Research in the Round Topic Examples

If the topic were “Playing God,” the proposed questions might be “How do novels like Frankenstein ask readers to wrestle with ethical questions?” and “What are the implications for characters who make someone ‘immortal’ in vampire literature?” (The Table Host might be poised to ask, “What other texts wrestle with the idea of violating laws of nature?” or “What works do you think of when you hear the words ‘playing god?’”).

Or imagine the topic was “Color- or Race-Blind Casting in Contemporary Theatre.” The Table Host might have questions about the effects of this kind of casting approach. The second question might focus on the extent to which historical accuracy is important. The Table Host could be prepared with specific examples from theatrical or film productions, and follow-up questions could ask participants to think about the role actors, directors, and producers have in influencing an audience’s interpretation.