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S What are some leisure or entertainment activities
that are UNIVERSAL? Why are some
international and others only local?
S What are some that are specific to Albania?
S What are some that are specific to the USA?
Why the differences in preferences?
Culture, history, tradition, language, society,
economy, religion, geography, philosophy….
S Culture greatly affects how we
act, what we enjoy and how we
S Language is one of the strongest
binds citizens of nations or
groups of nations together…
S The English language in the
USA and – more frequently –
around the world is the universal
language of entertainment…
uniting culturally different peoples
around the world…
U.S. Declaration of Independence – July 4,
Preamble to the U.S.
Declaration of Independence
S IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
S The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of
S When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for
one people to dissolve the political bands which have
connected them with another and to assume among the
powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which
the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent
respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should
declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Founding of the U.S. Legal
S 4 July 1776: Declaration of Independence from England
– King George III
S American War of Independence: 1776 – 1783
S Articles of Confederation (the first federal constitution):
written in 1778 and ratified in 1781.
S Neither federal courts nor a president, and the single
chamber of Congress had no way to enforce its laws.
S Individual states could and did ignore federal laws with
impunity. U.S. Constitution ratified in 1788.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of
the U.S. Constitution empowers
S To promote the Progress of Science
and useful Arts, by securing for limited
Times to Authors and Inventors the
exclusive Right to their respective
Writings and Discoveries.
Intellectual Property (IP) Law
S Service Marks
What are the top 10
languages spoken in the
Most Spoken Languages in
47 Million People Speak Languages other than English
1. English (216 M)
2. Spanish (28 M)
3. Chinese (2 M)
4. French (incl. Cajun, Patois)
14. French (Creole – Haiti)
And the pursuit of
S Travel: road trips, hotel/motel, camping, beaches, mountains,
lakes, deserts, forests, rivers, National Parks, state parks…
S Music, Film, and the Arts: live music, cinemas, museums,
photography, dance, literature, poetry – arts in the schools.
S Sports: Professional, collegiate, amateur, high school,
children’s (little) leagues.
S Family & Friends: dinners, picnics, reunions, BBQs, ‘get
togethers’, games, weddings, b-day parties, funerals,
S Volunteering: schools, hospitals, urban centers,
S Championed by President Dwight
Eisenhower in the 1950s.
S Authorized by the Federal Aid Highway
Act of 1956.
S Total over 46,876 miles (75,440 km):
tunnels, bridges, overpasses, exit/entry
S Total cost was over $450 billion, making it
the largest public works project in history.
Air Transportation in the
S 17 of the world’s 30 busiest airports are in the USA (Atlanta is the world’s
busiest – with over 92 million passengers in 2011 = 252,000 passengers
S 12 of the world’s 30 busiest airports in terms of cargo (Memphis is the
world’s busiest – FedEx HQ).
S There are over 200 domestic passenger and cargo airlines and many
U.S.-based international carriers (American, Delta, United, and US
Airways the most notable).
S Over 5,000 paved runways are utilized in the USA.
S Many local, regional, and budget airlines fly to even the smallest of towns
S Major air transport bi-coastal hubs for Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Ocean
destinations as well as the Southern Hemisphere.
National Park Service (NPS)
Music in the USA:
S What are some of the types (genres) of
music that you associate most with the
S Can you name some singers and/or
musicians from the various genres?
Music in the USA:
S Rock N’ Roll
S Hip Hop
S Popular (Pop or Top 40)
S Rhythm & Blues
S Country & Western
S Latin (Cuba, Mexico, DR)
S Traditional (Zydeco in
S The U.S. has the world’s largest music industry and
its music is heard and influences other music all
around the world.
S The long history of immigration in the USA has
greatly influenced our music. Native Americans,
Europeans, Africans, and Asians contributing
notably to the ‘melting pot’ that is American Music.
S Eclectic and diverse are the two best words to
describe American music.
Media & Pop Music
S Media outlets like MTV have
spread American popular
music around the world.
S Internationally popular music
groups tour the world and
sometimes are more popular
abroad than in the USA.
S Internet radio stations, iTunes,
and file-sharing sites allow us
to sample the diverse music of
Learn more about New Orleans &
S WWOZ (Jazz, blues, funk - radio station available online)
S New Orleans Online
S Louisiana Tourism
Public & Private Museums
S Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, is the
nation’s landmark museum, educational, and
research institute – funded completely by the U.S.
Government. There are 19 museums and galleries
and the national zoo in DC which are part of
S Many museums and arts institutes were endowed by
philanthropic gifts from some of America’s wealthiest
families, including: John Rockefeller, Andrew
Carnegie, Walt Disney, George Soros, Henry Ford,
Bill Gates, Andrew Mellon, Warren Buffett, Paul
Newman, Oprah Winfrey… etc…
S Hollywood is an area (neighborhood) of Los Angeles.
S All major U.S. film studios are located in or near Los
Angeles – but most are owned by companies based
on the East coast.
S Hollywood is the largest film industry in terms of
revenue but Bollywood produces the most feature-length
films in the world.
S Largest studios: Paramount (Viacom); Warner Bros.
(Time Warner); Columbia (Sony); Walt Disney;
Universal (GE); 20th Century Fox (News Corp.).
Sports in the USA:
S Can you name the most popular sports in
S Do you know the names of some of the
professional and amateur sports’ leagues
in the USA?
Most popular professional
S Football (American football) – National Football League (NFL). 32
teams. Averages over 67,000 fans per game. Fall/Winter.
S Baseball (America’s past time) – Major League Baseball (MLB). 30
teams (1 in Canada). Spring/Summer/Fall.
S Basketball – National Baskeball Association (NBA). 30 teams
(one in Canada). NBA players are the highest paid pro athletes in
the world (by average salary per year). WNBA.
S Soccer (Football) – Major League Soccer (MLS). 19 teams (3 in
S Ice Hockey – National Hockey League (NHL). 30 teams (7 in
Canada). Has players from over 20 different countries.
Other popular pro sports:
S Golf – Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA & LPGA).
S Tennis: United States Tennis Association (USTA).
S Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) – National Association of
Stock Car Racing.
S Wrestling: World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
‘Professional’ athletes; combination of athletics and
Amateur, collegiate & high
S NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). Very
popular college & university level sports. The 20 largest
stadiums in the USA are NCAA university stadiums.
S High School Athletics: Very popular and competitive.
Depending on the school – all major sports
representatives including rugby, lacrosse, tennis,
wrestling, swimming, etc. Most high schools have large
stadiums, practice fields, swimming pools, etc.
S Little Leagues: Every town and city has organized leagues
for all the major sports. Especially popular are soccer,
baseball, basketball, softball, and American football.
LSU Stadium – Baton Rouge,
Seating capacity of 92,542 (10 in NCAA; 17 in world).
S Americans are proud of their history of
volunteering and helping others in need.
S Can you name any American volunteer
organizations? Do you see any volunteers in
S What are some major volunteer organizations in
International & Domestic
S Peace Corps
S Volunteers of America (VOA)
S Habitat for Humanity
S Rotary International
S Thousands of opportunities
on campuses around the
Religion in America
S The USA is one of the most religious countries in the world
– over 85% of Americans consider themselves ‘religious’.
S This greatly affects how, where, and with whom many
Americans seek leisure activities.
S Church, temple, mosque, choir, youth, mission and other
activities are very popular.
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