3 Culture Speech Topics Layouts

Culture speech topics for high school and college informative speaking on high and low culture, Rembrandt paintings, and human behavior experiments. Culture you said? It's not only about artifacts. The common definition of culture according based on a few dictionaries is this:

The socially shared system of values and ideas on knowledge, human beliefs, attitudes, experiences, religion, relations, concepts, objects, fine arts and humanities, and all other products of human work and thoughts.

So I looked for culture speech topics related to those themes and puzzled out some basic ideas for speech outlines for you:

Differences Between High and Low Culture High culture is created and preserved by members of the social elite. E.g. opera, ballets, poetry, Tchaikovsky, art museums and institutions.
Low culture is made for mainstream consumption and appeals to the mass population of working and middle class. E.g. pop music, soap operas, tv dating shows, football.
The class that rules make it unique by education, and verbal and social skills in order to get power and prestige.
Low culture can become high under the influence of mass media (and writing a speech about culture speech topics of course, ahum :-) and vice versa. Mozart's music was popular mass culture, and is now considered high.

O Fortuna of the Cantata Carmina Burana of Carl Orff was high and is now shared widely in music samples after the director of the movie Excalibur used it as theme.

Some forms can be popular by both social groups, like Rembrandt (more culture speech topics on him below).


The Most Famous Rembrandt Fine Arts And Their Meaning

Show it and tell what you see, the symbolic fine art of the painter (Rembrandt's aesthetic personal stlye), its artistic authority, and fine arts value. By the way, each of them can be used in an informative lecture for an interested public speaking audience. Rembrandt has painted more, enough for similar culture speech topics.
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp (1632)Who attend: Two physicians of the Amsterdam Guild of Surgeons lead by anatomist Nicolaes Tulp and the other figures are wealthy citizens.

What: Public medical lesson.

The Body: Criminal hanged for armed robbery.

Place of action: Anatomy Theatre

When: Public dissection was allowed once a year, only during the winter.
The Night Watch (1642) Who: Captain Barining Cocq and 17 members of his civic guards.

Official name of the painting: Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenhurch.

Hidden in World War II in a cave and fully restored.

In its original dimensions it was much larger: 13 by 16 feet.
The Return of the Prodigal Son (1662)What: Bible parable based on Luke 15:11-32. Stories in the Bible or Koran and their meanings could also serve as culture speech topics on artifacts.

Who: The son is kneeling before his father, shabby sandals, feet with sores. His posture shows lost of dignity.

There is much more symblism in the picture. Explain it to your audience. For example, take a close look at the different hands of the father! The left hand is strong and muscular. The right hand is refined, soft and tender, a mother's hand.

But there is more to discover you could use for informative speaking.


Three Most Famous Human Behavior Experiments

So-called Aha! or Eureka Effects are perfect for culture speech topics:
When Good Observers Go Bad An interesting visual attention experiment on inattentional blindness by Becklen and Cervone who discovered that observers attending to a particular object or event often fail to seee the presence of unexpected items. Watch this short clip very closely...



Big Brother Watching Eyes Persuades. Eyes staring at you on a picture that force you to do something - or: the impact of simulated observer effect. Talking about culture speech topics related to social cultural behavior!

Scientists of the UK Newcastle University created an experiment in their coffee room where people have to pay for coffee and tea by dropping some money into a box on voluntary basis. In weeks with watchful staring eyes on the price list, people paid much more for their drinks as in weeks with funny flowers pictures on the price list. People did what the poster said, just like the I Want You poster campaigns.
The Stanford Prison Experiment In 1971 Psychology Professor Philip Zimbardo conducted a controversial classic study on the psychology of prisoners and their guards. It was cancelled after six days, because of the violence it provoked...