Saim Kinte recalls his first meeting witk Alex Haley
Following on the massive popularity and interest in Alex Haley's book and television miniseries Roots', The Gambia' focuses on three members of the Gambian Cultural Mission who met with Elma Lewis (Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists) to discuss their participation: Siam Kinte (cousin of Alex Haley and a Gambian), Dr. Lenri Peters (medical doctor, Chairman of the Monuments and Relics Commission of Gambia and head of the cultural delegation to the United States), and Bakari S
South Boston High School
Graffiti written in large white letters on G Street reads, 'Go home, Jerome. You failed.' (Graffiti refers to South Boston High School Headmaster Jerome Wynegar.) African American and white members of a girls' softball team stand on the steps outside of South Boston High School. A few school officials, police officers and others, including Eric Van Loon (attorney for the plaintiffs, Morgan v. Hennigan), are gathered on the steps of the school. Police are stationed along G Street as school buses
Students at English High School
Footage of African American and white students at work in the pottery studio at English High School. Footage of an African American teacher teaching a history class at English High School. The class discusses social unrest in the 1960s and government efforts to fight poverty. Footage of African American and white students passing through a hallway and use escalators at English High School. Sharon Stevens (WGHB reporter) reports that Arthur Garrity (federal judge) has called for a new code of dis
The Holloway Series in Poetry: Claudia Rankine
Claudia Rankine with graduate poet Megan Pugh Introduced by UC Berkeley English PhD Candidate, Charles Legere A true poet's poet, Jamaican-born writer Claudia Rankine is sure to engage and arrest even the most jaded of bay area poetry readers. Rankine's poetry is some of the most innovative and thoughtful work to emerge in recent years. In a genre-bending and ever fluid set of poems, she continually explores and reanimates the unsettling landscape of contemporary American life, human relationsh
The Pulse of Scientific Freedom in the Age of Biotech Industry
A conversation with: Arpad Pusztai, John Losey, Tyrone Hayes, and Ignacio Chapela. Introduced by Michael Pollan. Moderated by Mark Dowie. The four participants in this conversation have performed simple, yet dramatic discoveries in Biology that question the wisdom of a quarter century of commitment ...
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
Daniel Ellsberg: Secrecy, Freedom and Empire
In 1971, foreign-policy analyst Daniel Ellsberg became the most important whistleblower of the 20th century when he leaked the Pentagon Papers to the national media -- setting in motion a chain of events that unraveled the Nixon presidency and eventually brought an end to the Vietnam War. On Wednesday, ...
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
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 ...
Berkeley Writers at Work: Elaine Kim
Berkeley Writers at Work: Asian American literary figure Elaine Kim Elaine Kim, UC Berkeley professor of Asian American Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies , will read from her work, be interviewed about her writing process, and answer questions from the audience for the Writers at Work series. ...
Distinguished Innovator Lecture Series: Chris Rittler
Chris Rittler, Vice President of Business Development and Product Management, Tropos Networks Chris Rittler is Tropos Networks' Vice President of Business Development and Product Management. He has over 15 years of experience in the wireless systems industry bringing exemplary leadership in the creation of strategy and the development of products for the wireless carrier market. He leads the company's business development and product managment teams. Mr. Rittler was most recently the Senior
Lunch Poems: Michael Palmer
The recent recipient of the prestigious Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens award for "outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry," Michael Palmer is regarded as "one of America's most important poets" by Harvard Review. The voice in his poems shifts between one of passive observation and active resistance, graceful and startling in its lyricism and quiet protest. A crucial figure in international poetic dialogue, Palmer has translated into English from Portuguese, Russian, and Fr
Ricardo Lagos & David Bonior: Trade, Development and the Americas
A conversation with: Ricardo Lagos, President of Chile, 2000-2006; Visiting Professor, Center for Latin American Studies, Fall 2006 David Bonior, Professor of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs, Wayne State University; Member of Congress 1977-2003; House Democratic Whip 1991-2002 Moderated by: Harley ...
Distinguished Innovator Lecture Series: Mark Albert
Mark Albert has been a transactional attorney for over 17 years, specializing in venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions and initial public offerings. Throughout his career, he has represented over 150 emerging growth companies, assisting them in raising funds in excess of $1 billion in capital. Mark has also successfully completed over 100 acquisition/sales transactions ranging in size from $1 million to over $1 billion. Mark's primary areas of expertise include: internet, software
Historic Pittsburgh, an extensive digital resource created at the University of Pittsburgh, offers both an entry point and substantive classroom resources for teachers of American History at various grade and university levels. This Web site enables access to historic material held by the University of Pittsburgh's University Library System, the Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Chatham College Archives, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, and Point
Two Rivers Ran Through It
In this challenge students will discover the problems that early farmers faced while developing agriculture in "the land between two rivers" and design a working model that solves those unique challenges (also included as a part of Farming in Ancient Mesopotamia unit).
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.
Smithsonian Source: Invention
This section is intended to supplement the curricula, textbooks, and materials you currently use for lessons on American inventions and innovations. The teacher-developed resources in the section will enhance the classroom experience for both you and your students. You might get started by showing the video, which traces the development of the electric guitar. The lesson plans and DBQs are organized by grade level. The DBQ primary sources can stand alone in DBQ exercises. Images of the primary s
Connecting with the Past: Making a Memory Box
Artists across cultures and throughout time have sought to incorporate the multifaceted connections between past and present in their artworks. In many ways, Catlin's lifelong quest and the eventual creation of his "Indian Gallery" can be seen as an attempt to connect what he felt to be the "past" of American Indian society to the "present" of nineteenth-century westward expansion by European Americans. As is evident today, Native American culture is very much alive and present in the fabric of
Smithsonian Source: Transportation
This section is intended to supplement the curricula, textbooks, and materials you currently use for lessons that demonstrate the importance of travel and transportation in American life. The teacher-developed resources will enhance the classroom experience for both you and your students. You might start by viewing the short video, in which curators at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum discuss the achievements and legacy of Amelia Earhart.