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A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics and the American Dream

Examines the history of the US eugenics movement and its recent resurrection, which uses false scientific claims and holds that an all-powerful 'gene' determines who is worthy and who is not.
2018; 2017

A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics and the American Dream

"There is a dangerous idea that has threatened the America dream from the very beginning. It is a strong current of biological determinism, which views some groups, races and individuals as inherently superior to others and more deserving of fundamental rights. Despite the founders' assertion that "all are created equal" this idea was used to justify disenfranchising women, blacks and Native Americans from the earliest days of the Republic." -- Container.
Clemons (Stacks)

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity

"In the U.S., race --more than any other demographic factor-- determines levels of individual educational achievement, health and life expectancy, possibility of incarceration, and wealth. This film reveals a self-perpetuating system of inequity in which internal factors play out in external structures: institutions, policy and law. Designed for dialogue and learning, Cracking the codes : the system of racial inequity works to disentangle internal beliefs within, as it builds skills to recognize and address the external drivers of inequity"--Container.
Clemons (Stacks)

Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible

This film advances the argument that with transformative learning, a dialogue for learning, changing, healing, and undoing race-based oppression can begin. It features the experiences and stories of White women and men who are social justice advocates. They have worked to gain insight into what it means, as White people, to challenge notions of race, racism, culture and White identity development in the United States. Their shared reflections speak to the denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear and shame often related to these issues and show how these responses can be replaced with solid commitments towards racial justice.
Clemons (Stacks)

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: LZ Granderson - the Myth of the Gay Agenda

In a humorous talk with an urgent message, LZ Granderson points out the absurdity in the idea that there's a "gay lifestyle," much less a "gay agenda." CNN and ESPN columnist LZ Granderson is a celebrated voice on sports, race, and gay rights.

She Says [electronic resource]: Women in News

In this classic program, ten pioneering female journalists talk about the difficulty they had breaking into what was once a male-dominated profession. The documentary highlights their struggle to be taken seriously and the impact they eventually had on news reporting. Anna Quindlen recalls the drama of covering Geraldine Ferraro's 1984 bid for vice president, and Nina Totenberg and Narda Zacchino discuss the significance of female journalists reporting on the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hall sexual harassment case. Carole Simpson, the first African-American female network anchor, details how news typically comes from a "white, male perspective" despite the diverse makeup of her own newsroom, and Helen Thomas gives credit to earlier newswomen, such as Barbara Walters, who helped break down [...]

Closing the Gender Gap [electronic resource]: Job Club

The pay gap between men and women has long been a fact of life, but the tide may be turning. This ABC News report finds that one group of women are doing better than others. Women under the age of 30 who are not married and have no children earn up to eight percent more than their male counterparts.

Women, Work, and Having It All [electronic resource]

An article on balancing career and motherhood has drawn nearly a million views online and sparked a bigger debate about the role of women in the work force. NewsHour correspondent Judy Woodruff discusses the subject with Anne-Marie Slaughter, Monica Olivera of MommyMaestra, and Naomi Decter, vice president of the public relations firm, Beckerman.

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.

Intellectual Parity [electronic resource]: What Little Girls Are Made of

In the 19th century, science held the view that women were intellectually inferior to men. This argument was carefully cultivated over the years by the "science" of phrenology and subsequent research into skull size, brain makeup, and even facial angles. All of this seemingly proved that neuroanatomical deficiencies in women made them less intelligent than men and more fit for child-bearing and domestic duties. This program from the BBC archives examines the history of intellectual prejudice against women, and how that prejudice has diminished educational opportunities. Scientist and host Jan Harding discusses the barriers that nearly thwarted her own science career, and insists that prejudice still exists in the classroom today. Throughout the program, stories of famous women in sci [...]

28 Up Part 1 [electronic resource]: U.K.

After three previous installments, each one covering a particular stage of human growth and development, the Up series expanded its approach and turned age 28 into a multi-part episode. It's also worth noting that a revised version of the original 7 Up program was created, offering viewers new voice-over narration and additional content. Here, the re-edited 7 Up functions as an in-depth look back at early childhood and as a splendid stage-setter for meeting the participants at age 28 (which happens in items 51879 and 51880). Revisiting the 1964 classic reminds us once again of how absorbing, multifaceted, and changeable each of these personal journeys has been and how difficult it is to predict the life-path of any child-even in postwar, class-dominated Britain.

One Fine Day [electronic resource]: Individual Acts of Courage and Defiance

Idealists thrive on the notion that a single person can change the world-but what basis does it have in reality? Is there room for it in an age of oppression and unrepentant brutality? This film profiles six people from different cultures and religions who, through small nonviolent actions, helped to overcome injustice. Ashin Kovida, a Buddhist monk now living in the U.S., reflects on his leadership of anti-government protests in Myanmar, formerly Burma. Maria Jesus Sanhueza, a young Chilean woman, describes her role in the Penguin Revolution which brought about government funding for education. And Christian Fuhrer, former pastor of the St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig, Germany, recounts the Monday Demonstrations and "Prayers for Peace" that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Equally [...]

Tolerance [electronic resource]

Passed by referendum, California's Proposition 187 prohibits undocumented immigrants from using social services such as health care and education. This law, along with a record number of hate crimes, attacks on civil rights, the escalation of racism, and community conflict created an atmosphere of hopelessness among minorities. This episode examines Los Angeles' attempts to promote tolerance. Also featured are interviews with controversial author and philosopher, Cornel West, and human rights hero and children's conflict resolution educator, Darryl Williams. Williams was paralyzed by a sniper's bullet during Boston's busing crisis in 1979?

Some of the Strangest Medical Cases [electronic resource]: Is There a "Gay Gene"?

Is sexual identity biological or behavioral? Is there a "gay gene"? This ABC News report explores these questions with two families that have gay sons, both of whom were sure of their sexual identity from childhood. Opinions in the scientific community vary on this, including proponents of gay cure programs, and studies are underway to determine if people are born gay or if it is a learned behavior.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Brenda Brathwaite - Gaming for Understanding

It's never easy to get across the magnitude of complex tragedies, so when Brenda Brathwaite's daughter came home from school asking about slavery, she did what she does for a living: she designed a game. At TEDxPhoenix, Brathwaite describes the surprising effectiveness of this game and others in helping the player really understand the story.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Daphne Koller - What We're Learning From Online Education

Educator Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free - not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. In this TEDTalk, Koller explains how Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company cofounded with Andrew Ng, tracks each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion, and self-graded assignment to build an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed.

Taking on the Boys' Club [electronic resource]: Women in the Workplace

This two-part ABC News program examines the workplace that emerged in the '90s - a workplace influenced by sexual discrimination law suits and the ensuing legislation that defines sexual harassment not only in quid pro quo terms , but also as fostering a "hostile environment." In the first segment, professional women discuss the discrimination they have encountered as doctors and lawyers and their legal struggles to overcome the "boys' club" mentality pervasive in many professions. In the second segment, issues of environment and appropriate behavior guidelines are discussed. Of particular interest is the military - a traditional bastion for men that is seeking to develop new rules that allow both men and women to work side-by-side, with stringent guidelines as to permissible interac [...]

Women in the Combat Zone [electronic resource]

In places where the military grapples with insurgents, servicewomen and servicemen alike face the very real risk of injury or sudden death by ambush, booby trap, or sniper fire. In this ABC News program, correspondent Deborah Amos reports on the experiences of U.S. servicewomen in Iraq and how, by their ever-growing presence in the armed forces, they are reshaping the historically male military establishment.

A Hidden America [electronic resource]: Return to Strawberry Mansion

Diane Sawyer returns to Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion High, once considered one of the most dangerous schools in the country. Viewer donations have made a difference at the school but violence and under-staffing are still a problem. Principal Linda Cliatt-Wayman continues to fight for her students.