UO Today #459: William Toll / Ellen Eisenberg
William Toll, History, and Ellen Eisenberg, History, Willamette University, discuss their book Jews of the Pacific Coast: Reinventing Community on America’s Edge (2010). They each gave talks at the UO on May 23, 2010 as part of the 10-year anniversary celebration of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies. UO Today, the Oregon Humanities Center’s [...]
UO Today #461: Sister Helen Prejean
Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, discusses her advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty. She spoke at the UO on October 19, 2010. UO Today, the Oregon Humanities Center’s half-hour television interview program, provides a glimpse into the heart of the [...]
Ancient China Developed Advanced Tech (Pt. 2)
Recent researchers have found out that China had
pioneered the development of some of the most advaced technology in the
world in the most concentrated and upward directed technological
development in history until the 17th century... But it accomplished
this over a thousand years ago. Pumps, wheelbarrows, canals, and single-arch bridges are all mentioned.
Getting back to basics in a world of luxury
As China's middle class expands, does consumption behaviour change? According to Sir David Tang, founder of Shanghai Tang and China Clubs, consumption behaviour doesn’t shift with economic development; it is only perceived to do so.
“I don’t think economic development has ever changed human nature,” says Tang. “China is able now, with a rising middle class, to start thinking about all the bourgeois things, about life of the next-door neighbour. And that’s why, in a way, cons
Terrorism in Asia: still a threat
When Noordin Mohammad Top, the chief suspect in July’s suicide bomb attacks on luxury hotels in Jakarta was killed during a police raid in Central Java in September, the feeling of relief in Indonesia and Southeast Asia was almost palpable.
Chinese individualism stronger than in the West, spurred by social changes and economic growth
China’s one-child policy has helped bring about individualism that is even stronger than in the west, says Jesse Price, founding partner of the Reya Group, which specialises in organisational culture.
Although the west often views China as a collectivist society, his company’s research suggests there is “very strong individualism” in China’s society, which could be due to China’s economic ascendance, its national population policy, and the ensuing changes in China’s social
Knowledge transfer: Use templates to pass on best practices, at least initially
As corporations look to expand overseas – through franchising, outsourcing or setting up plants and offices elsewhere – they transfer best practices to maintain their competitive edge. But what’s the best way of doing that and how should they adapt these operational practices to local conditions? According to studies carried out by INSEAD Professor of Strategy Gabriel Szulanski and others, companies need to identify and validate actual examples that have been shown to produce results.
Mapping out the challenges for social innovation research
Social entrepreneurs and enterprises may have limited resources but they’re resourceful and are capable of tackling failed markets, as well as intractable ‘wicked’ problems. But the key question, according to Pamela Hartigan, Director of Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Said Business School, Oxford University, is how far can social innovation help forge a new global order that is more sustainable, responsible, and humane than what has gone before?
For-profit or not for-profit? Social enterprises seek a better way
Social enterprises must currently choose whether to be charitable non-profit organisations or money-making, for-profit companies. The choice is often hard to make since the legal status of each has positive points as well as drawbacks. Because of this, a leading social entrepreneur thinks it is time to create a hybrid legal status for social enterprises.
Fighting Monsanto at the Supreme Court
Student Group Speaker Series Fighting Monsanto at the Supreme Court September 15, 2010 Northwest Environmental Defence Center In this podcast, Professor George Kimbrell, staff attorney for the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Lewis and Clark alumnus, will discuss the recent Supreme Court decision Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms. After plaintiffs secured injunctive relief prohibiting [...]
Animal Law 2010 Program Overview
Animal Law Speaker Series Animal Law 2010 Program Overview Septempber 15, 2010 Center for Animal Law Studies | email CALS Do you have questions about animal law? Do you want to find out how to get involved ? In this podcast, you will meet the Animal Law Program faculty and staff, the editor-in-chief of Animal [...]
"Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their
A conversation between Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, and Susan Thistlethwaite, President of Chicago Theological Seminary. In her book Failing America's Faithful, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend issues a spiritual call to arms to those who feel like her that today's churches—Catholic and Protes
Explaining the Piano to Children
Expert Village video. This is the third lesson. This lesson is taught by Hope Wells. How to teach kids high and low keys on the piano, including tips for making it fun. Good quality video. Video would be good for any age student who is learning to play the piano.
Dr. Paul Alivisatos (Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and Director of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at Berkeley) and Paul Freedman welcome the attendees of Measuring Nothing and Getting It Right - A Symposium Honoring Stuart J. Freedman (http://freedman2014.org).
Finding No Hidden Variables
"Measuring 'Nothing' and Getting It Right" - a symposium in honor of the physics career of Dr. Stuart Freedman (http://freedman2014.org): Dr. Tony Nero (Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) speaks about Dr. Stuart Freedman's 1972 experiment (with Dr. John Clauser). The theory of "hidden variables" is discussed, including its motivation, conduct, and results, as well as factors affecting how credit was apportioned for its success.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson recounts the controversy about America's favorite former planet -- Pluto. He talks with Ira in the NPR studio in New York about the new rules for planetary status.
Language in the Brain, Mouth and the Hands
This hour long college lecture is about the most uniquely human abilities is the capacity for creating and understanding language. This lecture introduces students to the major topics within the study of language: phonology, morphology, syntax and recursion. This lecture also describes theories of language acquisition, arguments for the specialization of language, and the commonalities observed in different languages across cultures. This is usable for advanced students.
The Magic School Bus Gets Programmed - Computers
Mr. Rhule, the principal, gets a new computer, and it's Ms. Frizzle's class' job to open up the school and set up his computer. Carlos's brother, Mikey (from Getting Energized), is a computer expert. After he sets the computer up to raise the flag, make the coffee in the teachers' lounge and ring the bell, he goes on his own trip to see the inner workings of the computer. As usual, something goes wrong, and Mikey has set the computer to do the tasks every minute instead of everyday. Can the clas
Native American Response
Native American Response
"U.S.-Cuban Academic Relations Part I: The Politics of U.S.-Cuban Exchanges"
Wayne Smith, Center for International Policy and Louis Pérez, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
U.S. and Cuban scholars involved in academic, scientific, and cultural research face significant difficulties in maintaining open and thorough dialogue with each other due to restrictions governing travel between the two countries. Such