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Funeral
'Funeral' is a collage-style work that incorporates images of many different landscapes. As voices apologize, the viewer is subjected to images of moving trains, a cabin in the woods, mountains, and a hawk moving through the sky. Dizzying and sometimes out of focus, the piece incorporates still and projected images into its ever-moving scenery. Some black-and-white pictures appear. 'Funeral,' which is approximately six minutes long, was conceived by Marina Zurkow, with Abigail Simon serving as a
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Darkness of My Language
"A video poem on colonialism, 'Darkness of My Language' reveals how this system defines personal identities and perpetuates cultural ignorance. Produced in Canada by Brazilian Silvana Afram, the program is both documentary in nature as well as subjective in tone. While the soundtrack is composed of tourists' exasperating questions, the images evoke the artist" distance from home." In black and white, closeups of faces are accompanied by voiceover attempts to respond to questions about Brazilian
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Vacation II
'Connors creates a fantasy vacation in limitless circumstances by constructing a travelogue that moves from New England forests to the bottom of the sea, to outer space and to all corners of the world. The artist uses video effects such as computer-assisted animation, editing processes, and sophisticated matting techniques as metaphors for perceptual experience.' Using both miniature sets and still and moving images of various environments, Betsy Connors evokes both real and virtual spaces.
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More TV Stories
A woman, probably Segalove, narrates brief dramatizations of six anecdotal stories, each of which relates in some way to watching television. The dramatizations are humorous and mainly autobiographical, featuring performers wearing everyday clothing in everyday environments. Produced and directed by Ilene Segalove. The individual segments are as follow: The Pastrami Sandwich: A child watches the Burns and Allen show and realizes he wants a pastrami sandwich. Dial 116: A child watching television
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Joan Jonas in 'Double Lunar Dogs'
'Double Lunar Dogs,' 1984, is an impressionistic, dramatic work by video artist Joan Jonas. It juxtaposes several scenes to create the picture of the life of the inhabitants of a traveling spaceship, whose destination has long since been forgotten, and who remember life on earth as it has been passed down to them from their ancestors on board the ship. The work addresses the question of what these travelers remember of Earth. In this short sequence, two women paint each other's portraits on tran
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Stable Isotopes
This site features a lecture about isotope fractionation from a geochemistry course offered by Dr. Scott Wood at the University of Idaho. Topics include isotopic fractionation and the fundamental reasons for its occurrence, the notation used in measuring and reporting stable isotope fractionation, isotopic variations of meteoric waters with respect to latitude and altitude, the use of oxygen and hydrogen isotopes as tracers of the origin of waters, the use of stable isotopes as geothermometers,
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River Systems: Process and Form
This site provides access to a number of visual resources and supporting material about physical processes acting in rivers and floodplains. Visualizations include simple animations, visual output from numerical models, sediment transfer movies, and numerous static illustrations and photos. Resources can be integrated into lectures, labs, classes, or other activities about fluvial processes and landscape evolution over time.
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Solar System Animations
This site features Flash animations that illustrate phases of the moon, distances between planets, total, partial, and annular eclipses, and solar system formation that includes an example of the impact that created the moon. These resources are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities.
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The Frankish Building: A Reflection of the Success of Ontario, California
helps students gauge the impact of the Chaffey brothers and Charles Frankish on Ontario, California, and compare their efforts with those of similarly important figures in their own community's history.
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Outline of Prehistory and History
This site outlines historical features of the Southeast U.S. and the Caribbean culture regions. Learn about the natural history of the area, its native populations, exploration, colonization, and maritime history. The site also includes a feature on underwater archeology.
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Two American Entrepreneurs: Madam C.J. Walker and J.C. Penney
This site features the life stories of two business people who lived the American Dream and who helped make that dream a reality for others in their communities. It tells how Walker, an African American woman, and Penney, a former tuberculosis patient, built from scratch their multi-million and billion dollar businesses.
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Lexington, Kentucky: The Athens of the West
highlights 29 places that illustrate the transformation of the city from a small frontier post during the Revolutionary War into a center of economic, intellectual, and political activity. Photos, maps, and essays are included.
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Liberty Ships and Victory Ships, America's Lifeline in War
tells the story of two World War II ship-building efforts. In 1941, with war raging in Europe, President Roosevelt authorized the production of 441-foot cargo ships. These Liberty ships proved too slow and small, so in 1943, a new effort began building Victory ships, which cruised at 18.5 mph, compared to the Liberty's 12.5 mph. By the war's end, the Maritime Commission had built 2,751 Liberty and 531 Victory ships.
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Weir Farm: Home of an American Impressionist
This site examines the farm acquired by painter Alden Weir (1852-1919), where he summered for nearly 40 years (northeast of New City). At a time railroads were expanding, populations were increasing, and America's agrarian system was being replaced by industry, Weir was an artist who found inspiration in the quiet everyday settings of New England, and, in many ways, defined our vision of the American landscape.
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The News About the News
This lesson will invite students to explore how news shows are constructed and to assess the way a newscast prioritizes different categories of news.
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The Lotus Seed: Understanding Heritage and Immigration
These lessons are introduced through the Reading Rainbow episode featuring this story which is about a Vietnamese girl who saves a lotus seed to remind herself of her homeland and journey to America. Through viewing and discussion of the video and subsequent investigation of the web resources, students will develop an understanding of culture and history.
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Seeing it My Way
Students will work to recognize constructed media messages, identify the elements that make up media images, analyze the conventions in media messages that create point of view, and examine the different ways that viewpoints position the spectator or reader in different ways.
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Reporting the Truth from Baghdad
Students will understand the major turning points in the history of Iraq, explore the ideas of freedom of the press and responsibilities of reporters, and examine various news reports through a critical lens.
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Reading Photographs
This lesson will encourage students to develop the skills of visual literacy in response to photographs.
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Urban Renewal
Urban renewal policies enacted in San Francisco's Fillmore district in the 1950s-60s provide a vivid case study in public policy, federal and local government, and citizen activism. This important history sheds light on present-day urban renewal policies, such as empowerment zones and welfare-to-work.
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