The Reconstruction of American Journalism
A lecture delivered by Michael Schudson, author of the 2009 report of the same title, on the state of American journalism, The report proposes new steps to support quality public affairs reporting.
BEYOND KYOTO: Green Innovation and Enterprise for the 21st Century - Emerging Technologies
There is a great deal of innovation in the areas of green enterprise and clean technology in Oxford and the greater Oxford-London-Cambridge region, resenting an infrastructural advantage supported by world-class universities and businesses. The Oxford Business and Environment Network, with the support of Saïd Business School, the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, the Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, is organising t
When the Audience Clicks: Buying Attention in the Digital Age
Discussion of media buying and the attention-creation industry - showing how the fixation on audiences' click-like behaviour is a disruptive institutional force, and how buyers' new approaches to attention are creating new forms of social discrimination. A huge part of the media business is about getting people's attention and proving it to advertisers. The goal is to present people with interesting stuff-articles, videos, music - so they will see commercial messages that ride along, and sometim
Man in the Black Hat: Who is to Blame for the Subprime Crisis?
Timothy Sinclair analyses the way in which all financial crises seem to generate an explicitly political hunt for the culprit, and asks whether the American credit rating agencies legitimately fill such a role in the ongoing credit crunch.
The French Revolution and British Politics
This lecture considers the impact of the French Revolution on parliamentary politics in the 18th century – the broader context will be evaluated in the next lecture.
Print and Politics
Any analysis of print culture should consider the reach, audience and reception of the printed word. National literacy rates were steadily rising throughout the 18th century. By 1800 around 60% of men and 30% of women were signing their own names in marriage registers although there were wide regional variations. Literacy can be measured in a more qualitative manner by looking at the demand for reading materials. Reading aloud to others was common in the 18th and 19th centuries. Reading rooms, C
Lunch Poems: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
Born in Beijing, China, but raised in Massachusetts, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge molds language with seemingly effortless beauty and grace that invites the reader on a journey between worlds. Among many other awards and distinctions, Berssenbrugge has received two NEA Fellowships and two American Book Awards. She has published three books of poetry, and Hiddenness, a collaboration with Richard Tuttle. Her selected poems, I Love Artists, is forthcoming from UC Press (April, 2006). She lives in New Mexi
Nathaniel Rose, Said Business School, MBA graduate 1999, United States
Nathaniel Rose spent his early professional life working as a systems programmer, art director and business analyst... before becoming an architect for Gensler, a leading New York practice. To make the transition into business, Rose decided to study for his MBA and was drawn to Oxford because of its internationalism. After completing the MBA programme, Rose returned to New York and has since worked with UBS Financial Services and Morgan Stanley, where he is the Chief of Staff and chief operating
Afta Thoughts On Nafta
Brad DeLong "Afta Thoughts On Nafta" "I was a true believer in NAFTA--the North American Free Trade Agreement. Now my faith is not gone but shaken." So states Brad DeLong, economist and creator of one of the net's most popular weblogs on economics, at www.j-bradford-delong.net. J. Bradford DeLong is Professor of Economics and Chair of the Political Economy major at the University of California at Berkeley. He also serves as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and w
A Conversation with Ambassador Joseph Wilson, IV
Called by President George H. W. Bush - a true American hero, Ambassador Joe Wilson has been involved in international politics for more than twenty years. As the acting U.S. ambassador in Iraq during Operation Desert Shield, the massive U.S. buildup in Saudi Arabia after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, Wilson was responsible for freeing 150 American hostages seized by Iraq. He was the last American official to meet with Hussein before the first Gulf War. During his highly-decorated career, Wilso
Marcus Freeman and his owner: Slavery in Kansas Territory
Slavery in Kansas Territory was a reality. Listen to the penalties imposed for encouraging slaves to escape or rebel and to a "bill of sale" for an African American woman. Hear Marcus Freeman's reminiscence of his life as a slave with his owner who was only three months older and with whom he grew up. Musical selections performed by The Free Staters (www.thefreestaters.com) and Sweet Honey In The Rock (www.sweethoney.com).
The Rocky Road To Kansas, Part Two, Ellen Goodnow and Maria Felt: "advise those young men who brough
Ellen Goodnow and Maria Felt were early settlers sponsored by antislavery groups who wanted Kansas Territory to be admitted to the Union as a free state. Both of these women sent encouraging reports back east about their journeys to Kansas Territory and the new settlements there. Goodnow's husband Isaac was a co-founder of the town of Boston (later Manhattan), K. T. Goodnow quotes her husband as stating, "advise those young men who brought such doleful reports about Kansas, not to leave the s
A Gift of Opportunity: Harry Colmery and the GI Bill of Rights
Harry Colmery, a Topekan, is credited with writing the initial draft of the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the GI Bill of Rights. He was part of a committee formed by the national American Legion to secure benefits for those men and women who served in World War II. This pod cast features Colmery's testimony to Congress about what the United States owed to the men and women who had fought for the freedom and liberty of their country. Many historians credit the GI Bill w
Young Love: Martha Farnsworth Diary
Martha Farnsworth was a prolific diary writer, recording her daily experiences from 1882 through 1922 with only minor gaps. This podcast features entries from Martha's diary that describe her courtship and first marriage to John W. Shaw, a post man in Topeka, Kansas. In these entries, Martha is in her early twenties and describes her involvement with several boyfriends, including breaking off an engagement with one of them. She is very candid about her feelings and many of her diary entries ar
Battle of the Bulge, A Kansas Story
"In early December of 1944, Second Lieutenant Martin Jones of the 106th Division of the Army moved through Belgium to the German border. Jones and his division were scattered through the Ardennes forest when the Germans began moving tanks across the border. The battle that ensued, called the Battle of the Bulge, lasted from December 16, 1944 through January 25, 1945 and claimed over 75,000 casualties and prisoners of war. He recalls the engagement and his subsequent capture at the hands of the G
American Memory: North Carolina educator's guide
Each month during 2007, LEARN NC will feature an in-depth look at one aspect of the Library of Congress' American Memory with a special focus on North Carolina materials.
Interview With Robert Layher About Experiences In World War II
Robert Fonzo Layher enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1939 and was assigned to the North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego, when he resigned his commission to join the American Volunteer Group. This was a covert operation that served with the Chinese Air Force under U. S. General Claire Chennault. Since it was organized before the U. S. declared war on Japan, the pilots were technically working for a private military contractor to guarantee that supplies reached the Republic of China's armed for
Clark Bruster To His Family, June-Sept. 1917
Clark Bruster's great-grandfather was an early settler of Waverly, N. Y., a village on the New York/Pennsylvania border. Harvey and Cora Bruster raised Clark and his brothers there in the early 1900s. Waverly had about 6,000 residents at that time. Clark had finished school and begun working as a meat salesman in nearby Elmira, when the U.S. entry into World War I changed his life dramatically. From Fort Slocum on Long Island, Clark boarded a train to travel to Fort Riley, Kansas, in June 1917,
Underlining Titles of Books & Poems
The titles of books and poems should be underlined if the book or
the poem is large. Learn about underlining title novels and epic poetry with help from a certified tutor in this video clip.
The child in 19th Century fiction - Jacqueline Labbe
Professor Jacqueline Labbe on the child in 19th century fiction.