Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, The: A Video Opera
'The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle' is divided into several distinct sections, the contents of which are described as follow: Act 1: The Gloria: Nature scenes accompanied by opera punctuated by flashes of city scenes, followed by shots of city landscapes; Interlude 1: Computer graphic shots of sexless bodies; Act 2: Pursuit for Plastic: Children play among ruins, accompanied by a score of children singing; two boys push and shove before one of the boys runs off into a field; Interlude 2: Comp
'Color Schemes' features twelve performers and writers of color who collaborate to recount incidents of racism, particularly racism in the entertainment industry. The work uses the metaphor of washing a load of colored clothing and is divided up into four sections based on laundry cycles. Cycle One, 'Soak,' opens with an archival piece of animation about the price of labor, with a particularly offensive rendition of a Chinese man who is referred to repeatedly as a 'coolie.' In a staged vignette,
Based on a thirteenth-century Icelandic myth, 'Volcano Saga' recounts the tales of a young woman (portrayed by Tilda Swinton) whose dreams foretell the future.
A young man finds himself in a love triangle involving his brother and his brother's girlfriend, so he turns to Jesus, by calling him on a pay phone. An experimental narrative, 'Radio Inside' explores the struggle between faith and flesh, where black-and-white imagery is contrasted with the protagonist's own thoughts presented in the form of music from various radio channels, from gospel to rock and roll. Contemporary in its style and preoccupations, 'Radio Inside' expresses a particular kind of
Meaning of the Interval
'Meaning of the Interval' is a reflection on openings or intervals that the Japanese call 'ma,' and how they apply to any number of activities in Japan. 'Ma' can be architectural space, the vast stretches of empty space employed in Japanese scroll paintings, or the time between one utterance and another on the Noh stage. Images from Japanese public life, ceremonies, and performances are juxtaposed and layered. Sometimes a split-screen approach is used. Scenes include a Butoh dance performance,
'Hart Island' tells the story of the uses of Hart Island, which has served as an internment locale for homeless men, drug addicts, and prisoners, and as a defense training ground. The work alternates images of Hart Island and the activity there with visual text describing its history. Close-up views of men unloading boxes and digging holes are seen. As the text gradually makes clear, these men are inmates from Rikers Island prison on a work crew. Their job is to bury the unclaimed dead (includin
Back Stairs at Brucemore: Life as Servants in Early 20th Century America
looks at the role of servants at a 33-acre estate during the early 1900s. The 21-room mansion was built in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the 1880s with a separate entrance, dining area, and stairs for servants. Servants cleaned house, supervised children, washed laundry, cooked meals, cared for the garden and farm animals, and maintained carriages and cars. Floor plans, photos, and diary excerpts are included.
Going Away Party, The
'The Going Away Party,' by Dan Boord and Greg Durbin, is a dramatic work about corruption among Oklahoma county officials. It is based on the true stories of incidents of corruption amongst Oklahoma's elected county commissioners. This segment is from the dramatic 'reenactment,' showing friends and supporters of Burrows, a commissioner sentenced to serve a jail term, at a going-away party.
Floyd Bennett Field: Naval Aviation's Home in Brooklyn
recounts the role of this airport in aviation history and World War II. In 1931, it was among the most advanced airports in the world. From it, early aviators launched pioneering and round-the-world flights during the 1930s. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, its duties as Naval Air Station New York grew rapidly. During the 1942 U-Boat offensive, it provided air cover for ship convoys embarking from New York.
Tectosilicates, Carbonates, Oxides, & Accessory Minerals
This site from Tulane University consists of a lecture by Dr. Stephen Nelson on tectosilicate, oxide and carbonate minerals. The site features a table and description of the minerals in each group, including the nine types of SiO2, the different feldspars, and the calcite group. Optical and physical properties are explained, as well as the environment in which each mineral crystallizes.
Radioactive Decay and Absolute Age Determinations
This site provides access to a number of visual resources and supporting material illustrating the concept of radioactive decay and its central role in radiometric dating. Visualizations include diagrams, graphs, static illustrations and photos. Resources found on this site are suitable for use in lectures and classes and may also be used as the basis for labs or other activities.
Properties of Contour Lines
This site features several Flash animations that illustrate the concept of isopleths, or contour lines of equal value. Most of the animations are interactive and allow the user to interpret contour spacing, hachured lines, and valley/ridge placement. One animation allows the user to practice drawing contour lines. These resources are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities.
National Mall and Memorial Parks
provides information about the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, Ford's Theatre, the Franklin Roosevelt Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and more.
Bough Down to Trees
Students become familiar with the impact trees have in their lives and learn about some of the conservation issues that we face in the 21st century.
Assessing the Biological Weapons and Bioterrorism Threat
BIOSECURITY FOR A NEW ERA Lecture Series Biological weapons (BW) have been a significant national security preoccupation for nearly 15 years. The events of September 11 and the anthrax attacks that followed have magnified these concerns by orders of magnitude while shifting the context almost entirely to "bioterrorism." Over the past four years, the federal government has spent nearly $30 billion to counter the anticipated threat. Strangely, these responses took place in the absence of virtuall
Not your mother's math teacher
North Carolina's 2001-2002 Teacher of the Year, Carmen Wilson, talks about real-world math and teachers' roles as professionals.
Distinguished Innovator Lecture Series: Peter Wolken
Peter Wolken, AVI Management Partners Peter has been a successful venture capitalist for more than 25 years. His long and successful venture capital and operating experience enables him to quickly evaluate emerging information technologies. Peter founded (1982) and was a General Partner at Associated Venture Investors (AVI), which managed $140M across three funds. AVI specialized in seed and early-stage investments in information technology companies positioned for high growth. AVI's financial
Max Boot, 2003 Nimitz Speaker: Does America Need an Empire?
The 2003 Nimitz Speaker Max Boot is Olin Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard. His last book, The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power (Basic Books) was selected as one of the best books of 2002 by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and The Christian Science Monitor. He is now writing his next book, a history of military technology revolutions over the past 500
Lunch Poems: Cornelius Eady
Cornelius Eady's poetry meets the world's absurdities head-on with his own deft paradoxes. His highly personal use of language never detracts from its hard-hitting content. Eady's seven books of poetry include The Autobiography of a Jukebox, and his latest, Brutal Imagination. He's won the Academy of American Poets' Lamont Prize and teaches creative writing at CCNY.
Judith Wallerstein: The Future of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
What lessons have we learned about child and adolescent treatment? What are the critical treatment needs of California's children and families? This program will offer an opportunity to hear from one of the leading authorities on this critical policy and practice issue facing mental health clinicians and social service professionals today. Dr. Wallerstein is an authority on the effects of divorce on children and their families. She is the co-author of the bestseller, The Unexpected Legacy of Di