling

  • suffering

  • sustainable design

  • symbolism

  • tabloid ethics

  • tattoos

  • textile arts

  • Theater of the Absurd

  • Third Stream music

  • totem poles

  • tramp art

  • Transcendentalists

  • trickster

  • troubadours

  • urban sculpture

  • urbanization, 19th century

  • vampires

  • visual culture

  • voodoo

  • war – ethics and politics, effects on the arts

  • witches

  • women artists, musicians, writers, photographers

  • women as priests

  • women's roles in history

  • world music

  • yellow journalism

  • yin/yang

  • Zoroastrianism