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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Bobby Ghosh - Why Global Jihad Is Losing

Throughout the history of Islam, says journalist Bobby Ghosh, there have been two sides to jihad: one internal - a personal struggle to be better - and the other external. A small minority (most recently, Osama bin Laden) has appropriated the second, using it as an excuse for deadly global violence against "the West." In this TEDTalk, Ghosh suggests that now that bin Laden's worldwide organization has fragmented, it's time to reclaim the word.
Online
2012
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Hans Rosling - Religions and Babies

Do some religions have a higher birth rate than others? And if so, how does this affect global population growth? Speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar, data visionary Hans Rosling graphs data over time and across religions to reach - with his trademark humor and sharp insight - a surprising conclusion on world fertility rates.
Online
2012
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The Future of Animal Care [electronic resource]

Human beings love their pets. Some people would spare no expense when it comes to health care for the animals in their lives; in fact, some animals are better cared for than humans. This film explores the advances made in the technology of animal health. Since they reflect human society, there has been an increase in the number of animals suffering from obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Modern technology has brought about new treatments for these diseases in animals just as in humans.
Online
2005
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Globesity [electronic resource]: Fat's New Frontier

Not so long ago, countries like Mexico, India, and China counted malnutrition as a major health concern. Today, hundreds of millions of people in these countries are coping with obesity and its associated diseases, growing fatter, and at a faster rate, than Americans. This program explores the shocking explosion of global obesity and examines its links to increasing wealth and changing diets. The video travels to Mexico, where two-thirds of the population is overweight due to the popularity of soft drinks; to Brazil, where cheap, highly processed foods are found in even the most remote areas; to India, where a combination of better wages and genetic predisposition has experts predicting a diabetes epidemic; and to China, where a new middle class consumes more sugar and fat, and far m [...]
Online
2012
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Education, Education [electronic resource]: What Does an Education Get You?

When the Chinese government privatized universities in 1997 education became a commodity, with some institutions charging the equivalent of 60 years of income in exchange for a college degree. And while many saw the steep cost as a good investment, the system now produces more than 2 million graduates every year who join the "ant tribe" - a battalion of recent grads unable to find work. This program examines trends in Chinese education that leave young people barred from good employment opportunities, or hopelessly in debt, making schooling a cause of poverty instead of a way out of it.
Online
2012
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Skin Deep [electronic resource]: Nina Jablonski's Theory of Race

Students of evolution understand that when our ancient African ancestors lost their body hair and ventured out onto the hot savannah, their skin became dark to protect against UV radiation, while subsequent migration away from the equator yielded paler people. But in 2000, Penn State University anthropologist Nina Jablonski proposed a startling new theory as to why human pigmentation is so diverse. In this program, Jablonski suggests that skin color evolved mainly to allow for the production of vitamin D and folic acid, both necessary for reproductive success. Focusing on groundbreaking research and personal accounts of scientists around the world, the film takes a fresh look at the interplay between environmental adaptation and human skin tones.
Online
2012
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Land of the Dogon [electronic resource]: World Heritage in Peril

With its traditional peak-roofed huts nestled along the Cliff of Bandiagara, the Dogon people's homeland looks idyllic, like something from a child's storybook. But the Dogons are facing real-world problems. Fear of al Qaeda keeps tourists away, the younger generation is bored and restless, and precious artifacts are disappearing, though UNESCO has made this part of Mali a World Heritage Site. This extraordinary program immerses viewers in Dogon village life as farmers, tour guides, and elders discuss the challenges of modernization. The film captures Dogon efforts to protect their famed wooden sculptures, with the help of a local museum; in addition, villagers open up about myths and rituals in a land where ancient indigenous beliefs, Islam, and Christianity continue to coexist.
Online
2012
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Peter Diamandis - Abundance Is Our Future

Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism - that we'll invent, innovate, and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I'm not saying we don't have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down," says Diamandis, who runs the X Prize Foundation and chairs Singularity University.
Online
2012
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Bryan Stevenson - We Need to Talk About an Injustice

In an engaging and personal TEDtalk - with cameo appearances by his grandmother and Rosa Parks - human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight, and persuasiveness. Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative.
Online
2012
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Last Call Indian [electronic resource]: Searching for Mohawk Identity

By the time Sonia Boileau's grandfather Mitchell left the Shingwauk Indian Residential School in 1947 he no longer knew how to speak his native tongue. The institution had done its job well - Mitchell married and raised children, who didn't realize until they had children of their own that Mitchell was in fact Mohawk. Sonia now faces a similar stripping away of the First Nation heritage her family only recently reclaimed. According to Canada's Indian Act, any children she has will not be "officially Indian" unless their father has the requisite percentage of indigenous blood. In this powerful documentary, filmmaker Sonia Boileau returns to Shingwauk to work out the implications of her grandfather's life and of his death, especially in relation to Canada's race policies and her own cu [...]
Online
2010
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Female Circumcision [electronic resource]

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines female circumcision, also known as female genital mutilation, as "all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons." WHO estimates that 140 million women and girls around the world have experienced it, including 101 million in Africa. This episode explores the efforts to treat female circumcision as a human rights abuse. Pulitzer prize-winning author Alice Walker discusses her novel, Possessing the Secret Joy, about the response of an African woman to this cultural tradition. Also featured, "Diary from Hell" is a documentary about Manila's Smokey Mountain garbage dump, making the link between the environment and human rights; and a Sa [...]
Online
1993
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Children and Human Rights: Part 1 [electronic resource]

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted in 1989 to protect the rights of children, is the most widely ratified human rights treaty ever. It encompasses civil rights and freedoms, family environment, basic health and welfare, and education. This episode gives an overview of the condition of children around the world. From a rap video created by students at El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in Brooklyn, to a profile of a 13-year-old African-American boy in Washington, D.C., and a 15-year-old girl in India. Also featured are reports on the brutality against Brazilian street children; commentary from Andrew Tyndall on television news coverage of children and human rights; and a performance of Judy Collins' song "I Dream of Peace.
Online
1994
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Heroes of Human Rights [electronic resource]

This episode celebrates the heroes in the fight for human rights. Features include excepts from the documentary "At the Edge of Conflict" about the Waiapi people who fought for and won tribal land rights, and a profile of Guatemalan Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú - an advocate for indigenous and women's rights. Further profiles include Richard N'Sanzabagoma, a human rights activist from Rwanda, and Geoffrey Canada, who defends the rights of children in Harlem. Also, journalist Roy Gutman and filmmaker Ademir Kenovic chronicle the war in the former Yugoslavia, and journalist Veronica Guerin, who was murdered while covering the war in Ireland, is remembered. Finally, a conversation with Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Elie Wiesel.
Online
1996
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The Pursuit of Happiness in Ethiopia and the U.S. [electronic resource]: Intercultural Connections

Traditionally, psychologists have focused on what goes wrong in people's lives rather than what's going right, but theorists now are shifting their attention to the dynamics of thriving individuals and communities. Approaching the concept from diverse cultural perspectives, this program identifies factors that lead to lasting happiness for both American and Ethiopian students. Dr. Alexis Karris Bachic provides an overview of positive psychology as she debunks the notion that lottery winners must be happier than the poor; and while the two groups of students pursue joy in different ways, Bachic maintains that gratitude, pursuing goals, and good personal relationships are fundamental to well-being across all cultures.
Online
2013
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The Role of Altruism in a Meaningful Life [electronic resource]

Although Ethiopia and the U.S. are worlds apart economically, citizens of both countries cite the same factors when asked what makes their lives meaningful. Is it possible that humanitarian ideals could play a part once a community's basic survival needs are met? This program discusses the role of altruism in personal happiness, profiling individuals from vastly different cultures who all say that helping others is key. Experts in positive psychology explain how the charitable impulse relates to well-being, and the link is further explored when African and American volunteers from four international philanthropic groups tell why they get involved. In addition, the video looks at how, when, and why altruism develops in children.
Online
2013
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Five Dimensions of Culture in Ethiopia, South Africa, and the U.S. [electronic resource]

Might an African nation with a long history of apartheid and one that experienced only a brief period of colonization have different national morés? Could citizens of either type of country hold the same views as second-generation Asian-Americans? Are there beliefs about societal behavior that are common to all peoples? In this program, college students from Ethiopia, South Africa, and the U.S. discuss what Geert Hofstede called "the five dimensions of culture" - regard for individuality, gender roles, ability to tolerate social change, hierarchy, and long-term planning. As the students explain how these values are expressed in their home countries, viewers learn which attitudes are unique and which are shared by communities around the world.
Online
2013
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Indigenous People [electronic resource]

Under constant threat of losing their land to corporate agriculture and federal government ownership, native Hawaiians in Papakolea petitioned Congress to protect their land under the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act. The appeal gained the support of FDR and the U.S. Congress. Their 1930s victory continues to affect the lives of Hawaiians to this day while their determination to keep their culture alive is told by the few surviving elders. This episode examines the impact this decision made on native Hawaiian culture and heritage and the struggle to preserve what land still remains. Also, the discovery of gold and its extraction threatens the lives and culture of the T`boli people of the Philippines, and a celebration of indigenous people from around the world at the Earth Summit in Rio [...]
Online
1993
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Women's Rights as Human Rights [electronic resource]

More than half a million women die each year from pregnancy and childbirth. Gender-based violence kills and disables as many women between the ages of 15 and 45 as cancer does. Women are twice a likely as men to be illiterate. These were some of the issues that were discussed at the Beijing Women's Conference. This episode looks at the progress that has been made in the struggle for women's rights, and how far there still is to go. Feminist activist Bella Abzug discusses the growing empowerment of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the strategies that made the Beijing conference so successful. Also featured are reports on three grassroots organizers from Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and the United States, and how women's issues are linked globally, plus an interview with Vandana Shiv [...]
Online
1996
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The Future of Modern Living [electronic resource]

The world we live in is becoming ever faster and more complex. This film explores how technology and digital data processing are providing us with luxury features that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. Millions of people all over the world now let a computer pick out the perfect partner for life, and virtual creatures are becoming more and more humanlike. Modern living is supposed to make our life easier than ever before, but does it really?
Online
2000
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Medicine [electronic resource]

We often think of modern medicine as only really beginning at the Renaissance - but we're wrong. The Edwin Smith Papyrus is an ancient textbook on surgery that dates back to about 1600 BC. It is full of details on the examination, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of numerous ailments. This film looks into the grisly but brilliant surgeries of the great ancient physicians to witness three procedures common at the time but which would not be attempted successfully again for nearly 2,000 years?
Online
2002