17.537 Politics and Policy in Contemporary Japan (MIT)
This subject is designed for upper level undergraduates and graduate students as an introduction to politics and the policy process in modern Japan. The semester is divided into two parts. After a two-week general introduction to Japan and to the dominant approaches to the study of Japanese history, politics and society, we will begin exploring five aspects of Japanese politics: (1) Party Politics (2) Electoral Politics (3) Interest Group Politics and (4) Bureaucratic Politics. The second part o
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The Jahiliyya Factor?: Fighting Muslims' Cultural Resistance to Nonviolence
Professor Chaiwat Satha-Anand, Political Science, Thammasat University, Thailand presents Annual Peace lecture - Overcoming cultural resistance to non-violence. Lecture given Jul 12, 2010.
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The Jahiliyya Factor?: Fighting Muslims' Cultural Resistance to Nonviolence
Professor Chaiwat Satha-Anand, Political Science, Thammasat University, Thailand presents Annual Peace lecture - Overcoming cultural resistance to non-violence. Lecture given Jul 12, 2010.
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17.582 Civil War (MIT)
This course surveys the social science literature on civil war. It studies the origins of civil war, discusses variables affecting duration, and examines termination of conflict. This subject is highly interdisciplinary and covers a wide variety of cases, although with concentration on various Balkan civil wars.
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Japanese Gardens Project
Bowdoin College's Information Technology worked with Professor of Art History Emeritus Clif Olds to develop a website dedicated to the gardens of Japan, and more specifically to the historic gardens of Kyoto and its environs. The site is designed to provide the visitor with an opportunity to visit each garden, to move through or around it, to experience it through the medium of high-quality color images, and to learn something of its history.
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Japanese Scrolls Project
Bowdoin College's Asian Studies department worked with Information Technology to build an innovative online scroll viewer to showcase the scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan. This podcasts explores the development of this project.
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Middle East Peace?
In the wake of this week's peace summit in Annapolis, Bill Moyers Journal profiles the politically powerful group Christians United for Israel (CUFI), whose leader Pastor John Hagee wants to bring millions of Christians together to support Israel. But some say his message is dangerous: "It is time for America to...consider a military preemptive strike against Iran to prevent a nuclear holocaust in Israel and a nuclear attack in America." Bill Moyers Journal reports on CUFI and then gets theol
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Women Fight for Peace
Instructed by a dream and organized in prayer, leymah Gbowee and thousands of everyday women in liberia -- both Christians and Muslims alike -- confronted warlords and a corrupt president to successfully fight for peace and dignity in their war-torn nation. "I realized that every problem we encounter on this journey, I'm going to rise above it and lead these women because they trusted me with their lives and their future," says Gbowee. Journal guest host lynn Sherr interviews leymah Gbowee and
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Redefining the United States.
Barack Obama was elected on a message of change, promising a new era of diplomacy and international cooperation - but can the President deliver a new vision of America? Reporting from the world's most troubled hotspots, Mark Danner has seen countless deaths over ethnic and political divides, and witnessed firsthand how U.S. attempts to exploit those conflicts have resulted in disastrous unforeseen consequences. Danner speaks with Bill Moyers about Obama's challenges in resetting the mindset of
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054 Episode for Families: The Tengu Nose Contest
Listen to this amusing story of a contest between two Japanese spirits in this episode produced especially for younger audiences.
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061 Episode for Families: How the Rabbit Got to the Moon
Listen to this ancient Japanese tale about the rabbit in the moon in this episode produced especially for younger audiences.
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Lesson 10 - Time Sense
Pick up how to say the parts of the day and year.
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Pick up how to say the parts of the day and year.
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Lesson 9 - Question Words
Basic vocabulary for asking questions.
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Basic vocabulary for asking questions.
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Lesson 8 - Numbers and Money
Learn to count from 1 to 10 in Arabic as well as some currency vocabulary.
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Learn to count from 1 to 10 in Arabic as well as some currency vocabulary.
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Lesson 7 - Directions
Direction words and locations will help you find your way around.
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Direction words and locations will help you find your way around.
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Lesson 6 - Food
Picking up some of the basic food vocabulary is essential.
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