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Authors@Google: Jonathan Bender
There are 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world, and at age 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn't have a single one of them. While reconsidering his childhood dream of becoming a master model builder for The LEGO Group, he discovers the men and women who are skewing the averages with collections of hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks. What is it about the ubiquitous, brightly colored toys that makes them so hard for everyone to put down? In search of answers and adventure, Jonatha
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Jeff Smith: 2010 National Book Festival
Graphic novelist Jeff Smith appears at the 2010 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: A co-founder of the 1990s self-publishing movement and an early adopter of the graphic novel format, Jeff Smith is best known as the writer and artist of "BONE," an award- winning adventure about three cartoon cousins lost in a world of myth and ancient mysteries. In 2008, Smith was the subject of a documentary called "The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE, and the Changing Face of Comics." Besides "BONE" and
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Letters About Literature: 2010 National Book Festival
The Letters About Literature presentation at the 2010 National Book Festival. Letters About Literature, a national reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is presented in partnership with Target. Each year students in grades 4 through 12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author, explaining how that author"s work has changed their view of the world or of themselves. For the 2009-2010 Letters About Literature program, 70,000 students
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Michael Buckley: 2010 National Book Festival
Author Michael Buckley appears at the 2010 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Michael Buckley's Grimm future began at birth in Akron, Ohio. He attended Ohio University, where he worked on the school newspaper, hosted his own live television talk show and formed a comedy troupe. After graduating with honors he moved to New York City to find his fortune, but instead found work as a pasta maker, hamburger flipper, personal assistant, stand-up comic and even a singer in a punk rock band. Ev
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Phillip M. Hoose & Claudette Colvin: 2010 National Book Festival
Authors Phillip M. Hoose and Claudette Colvin appear at the 2010 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Phillip M. Hoose is the widely acclaimed author of books, essays, stories, songs and articles, including the National Book Award-winning "Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice" (Macmillan). (Colvin will appear with Hoose during his presentation.) Hoose is also the author of the multi-award winning "The Race to Save the Lord God Bird," the National Book Award finalist "We Were There Too!:
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Jonathan Safan Foer: 2010 National Book Festival
Author Jonathan Safran Foer appears at the 2010 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of novels and nonfiction works. His work has received numerous awards and been translated into 36 languages. His thesis from Princeton became his novel "Everything Is Illuminated," which won the National Jewish Book Award and was made into a motion picture. His second novel, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," used the events of 9/11 to tell the story of a 9-year-old
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Postwar Antisemitism
Professor Julianne Wetzel speaks about antisemitism in Germany since World War II
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Globally Connected Learning
Let’s explore the why and how of globally connected learning. From Global Competencies, connections, collaborations and communication to tools and projects designed and created for your students to investigate the world, bring in perspective, knowledge, skill and disposition. Walk through the steps of becoming a globally connected teacher in order to open up their classroom walls and connect their students to the world.
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8.8 Hinduism as ‘a world religion’: a more recent understanding

Traditionally, as we have seen, a Hindu was someone born to Hindu parents and into a caste with its appropriate dharma. The link between religious
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6.3 Setting things apart

The tendency within religious behaviour to set things apart from the everyday does not just apply to time and place but also to ideas of authority (leaders and texts), to beliefs more generally, to institutions and to aspects of behaviour as, for example, in dress and diet. In fact, the concept of ‘religion/religious’ is often set over and against the concept of the ‘temporal’ and the ‘secular’, which both suggest an outlook that is concerned solely with this world,
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5.4 A dimensional model of religion

Given the problems of devising a succinct definition of religion, some contemporary scholars have produced broader profiles of religion without claiming to identify one distinguishing characteristic. One example of this kind of approach is the seven-dimensional model of religion proposed by Ninian Smart, a specialist in the study of world religions. Smart argues that, if his model is adequate, ‘then we do not need to worry greatly about further definition of religion’ (Smart, 1989, p
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4.2 Reasons for studying religion

Exercise 7

Identify and jot down reasons that you think might prompt someone to make a study of religion.

Discussion

Here are some reasons in no sp
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2 That special day

It's that special day in the week again. People begin to gather, set apart by their passionate convictions and the symbols that bind them together. Some stand by and scoff but the like-minded take strength from each other and stride proudly on, indifferent to those who do not share their commitment. For those caught up since birth (the less sympathetic might say ‘indoctrinated’) by their elders' commitment and enthusiasm, this is the climax of their week.

How can an observer co
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1.1 The videos: religion in Liverpool

The following clips take a look at religion in Liverpool. You will hear people with different beliefs speaking for themselves. This will provide you with the ‘raw data’ of religion as lived.

The clips are intended to provoke reflection and discussion, including disagreement, about the topic of religion.

At its simplest level the video clips provide descriptive insights into the beliefs and practices of a range of communities in the city of Liverpool. It thus provides a vi
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Boiler Bytes: Reserve Officers Training Corps
ROTC at Purdue dates back to 1888, and until 1964 male students were required to either join ROTC or band. ROTC enrollment at Purdue has ranged from 850 to 3,275 during World War II. Today, about 480 students are enrolled in all three ROTC branches. http://www.purdue.edu/vpsa/ROTC/rotc.php
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Media Space - Episode 2: Elan Lee, Founder/Chief Designer at Fourth Wall Studios
One of the inventors of the alternate reality game genre, Elan Lee has spent his career finding and sharing ways to extract adventure from the world around us. In this episode of Media Space, Lee discusses his pioneering breakthroughs in the area of entertainment and immersive gaming. Lee started his career at the Microsoft Games Studio before co-founding 42 Entertainment - the company behind I Love Bees, Nine Inch Nails: Year Zero, and The Dark Knight. Learn more about Media Space and watch fu
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Esther Brimmer, assistant secretary of State for International Organization Affairs
Esther Brimmer, assistant secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, spoke about "The United States at the U.N. and Beyond: A World of Transnational Challenges." at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) on Wednesday, September 15 at 12:30 p.m.
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Whyville
Whyville is an educational Internet site geared towards preteens and children. Its goal is to engage its users in learning about a broad range of topics, from science and business to art and geography. As a simulation based virtual world, Whyville's users engage in games and roleplay sponsored by a wide range of governmental, non-profit, and corporate entities. Launched in 1999, by Numedeon Inc, Whyville was one of the first virtual worlds for children, and is one of the few virtual worlds whose
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Sabina Kirshenbaum describes how Orthodox men tried to prevent the Nazis from shaving their beards
Sabina Kirshenbaum describes how Orthodox men tried to prevent the Nazis from shaving their beards. The testimonies were prepared by the "Kiddush Hashem Archives" in Bnei Brak with the cooperation of the Testimonies Collection Department in Yad Vashem.
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Moscow metro derailment kills at least 12, injures 120
At least 12 people were killed and up to 120 injured when a Moscow underground train derailed between two stations during the morning rush hour. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national
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