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Ask Not

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ASK NOT exposes the tangled political battles that led to DADT and examines the societal shifts that have occurred since its 1993 passage. Since the law's implementation, more than 12,000 personnel have been discharged including linguists and others whose skills are critical to military operations. Current and veteran gay soldiers reveal how the policy has affected them during their tours of duty as they struggle to maintain a double life, uncertain of whom they can trust. The film also explores how gay veterans and youth organizers are turning to activism to challenge DADT. More than 15 years after DADT was passed, scores of retired and active military officers support doing away with it. The film looks at the history of "don't ask, don't tell" and as attitudes change, examines its [...]
DVD
2008
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Through a Child's Eyes

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This film follows seven different children who live in poverty in seven different countries--India, Egypt, USA (New York), Romania, Cambodia, Rwanda and Brazil--who share their experiences of life in poverty so articulately while retaining their joyous spirit of childhood.
DVD
2007; 2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Women, a True Story

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Reveals the heart, mind, and soul of half of the world's human population--women. In each program, women from around the world tell their personal stories and discuss the burning issues facing all women today.
VHS
1997
Ivy (By Request)
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Burning Bush [electronic resource]: Saving Peat Swamp Forests in Indonesia

The intention behind the Indonesian Mega Rice Project was a good one: by demolishing millions of acres of peat swamp forest, land could be cleared to cultivate much-needed grain. But the project unleashed a cascade of interlocking social and ecological catastrophes - a situation considered to be one of the worst environmental disasters on the planet. This program follows the efforts of agronomist Suwido Limin to protect his peat swamp forest research areas from the fires raging across Borneo as a result of the failed Mega Rice Project. The film makes the point that the flames now ravaging this unique ecosystem are also destroying an important carbon sink, exacerbating climate change and helping to give Indonesia the dubious distinction of being the world's third-largest emitter of gr [...]
Online
2009
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Seed Warriors [electronic resource]: Scientists Fighting for Global Food Security

Called both a "Doomsday Vault" and a library of life, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a collection of the seeds of thousands of different plant species, held in frozen reserve against the eventuality of ecological disaster or other means of crop extinction. This program spotlights scientists who are working with the Svalbard team to preserve Earth's biodiversity, along with some potential recipients of that endeavor - Kenyan farmers affected by drought due to climate change. With sobering discussions about the potential impact of global warming on the world's food supply, Seed Warriors makes the point that taking action now is a wise safeguard against future food shortages.
Online
2009
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The Language You Cry in [electronic resource]

Spanning hundreds of years and thousands of miles, this program recounts the remarkable saga of how a nursery rhyme sung by the Gullah people of present-day Georgia was confirmed to be of African origin. When 18th-century slavers sent human cargo from Sierra Leone to America's coastal South, they also sent a trove of cultural information that had been passed from Mende mothers to their daughters for generations-including a particular song that had been carefully preserved because it was used in funeral rites. With the help of anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, linguists, and the singers themselves, the "nonsense lyrics" of the song found in Georgia were identified as those of the Mende dirge.
Online
1998
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Inside the Metaverse [electronic resource]

Creating worlds is what I do, says Richard Bartle, virtual world pioneer and co-creator of the first MUD, or multi-user dungeon game. In this program Bartle, Second Life creator Philip Rosedale, and others involved in digital reality discuss the development and philosophy of online gaming worlds. A couple who spends at least 30 hours a week on Second Life are among the enthusiasts who explain what makes the metaverse so compelling, and the founder of IGE weighs in on "RTM"-the practice of paying real money for virtual goods and services. Finally, Michael Heim, known as the Philosopher of Cyberspace, shares his views on the importance of virtual worlds as a new medium for human expression.
Online
2010
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The Knowledge of Healing

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The first feature documentary dealing extensively with Tibetan medicine, which is based on Buddhist principles and developed over two millenia.
DVD
1996
Clemons (Stacks)