CU Winds Members: Please pick one prompt and respond in a comment.
Reflection 1: Ethics
When we talk about actions being right and wrong we are making judgements about personal ethical frameworks without defining them. Ethical frameworks vary from person to person and vary even more between cultures. When entering new communities, individuals are often confronted with these differences in ethical principles, forcing them to be introspective and critical of their own views.
– What ethical framework or background did you bring to this experience? What are your guiding principles and where do you think they come from?
– Describe an observation or experience from Haiti or the DR which has challenged or reinforced your ethical framework. What relevant ethical principles did you have before the observation or experience and did they change?
– How did your beliefs and ethical principles affect your actions during this experience?
Reflection 2: A Single Story
Chimamanda Ngozi, a Nigerian novelist and nonfiction writer, has spoken publicly about “the dangers of a single story,” that is, the unintended consequences that can arise when stories about people and cultures are told through the single lens of an ‘outsider.’ To avoid these unintended consequences—and to more fully and authentically relay the story of people and cultures to which we do not belong—Ngozi encourages those who engage with communities to document experiences “in their words too.”
– Describe a time in which you recognized the “danger of a single story” on the trip. What were some of the unintended consequences of the single story? Why did those consequences unfold in the ways they had?
– What steps can you take to ensure that the experiences you participate in authentically relay the stories of the people and culture with which you are engaging? Moving forward, how will you incorporate perspectives that are ‘in their words’ too’?
Reflection 3: Identity
We often talk about identities as categories in which people fall into. Although we all understand how identity is a highly complex and shifting component of individuals, we rarely examine how our experiences shape how we perceive our own identities.
– How do you think your identity affected your relationship with our community partners and organizations? How might have privilege played a role in this?
– Has your experience altered any aspects of your identity? Is this due to a change in yourself or in how you understand this identity?
Reflection 4: Music
– How has the tour impacted you own playing?
– What about your understanding of music as a vehicle for cultural exhange and/or social impact?