How Ideas Take Flight - Jennifer Aaker (Stanford GSB)
Stanford Graduate School of Business professor Jennifer Aaker shares the power behind creating ideas that can build momentum. Through her research on the perception of happiness and meaning, Aaker describes how these concepts relate to a successful and powerful social media campaign. A well-planned effort catches audience attention and offers them an engaging story. Aaker, co-author of The Dragonfly Effect, also offers several personal and corporate examples of effective viral campaigns that gar
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"Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq"
Cole book coverA talk by Dahr Jamail, independent journalist and author. As the occupation of Iraq unravels, the demand for independent reporting is growing. Since 2003, unembedded journalist Dahr Jamail has filed indispensable reports from Iraq that have made him this generation's chronicler of the unfolding disaster t
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"National Interests, Regional Concerns: Historicizing Malayalam Cinema"
south asiaA talk by Muraleedharan Tharayil, Dept. of English St. Aloysius College, Elthuruth (University of Calicut, Kerala). Co-sponsors: the South Asia Seminar and the Center for Gender Studies.
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"Japan as Client State"
mccormack book coverA workshop with Gavan McCormack, Professor Emeritus, Australian National University and author of Client State (Verso, 2007). The world's No. 2 power is a paradox. McCormack argues, following his recent book, that understanding of Japan has to begin from grasping its fundamental contradiction, as a 'client state'. Since the end of the Cold War, US pressure has been steadil
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"Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror"
david cole book coverA talk by David Cole, Professor of Law at Georgetown University. In "Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror," Professor Cole and Jules Lobel, two of the country's preeminent constitutional scholars, argue that the great irony is that the Bush administration's sacrifices in the rule of law, adopted in
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"Time and the Sacred"
A discussion with Pance Velkov, Macedonian artist and preservationist. "Time and The Sacred" is a collection of photographs which redresses the general lack of knowledge about religious art of the Republic of Macedonia, and at the same time it provides a venue for acquainting viewers with a unique environment in which Christianity and Islam have coexisted for more than six centuries. Created by Pance Velkov with the support of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, in particular the French Cul
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British Parliamentary and Electoral Politics, 1688-1832.
British Parliamentary and Electoral Politics, 1688-1832.
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"Health Care and Epidemics in Antiquity: The Example of Ancient Mesopotamia"
epidemics posterLecture by Walter Farber, Professor of Assyriology, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago. From the "Epidemics Then & Now: Infectious Diseases Around the World," the 2006 University of Chicago Summer Institute for Educators. Co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies, the Graham School of General Studies, the Center for East Asian Studies, the Center for East Eur
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Roteiro Metodol?gico para Gamifica??o do Geodesign Aplicado ao Planejamento Urbano: Por uma Experi?n
This article aims to present a Methodological Guide to add gamification elements to the Geodesign framework when planning the future of the city, using Geogames such Minecraft, with the participation of children in Tirol, in Brazil. The problematic tackled is related to the challenges that participants of a Geodesign workshop face when co-designing projects as alternative futures for the territory, such as losing engagement and involvement. To support the participants overcome these challenges w
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Literary Festival 2015: Changing Worlds [Audio]
Speaker(s): Neel Mukherjee, Elif Shafak | What are the foundations of society? Two award-winning writers look at the underpinnings of cultures and societies in their writings about the country of their origins, India and Turkey, in conversation with Bidisha. Neel Mukherjee’s second novel, The Lives of Others, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. It has also been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. His first novel, Past Continuous was joint winner of the Vodafone-Crossword Award, I
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Centre for the Arts in Human Development at Concordia University
The Centre for the Arts in Human Development at Concordia University promotes personal growth for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Centre uses four types of creative arts therapies – art, drama, music and dance/movement – to encourage autonomy, improve self-confidence and social skills and enhance overall quality of life for its participants. For more information: http://www.concordia.ca/cahd Music used in video courtesy of Incompetech: "Life of Riley" Kevin Mac
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In honor of last week's PI Day, Raspberry Pi 2 for .NET Developers

Today's project from Jan Tielens is one that will hopefully help hold us over until Windows 10 is available for Raspberry Pi 2. It gets us up and coding today... :)

Getting started with the Raspberry Pi 2, for .NET developers

So you got your shiny Author(s): Greg Duncan

VUCast: Why overweight women lose at work
In the latest VUCast: Learn why overweight women lose in the workplace -- especially when it comes to pay; see breakthrough weapons in the fight against infectious diseases; and hear music legend Sheryl Crow speak about her craft. Watch now!
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1.4.6 Case study 3: Andrew’s death – a hospice death

Andrew was a 23 year-old car mechanic who had been suffering from indigestion for some months before the GP referred him to a hospital consultant, who after a series of tests diagnosed cancer of the colon, with liver secondaries. At this time Andrew was living alone in a small flat a few minutes’ drive from his parents’ home. Because the treatment which Andrew had agreed to involved a long recovery, he decided to move back home with his parents for a while so that he would have someone to
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Tasting menu: Highlights from the August 20th 2016 edition
This week: the future of television, how to win more olympic medals and the economic history of skyscrapers
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1.4 Broadly typical phases of PhD research

A modern PhD can be viewed as having three key phases (very roughly, but not strictly, corresponding to the three years of a full-time degree), each of which contributes a necessary element of mastery:

  1. Orientation – mastering the literature and formulating a research problem and plan.

  2. Intensive research – gathering the evidence to support the thesis, whether empirical or theoretical.

  3. Entering t
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2.3 The impact of Katrina on New Orleans

Activity 1

Below are four extracts from different commentators reflecting on the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans.

  • In what ways do they offer contrasting interpretatio
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The new Charlie Hebdo controversy
The decision by PEN America to award a prize of courage to the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has divided the literary community
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Women in Prison: more troubled than troublesome [Audio]
Speaker(s): Baroness Corston | The overwhelming majority of women in our prisons are serving very short sentences for non-violent offences frequently associated with mental ill health, abuse, addiction and poverty. Every year, about 17,000 children are affected by their mothers’ imprisonment, and, far too often, the family link is broken forever. Jean Corston will re-visit her groundbreaking 2007 report on vulnerable women in prison, and discuss subsequent developments. Baroness Corston is an
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