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John Higgins on William Blake
On Thursday 22 October the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) Great Texts Big Questions lecturer is John Higgins a highly respected Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Cape Town (UCT) who will discuss a lyric by William Blake "Never seek to tell thy love love that never told can be." Higgins will show how readings of a single poem can also serve to exemplify some of the main intellectual and analytic currents of the past forty years including
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George Ellis on The Nature of the Physical World
On Thursday 17 September the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts GIPCA Great Texts Big Questions lecture will present an opportunity to hear one of the worlds leading cosmologists discuss the way scientific and everyday views of the nature of things relate to each other. How do relativity theory quantum theory and cosmological theory change our views of the world and the universe? How do they relate to every day life? George Ellis Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University
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The Will of the People
What did the founders really intend for our democracy? Political Science Professor Quentin Kidd talks about how the government was built and how Americans have adapted it.Author(s): No creator set

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The Gulf of Mexico: Investigating the potential for hidden threats
Penn State Professor of Biology Chuck Fisher is very familiar with the Gulf of Mexico. More specifically with the sea floor of the Gulf of Mexico. Following the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster, concerns arose about the potential for long term damage to the sea floor and its inhabitants . Professor Fisher and a team of scientist from across the nation are investigating how the unique life forms that dwell deepest in the Gulf are adapting and surviving. Produced for Penn State by Patrick Mansel
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UK Spending Cuts
Professor Joe Nellis examines the implications of the UK comprehensive spending review.
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Peggy Kreshel, AdViews Expert Interviews
AdViews: A Digital Archive of Historic Television Commercials. http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adviews Peggy Kreshel is an associate professor of advertising at the University of Georgia. She discusses her research on women in advertising. View the AdViews collection online: http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adviews
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George Grody, AdViews Expert Interviews
AdViews: A Digital Archive of Historic Television Commercials. http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adviews George Grody is a visiting professor at Duke University in the Markets & Management Studies Program, and served as a marketing executive with Procter & Gamble for 26 years. View the AdViews collection online: http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adviews
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GIPCA Great Texts / Big Questions Public Lectures 2009
GIPCA Great Texts Big Questions popular lecture series provides an opportunity to hear leading intellectuals discuss one of life's big questions or a significant book or artwork. All of the lectures from 2009 were recorded and are now available online. Below is a brief summary of each talk. Follow the link above to the download page for the mp3 lectures. On Thursday 13 August AIDS activist Zackie Achmat will give a free public lecture on "The Communist Manifesto" by Karl Marx and "The Gettysburg
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Bobby Seale interview
Excerpt from program dealing with the impact of Malcolm X on African American political and intellectual leadership in the United States. Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panthers, talks about the impact of the murder of Malcolm X on the Black Panther movement.
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Evening with Eartha Kitt, An
Eartha Kitt talks about her early childhood. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with vocalist and actress Eartha Kitt, in Boston with the production of Timbuktu! Topics include Timbuktu! as an extension of Kitt's Kismet, how long the show has been traveling, her role in Timbuktu! , the music in the production, ...
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Historical justifications for the institution of slavery
Dr. Stephen L. Chorover of the MIT Psychology Department talks about the medical community in the 1850's, and the means by which it justified slavery.
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Annie Johnson
Fritz Wetherbee reports that Annie Johnson (Boston resident) will receive the Living Legacy Award in Washington DC. Wetherbee reports that Johnson grew up in Boston and organized domestic workers through the Women's Service Clubs of Boston in the 1960s. Wetherbee notes that Johnson led the workers on a campaign for benefits. Wetherbee interviews Johnson in her home. Johnson talks about the importance of helping others. Johnson discusses her relative, Eleanor Graves Chandler, who was an early com
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Franz Minuty discusses voodooism
Franz Minuty, lecturer on Haitan culture, talks about the voodoo religion and what part it plays in Caribbean culture. He seeks to dispel the popular myths of voodoo as barbaric and evil.
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Groundbreaking ceremony for Roxbury Community College campus; Gail Harris interviews Brunetta Wolfma
Gail Harris reports on the ground-breaking ceremony for Roxbury Community College. The report includes footage of Bruce Bolling (Boston City Council) speaking at the ceremony. Harris interviews in-studio guest Brunetta Wolfman (President, Roxbury Community College) about the college. Wolfman talks about the new campus and the need to provide education and training to urban populations. Wolfman talks about a divide between the educated and uneducated populations in Massachusetts.
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Sanola
Excerpt from the film Sanola, a black and white documentary film produced by Ed Pincus and Donald Neuman, and distributed by Cambridgeport Film Corporation. Living in poverty, Sanola (jokingly called 'X Jr.' by friends) talks about the various jobs he has held over the years including a tree surgeon, sawmill hand, and a soft shoe dancer.
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African Americans and the United States judicial system
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz comments on the inability for Black Americans to receive fair treatment in the United States judicial system.
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Nobel Prize in Physics: George F. Smoot
Cosmologist George F. Smoot, who led a team that obtained the first images of the infant universe, confirming the predictions of the Big Bang theory of its origins, has been awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics. Smoot, a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and an astrophysicist ...
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The Holloway Series in Poetry: Fanny Howe
Fanny Howe with graduate poet Yosefa Raz Introduced by UC Berkeley English PhD Candidate, Natalia Cecire One of the most widely read experimental poets today and the author of over twenty books of poetry, fiction, and essays, Fanny Howe hardly requires introduction to the Bay Area poetry community. Howe's wiry lyrics construct spaces of unsparing sincerity in which to examine and interrogate the embodied qualities of moral abstractions like mercy, guilt, and awe. Scouting through the complex te
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Why a Massachusetts Liberal Will Be the Next President (and Other Amazing Prophecies)
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich will offer his predictions about this fall's historic civic exercise. His Distinguished Lecture in Public Policy is provocatively titled "Why a Massachusetts Liberal Will Be the Next President (and Other Amazing Prophesies)". A professor at the Goldman School ...
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Berkeley Writers at Work: Linda Williams
Professor Linda Williams, Director of the Film Studies Program, is the author of "Hard Core: Power, Pleasure and the Frenzy of the Visible" and "Playing the Race Card: Melodramas of Black and White, from Uncle Tom to O.J. Simpson". She reads from her work and discusses her writing process. This event took place March 4, 2003 in the Morrison Library, UC Berkeley.
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