The Future of Iraq: the media and public response to the Iraq Commission
Following a series of hearings, Channel 4 aired the findings of the Channel 4/ Foreign Policy Centre Iraq Commission in a special programme presented by Jon Snow on Saturday 14 July 2007. The Commission, the equivalent of the US Iraq Study Group, is an independent, cross-party Commission which has produced recommendations on the future of Britain's role in Iraq. The POLIS event will be the first public debate on the findings of the Iraq Commission. Through incorporative panel debate, it will gau
Nature journaling: A new way to enjoy nature
Nature journaling is a way to record and re-create an image experienced in nature. By combining drawing and writing, the student uses their senses to record what they feel, see, hear and touch at a particular point in time.
Cause and effect
Students will identify and interpret cause and effect as expressed in poetry.
Washington Booker, III
In this oral history from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Washington Booker recalls being arrested and jailed for participating in the Children's Crusade of 1963.
New and changing teacher roles in higher education in a digital age
Digital tools are increasingly being used to support teaching in higher education. The tools place new demands on the tasks and responsibilities of the teacher, and can influence teacher roles. In this study we investigate the long-term use and development of a tool for facilitating the negotiation of meaning in argumentative student texts, through peer and teacher feedback. In this setting we argue that new teacher roles have emerged.
The Road to Brown
This video segment looks at history of the NAACP's efforts to convince the Supreme Court that segregated schools were unconstitutional, leading up to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education cases.
"Organize among Yourselves": Mary Gale on Unemployed Organizing in the Great Depression
The Communist-led Unemployed Councils were the first and the most active of the radical movements that sought to mobilize the jobless during the Great Depression. In this interview, which is taken from the radio series "Grandma Was an Activist," relief worker Mary Gale, who was sympathetic to radicals and the jobless, described how she worked behind the scenes to encourage her clients to organize and demand better treatment. The jobless and the poor had few advocates for them, and radicals like
Frustration versus Fantasy: How the Movies Made Some People Restless
Fears about the impact of movies on youth led to the Payne Fund research project, which brought together nineteen social scientists and resulted in eleven published reports. One of the most fascinating of the studies was carried out by Herbert Blumer, a young sociologist who would later go on to a distinguished career in the field. For a volume that he called Movies and Conduct (1933), Blumer asked more than fifteen hundred college and high school students to write "autobiographies"of their expe
"Drug Him Through the Street": Hughsey Childes Describes Turn-of-the-Century Sharecropping
The sharecropping system that emerged in the South in the last three decades of the 19th century afforded southern black families a certain measure of control over their daily lives and labor. But the white landowners were able to use the legal mechanisms of sharecropping to assure control over the largely African-American workforce that toiled on the farms. Here Hughsey Childes, interviewed by historian Charles Hardy in 1984, described what seems like a matter of fact exchange in which the whit
Quicksand Questions: Short In-class Activity
This Starting Point classroom activity prompts students with questions during a lecture on quicksand. Their answers can be collected with classroom response systems or through a think-pair-share activity. This activity allows an instructor to review the answers with the class and immediately address any points of misunderstanding or content areas that need clarification. The details of this exercise are found on this website, which provides learning goals and context, teaching materials such as
Dr. Randall Forsberg is executive director of the think tank she founded in 1980, the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies. In this video segment, she recalls the moment during arms negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union when she determined that the arms race is not driven by basic deterrence but by the imperative to gain superiority in threatening to win-without actually waging-nuclear war.In her wide-ranging interview for War and Peace in the Nuclear Age: 'Visions
'Way Downtown' combines animated and electronically enhanced still images with scenes of public life from an Asian culture. In the opening sequence a still image is slowly animated to show frantically ticking clocks. Images from advertising and mass media are juxtaposed against scenes of window washers and street crowds. Driving rock music, 'Guitar Trio,' by Rhys Catham accompanies the work. The piece is approximately eight minutes long and was broadcast as a segment of episode 303 (1987) of 'Ne
Trisha and Carmen
Burt Barr looks at the performance of 'Carmen' by Trisha Brown at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Italy Scenes include details of the ornate theater, both empty and with the audience stirring in their seats before the performance. Backstage, Trisha Brown speaks directly to the camera and prepares for the show with a makeup artist. In rehearsal clothes, a duet is shown over and over again. A woman treads her way across the space to her male partner, who slowly lowers her to the ground. This sa
'Two solo performances by two choreographers. Against an incessant beat and a glowing red backdrop, Susan Rose's energetic dancing is captured by dramatic camera angles. Through a series of landscapes, Louise Burns' delicate balletic movements float across the screen.' Susan Rose remains seated throughout her solo, performing intensely focused gestures with her arms and legs. Louise Burns takes to the out-of-doors, executing her precise movements at the beach, along a ridge trail, and overlookin
Processes of River Erosion, Transport, and Deposition
This site features Flash animations and QuickTime movies that illustrate some of the processes associated with river erosion, transport and deposition. Topics include sediment transport processes, such as saltation, sliding, rolling, suspension, and dissolved load; depositional processes, such as the spatial distribution of gravel, sand and clay as a stream enters a lake; and sediment transfer processes, such as sand bar migration and the concept of a graded stream. The site also features 25 Qui
This site features GIFs, Java applets, MPEGs, and Flash animations that illustrate various forms of precipitation and moisture. They include an animation of air parcels and water vapor colliding with condensation nuclei which results in condensation and cloud formation, an interactive precipitation animation applet that allows the user to set wet and dry bulb temperatures to see if snow, ice, freezing rain, sleet, super cooled droplets, raindrops, or drizzle will fall, an animation of lake effec
Weather Front Animations
This site features GIF and Flash animations that illustrate wave cyclone formation and the formation and characteristics of warm, cold, stationary, and occluded fronts. The animations can be paused and rewound to stress important points. These resources are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities.
The Plow that Broke the Plains
This thirties era US Government film from Kansas State University chronicles the boom and bust agriculture on the High Plains. The first section of the film is devoted to the establishment of mechanized agriculture and how it contributed to crop productivity gains. The final section of the film recounts bleak dust bowl conditions, including the migration of displaced farmers.
Petrography and Petrology
This site is the home page for the petrography and petrology class at Brock University. The site presents general information about igneous petrology, nomenclature and classification information, modal and normative analysis, and the chemistry of igneous rocks. Further topics discussed include fractionation, hybridization and assimilation, and fractional crystallization, as well as types of metamorphism, compositional groups, and Barrovian metamorphism. The information is presented as a sequence
Maritime History of Massachusetts
This is is a travel itinerary highlighting 89 historic places that tell the story of Massachusetts' relationship with the sea. Read essays about lighthouses and lifesaving stations, ships and shipbuilding, the U.S. Navy, and maritime commerce.