Conversations with Berkeley Faculty: Nancy Scheper-Hughes (12/14/99)
Conversations with History Presents Faculty Research at the University of California, Berkeley A Conversation with Nancy Scheper-Hughes Professor of Anthropology "Studying the Human Condition: Habits of an Anthropologist" This interview took place on December 14, 1999. Complete transcript is available. Nancy Scheper-Hughes is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, where she also directs the Doctoral Program in Critical Studies of Medicine, Science, and the Bo
Conversations with Berkeley Faculty: Manuel Castells (5/9/01)
Conversations with History Presents Faculty Research at the University of California, Berkeley A Conversation with Manuel Castells Professor of Sociology and Professor of City and Regional Planning "Identity and Change in the Network Society" This interview took place on May 9, 2001. Complete transcript is available. A social theorist, Professor Castells has won the C. Wright Mills Award, and he has received the Robert and Helen Lynd Award from the American Sociological Association for his li
Conversations with Berkeley Faculty: Eva Harris (3/15/01)
Conversations with History Presents Faculty Research at the University of California, Berkeley A Conversation with Eva Harris Assistant Professor of Public Health "Making Science Accessible" This interview took place on March 15, 2001. Complete transcript is available. Eva Harris is an Assistant Professor in the Infectious Diseases Division of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, where she does research and teaching on Molecular Biology, Parasitology, and Vir
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Teaching about Thanksgiving
Resources and activities to help you bring historical accuracy, cultural sensitivity, and a broader context to discussions about the quintessentially American holiday.
Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times
Studs Terkel in conversation with Harry Kreisler, Producer and Host of Conversations with History. Introduced by Dave Eggers. This event took place on October 29 2003 at UC Berkeley. Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Institute of International Studies, KPFA Free Speech Radio, and "Mother Jones Magazine".
Conversations with Berkeley Faculty: Steven Weber (4/28/03)
Conversations with History Presents Faculty Research at the University of California, Berkeley A Conversation with Steven Weber Professor of Political Science "Power in the Information Age" This interview took place on April 28, 2003. Steven Weber is a Professor of Political Science at U.C. Berkeley. His publications include Cooperation and Discord in U.S. - Soviet Arms Control; the edited volume, Globalization and the European Political Economy; and forthcoming from Harvard University Press,
Protist Image Data
Protist Image Data (PID) is an online database that provides pictures and short descriptions of selected Protist genera, especially those genera whose species are frequently used as experimental organisms or are important in studies of organismal evolution. Up-to-date information is provided on the morphology, taxonomy and phylogenetic relationships of these organisms. Information on PID pages is arranged by the following: Introduction, Appearance, Ultrastructure, Reproduction and Life History,
Operation Ruby Throat: The Hummingbird Project Protocol
The purpose of this resource is to observe seasonal migration patterns, feeding habits, and nesting behavior of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) in North and Central America. All students will learn about hummingbird natural history and ecology. Students will learn how to identify and age male and female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and to observe migration and feeding behavior. Students will learn how to make connections among hummingbird behavior and weather, climate, food avail
Earth's history in 4.56 meters: constructing a timeline with calculator tape
In this short activity, students make a timeline of Earth's history using calculator tape. The tape is 4.56 meters long, so that one billion years is equal to one meter. This exercise is designed to introduce students to the scale of Earth's history and help them gain a familiarity with some major events. It also teaches about scaling, the metric system, as well as the concepts of large numbers and deep time. The activity may be used in an introductory geoscience course. Learning goals, context
Driving Through Geologic Time - An analogy
This activity uses an analogy to illustrate the scale of geologic time and our limited view of the Earth's history. It relates the history of the Earth to a drive across the country. The drive is 4560 km (rough distance between Washington D.C. and Seattle), with 1 km equaling one million years of Earth's history. This analogy is used by the author as a springboard to talk about the limits of our personal perceptions and experiences when making conclusions. Learning goals, context for use, teachi
Making Treaties and Weaving Wampum: Communication Across Cultures
In this lesson students will be exposed to the cultural and artistic importance of wampum belts to the Native American tribes that George Catlin encountered on his travels, and the importance of the belts in American history as markers of relations between tribes and the U.S. Government between 1776 and 1878. Students will gain insight into the differing ways in which these cultures expressed ideas, values, and policy through objects, written documents, and oral traditions.
Hall of Presidents
The media for presidential imagery has ranged everywhere from the traditional oil-on-canvas and marble to cotton handkerchiefs and sewing-box lids, and the Gallery houses today a richly varied array of presidential likenesses. In the selection of portraits on view here, some are more sophisticated and striking than others; some are quite rare or altogether unique; some are calculated to impress us with their gravity while others are warmly intimate. Taken collectively, however, they all have one
You Be the Conservator
This web activity, recommended for grades 5 and up, is designed to teach both content and process. The content areas addressed in this activity are the science of conservation and the history of the Hispanic American tradition of making santos. Santos are painted woodcarvings of saints in the Catholic Church. Conservators use scientific tools and procedures such as xeroradiography and microscopy to analyze objects. The science behind these tools and procedures is explained in this web activity.
Charters of Freedom
This site features primary documents that shaped U.S. history. See images of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Learn about the Articles of Confederation, Constitutional Convention, Marbury v. Madison, Louisiana Purchase, slavery, Civil War, 13th Amendment, immigration, and woman suffrage.
Eli Whitney's Patent for the Cotton Gin
This site provides facsimile reproductions of the handwritten patent application and its accompanying drawing, together with explanatory text and lesson plans. This lesson correlates to the National History Standards and the National Standards for Civics and Social Sciences
Drinking Water Treatment
This lesson provides an introduction to the treatment of drinking water to remove harmful or distasteful substances. Topics include the history of treatment and a brief listing of treatment processes.
Inheritance: Standing Up to Injustice and Cruelty
FILM: This lesson plan is designed to be used in conjunction with the film, Inheritance, which illustrates the lasting effects of the Holocaust from the perspectives of both a victim of Nazi war crimes and the child of a perpetrator. Classrooms can use this lesson to explore the responsibility of standing up to injustice and cruelty. NOTE: This film contains sensitive content related to the genocide of Europe's Jews during World War II. In addition to verbal descriptions of abuses, the complet
A Life Apart: Hasidism in America
This website provides the film script, reviews, a discussion forum, and 15 essays on Hasidism.
Crucible of Empire: The Spanish-American War
The Spanish-American War was a complex and significant event that should be examined from all angles and perspectives. Students may be particularly interested in Spanish-American War issues that remain relevant today, namely the role of the media in the war and questions regarding foreign intervention. Educators are encouraged to use the film CRUCIBLE OF EMPIRE: THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR to complement their lessons in history, journalism, government, and political science classrooms.